Copacabana Motel to be demolished within next 60 days

Panama City officials say the demolition should happen within the next 60 days. (WJHG/WECP)
Panama City officials say the demolition should happen within the next 60 days. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 5:54 PM CST
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A well-known building described by many locals as an "eyesore" could soon be coming down.

The Copacabana Motel in St. Andrews has been on the verge of being demolished for years, but now, Panama City officials are hoping to move forward with the demolition of the building, something they say should happen in the next 60 days.

"The property owner is excited to enhance the area. We've been in talks with them for a while, as you could recall, and I think they finally see that to move St. Andrews to that next step is going to be the removal of the Copcabana," said Panama City Commissioner Mike Nichols.

City officials say saying goodbye to the Copacabana would be the start of saying hello to a better St. Andrews.

"The community's been asking for it for a long period of time. It is an eyesore, the way it sits. We've had vagrants in there, so it's just not good for the community. This will open that up and anything with new development just brings more people to our area," said Nichols.

St. Andrews business owners say they're looking forward for what's to come for the soon to be empty space.

"I'm super excited to see it coming down because it is definitely the eyesore of St. Andrews and once it comes down, I think it's just going to pave the way for more success," said the owner of Sunjammers, Brad Stephens.

As for what will be built in the Copacabana's place, officials say that's up to the property owner.

The city will hold meetings down the road to find out what people want to see come to the St. Andrews area.

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