First step taken in construction of Latitude Margaritaville Watersoun

Published: Feb. 20, 2019 at 6:36 PM CST
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Bay County commissioners took the first step toward developing a 55 and over community in Bay and Walton counties Wednesday.

During Wednesday morning's Bay County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a zone change for the land that'll house Latitude Margaritaville Watersound.

Commissioner Keith Baker's district serves the area. He says this is the first of several development orders on the long path to construction.

The property is about 2,500 acres and it's located northwest of the Highway 388 and Highway 79 intersection.

According to Baker, the community will be equipped with many amenities tailored to that age group. "I think it's gonna really give Bay County... put us on the map, and people, especially in that age group, will want to retire here and so all that does is improve our community overall so we're excited," said Baker.

According to Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock, “Minto is now targeting mid 2020 rather than early 2020 for the opening of Latitude Margaritaville Watersound because there were some minor permitting delays post Hurricane Michael.”