Plans moving forward, with community input, on Panama City Marina hotel

The St. Joe Company gathered feedback on its hotel design plans. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael did a number on the Panama City Marina, but one local company wants to build it back better than ever.

Wednesday evening at the Panama City Center for the Arts in downtown Panama City, the St. Joe Company hosted its second open house concerning the new Panama City Marina hotel and many locals believe it will bring more money and new visitors to the area.

Suzanne McDowell who works Downtown said, "We need economic stimulus Downtown. We need to bring more people Downtown. We need a convention center, and we need the hotel so they'd have somewhere to stay. As a matter of fact, I'd like to see two hotels."

Susan Kern from Panama City added, "I think this is a prime time to do something really beautiful and aesthetically pleasing and really be a contribution to the community."

St. Joe Company representatives answered any questions locals asked and also gathered feedback on possible designs and locations.

Kern said, "I love the design of the old southern hotel, I don't very much care for the brick design, I like more of the old design that I think Dover and their associates have put together."

The hotel designs weren't the only ones presented. On display were designs for a restaurant, an amphitheater, and an esplanade next to the bay.

McDowell said, "I would be happy with anything to tell you the truth, as long as we get it."

Locals say they're happy the community is getting to be part of the design phase.

Kern explained, "I think it's an opportunity for St. Joe, who is actually part of the community, and the community itself to give input and I think that's important.

The St. Joe Company says it plans to hold a few more open houses in the coming months.

If you missed the open house, but still want to see the designs click here.

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