St. Joe Company holds meeting to share plans to add hotel to Panama City Marina

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Nearly six months after Hurricane Michael rocked our area, Downtown Panama City is slowly coming back but there's still a long way to go. Which is why the St. Joe company is considering putting a hotel by the Marina.

"I'm really excited about the prospect of it coming to Panama City. I think it'll be really good for the economic and cultural growth," said Panama City resident Joy Fulenriquez.

Thursday, the company held a meeting to hear concerns and questions from the community about the possible project.

"We want the downtown to be successful. So if we can help in any way by creating a spark for the downtown to get positive trajectory we're very willing to do that," said St. Joe Company CEO Jorge Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said even though they're in the early planning stages, they want the community to be involved every step of the way. During the meeting, guests were able to speak with representatives from the company.

"We talked about where they're gonna build it, how long is the process and what type of impact it's gonna have on the community," said Fulenriquez.

People say they hope the hotel restores the community to even better than it once was while also preparing for the future.

"We wanna keep growing and looking for the future for our city," said Fulenriquez. "We have to grow. There's an old adage that says 'if you don't change you will die' and I believe that's true for our city."

Gonzalez said the company plans to meet with more members of the community over the next several months.