St. Joe Company hosts Panama City Marina Hotel open house

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The St. Joe Company held its fourth open house about the Panama City Marina hotel project Wednesday night.

Locals could provide feedback at the open house. (WJHG/WECP)

Displays showing designs and plans were all throughout the Panama City Center for the Arts and locals say they're glad the community is part of the design process.

Resident Joel Holstegge said, "Because not only is it going to reflect what the community wants, needs, and looks forward to, but it's also something the community can feel a part of. They can say, 'Hey I went to a workshop with that,' when they take their friends from out of town to it."

Locals could also fill out cards and give feedback to St. Joe Company representatives, officials say the feedback has changed some designs since the last open house.

Jorge Gonzalez, the President and CEO of St. Joe Company said, "We had some feedback that the hotel design was maybe a little too modern in design so we got some very specific feedback on what that means and the types of design features that they want."

But there's one thing some residents want to see that's a little more concrete.

Resident Carol Mizell said, "We want to see some progress, now we're all aware that money drives it all. I think we want to see something that is going to reaffirm that we are going to come back, and it is real, and it's not dreams in the sky."

St. Joe Company officials say they will look at the feedback from Wednesday’s event and then decide if another open house is needed.

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