The old Copacabana Hotel may soon be rubble

Published: Apr. 14, 2020 at 8:51 PM CDT
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The old Copacabana Hotel on Beck Avenue in St. Andrews could soon be gone.

The building has been empty for years, and Panama City commissioners have tried to have the hotel, that many call an eyesore, torn down; they even got code enforcement involved.

It was a hot topic of discussion at Tuesday's commission meeting.

We spoke with City Commissioner Mike Nichols who says the commission did sit down with the property owner who agreed the building needs to come down.

"He's committed to improving the area. He has already pulled his permit for demolition. That was done yesterday (Monday). He's got a contractor to tear it down. We have to wait 10 days. The EPA has to approve the permit, and once that's approved from DEP, he will be moving forward with the demolition of the Copacabana," said Nichols.

Also Tuesday, the commission approved the demolition of the old American Quality Inn between 19th Street and Highway 98 by the new flyover, as well as the demolition of the old city hall

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