Moving forward with construction of the new indoor sports center

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The wheels are in motion for the new indoor sports center coming to the Panama City Beach Sports Complex.

Construction will begin after the TDC receives funding from FEMA and Triumph Gulf Coast. (WJHG/WECP)

The Bay County Commission approved the plan to move forward under the Tourist Development Council.

The indoor sports center is estimated to be completed in 18 months.

Construction will begin after the TDC receives funding from FEMA and Triumph Gulf Coast. TDC Executive Director Dan Rowe said they are seeking $13.8 million from FEMA and the rest from Triumph Gulf Coast. The center will cost $40 million in total.

Officials say the center will also function as an emergency command center.

"We had thousands of people coming into our destination after Hurricane Michael and this allows those folks to be able to have a place where they can come and they can operate from, so they can really get out and effectively serve our local population," Rowe said.

The center will be 117,000 square feet. It will be located on the east side of the parking lot next to the complex.

Rowe also said, "The Bay County Board of County Commissioners was able to refinance the debt on the outdoor sports park."

The city can now pay off the debt on the park a year and a half early.

"The rate when we first built the sports park was 4 percent and now the county was able to get that rate down to 2 percent," Rowe said.

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