PCB Planning Board Approves Resort, Focuses On Parking and Pedestrian Access

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A new resort planned for development on Front Beach Road is set to bring big changes to Panama City Beach.

The Beach Planning Board voted (6-1) Monday to approve the request to add this new development to an already existing old hot-spot, 'The Chateau' hotel. The property was purchased from By the Seas Resorts.

"We're going to have a brand new building. The old one is going to be modified," said PCB Planning Board Chairman Ed Benjamin.

Board members made a few changes by keeping the size of parking in front of the hotel.

"We'll stick with the nine by twenty standard parking space recommendation," said Benjamin.

The full-service resort will also have 40,000 square foot of convention space linked to a bridge that will bring visitors to additional parking.

"Across the street to the North side of Front Beach Road will be an over 500-car parking garage and convention center to support the facility," said Duval Decker Architects' Roy Decker.

Board members also discussed access for pedestrians."One of the things we talked about today was the necessity of or lack thereof of a stop-sign on Front-Beach Road for pedestrian crossing," said Benjamin.

Benjamin says the crosswalk is a recommendation they'll have to seek before the Florida Department of Transportation. He says one of the main goals is to keep in mind traffic concerns.
"Everybody is in favor of all the tourism money coming here, but the tourism brings traffic, and that seems to be the biggest concern for most of the people."

Plans for this resort will move forward after the recommendation by the board is signed, and there are no protests within the ten-day protest period.

Architects say the project is expected to be completed by Spring 2019.

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