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Hotel planned for Panama City Beach airport

November 15, 2018

WEST BAY, Fla. (AP) — The Northwest Beaches International Airport will soon have a hotel on property to accommodate increasing passenger traffic.

The News Herald reports that the St. Joe Company has announced plans to break ground next year on a 110- to 125-room hotel on the property of the airport in West Bay, near Panama City Beach.

In 2017 the eight-year-old airport surpassed 900,000 passengers for the first time. Officials said had it not been for Hurricane Michael, which struck the area in October, the airport was on pace to surpass 1 million passengers this year.

St. Joe President and CEO Jorge Gonzalez said his company is negotiating with a number of major hotel corporations. He hopes the hotel will open in 2020.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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