PANAMA City Seashore — Passengers at Northwest Florida Shorelines International Airport (ECP) before long will have a new lodging selection right down the street.
Situated near the intersection of Enterprise Crossings Boulevard and West Bay Parkway, the Hilton Yard Inn is slated to open up future summertime right after far more than a year of development, according to Mike Kerrigan, spokesman for the St. Joe Firm.
“(Panama Metropolis Seashore has) truly matured as a place and is attracting a large variety of guests all through the 12 months that are coming for distinctive reasons, together with business journey,” Kerrigan explained. “To have a lodge actual shut and practical to the airport, we imagine will be really interesting.”
The development will characteristic 143 rooms and is a single of three motels at this time remaining crafted by St. Joe in Bay County. The other websites are situated east of Pier Park on Entrance Beach front Road and throughout from the Panama Town Seashore Sports activities Advanced off Chip Seal Parkway.
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The company, which has invested extra than $100 million on a selection of area developments given that Hurricane Michael, also opened a TownePlace Suites around Frank Brown Park previously this year. Business officials also introduced strategies to split ground on a further resort at the Panama Town Marina upcoming yr.
As of Monday, crews ended up hectic working on the Hilton Yard Inn, which broke ground towards the end of 2019, Kerrigan mentioned. Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction has absent “really efficiently” this 12 months, he extra.
Richard McConnell, deputy government director of ECP, claimed that owning a hotel close to the airport is crucial to its upcoming expansion.
ECP officials a short while ago declared they expect the airport’s master system to be total subsequent spring. This will be used to map out expansions all through the up coming couple of a long time.
“(The resort) satisfies the demand of some of our travellers and our patrons who want to stay shut to the airport, be near to their flights (or) want to be able to maybe come the night time just before and continue to be an night,” McConnell stated.
He included that as the airport and community continue on to improve and create, 1 of the issues the air transportation marketplace demands is near-by lodging possibilities for travelers — something ECP isn’t going to have however.
McConnell also said that it really is not only popular for much larger global airports to have encompassing hotels, but really critical to their functions.
“We’re in a point in time now the place the sustained growth of the airport is demanding that we provide some kind of amenity these kinds of as a resort or a put to continue to be overnight shut to the airport,” he reported.