PANAMA Metropolis Beach — The Bay County Commission recently authorized expanding the Vacationer Development Taxing District to areas owned by the St. Joe Company within Breakfast Point East.
The Vacationer Growth Council has been doing the job with St. Joe to extend the district about the Panama Town Seaside Sports Complex. Ordinarily, that would require a referendum on the ballot, but no person lives in the region and the land is owned by St. Joe.
The growth of the tax district will consist of lodges that are becoming developed around the sports activities sophisticated. St. Joe voluntarily agreed to be in the tax district.
“When the tax district was created back again in the ’80s, it was extremely negligible and it was targeted on Entrance and Back Beach Highway,” explained County Commissioner Philip Griffitts Jr. “Now, the evolution of the sporting activities facility, there’s new inns that are popping up outside that tax district and we have been operating with St. Joe to voluntarily sign up for the tax district.”
Griffitts reported St. Joe has been an fantastic lover for the county, donating land for Northwest Florida Seashores Worldwide Airport, the sporting activities complex and schools. He explained the conversation as getting “uncomplicated” with St. Joe officials when the tax district expansion was brought to their awareness.
There are ideas for much more than 750 lodge rooms in the space near the sporting activities complicated. Griffitts said the more mattress tax revenue officers receive, the much more they can endorse Panama City Beach front as a tourist location.
Officers be expecting the sports complex will continue on to be a staple for Panama Metropolis Seaside and a driver of the neighborhood economy for a long time to come. Hundreds of softball and baseball groups appear through the calendar year, primarily all through the summer months, to compete in tournaments.
The TDC voted unanimously on Jan. 1 to advise the taxing district enlargement to county commissioners.