PCB to get new Comfort Inn
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Visitors will soon have another place to stay along the Gulf Coast.
Set to break ground within the next week or two is a new Comfort Inn, which will be located near Griffin Boulevard and U.S. Highway 98.
According to Robert Carroll, vice president of McNeil Carroll Engineering, the 84-room development will take about a year to build.
“Panama City Beach continues to grow, and this is yet another quality project that will come to Panama City Beach for our visitors to stay,” Carroll said.
He added that the project was linked to a local private developer who owns several hotels.
“He hires an engineer and an architect, we develop the site plans and the architect develops the floor plans and elevations of the building,” Carroll said. “Then, we submit it to the city of Panama City Beach.”
Before the project is approved, it is reviewed by the city’s planning, engineering and utility departments, as well as by the Florida Department of Transportation, he added.
Anneka Houck, a permit technician for Panama City Beach, said estimated construction costs tally up to more than $7 million.
Carroll added that he expects the area to keep developing. He agreed that it seems PCB can never have enough places for visitors to stay along the Emerald Coast.
“We’ve been discovered, that’s for sure,” he said. “With the addition of the (Panama City Beach) Sports Complex, the expansion of sports and the year-round activities around here, there’s more and more hotels that are coming up.”