Planning Board OKs plans for resort
The Panama City Beach Planning Board on Monday approved the site development of a full-service family resort to be located at the Chateau Motel.
The resort, at 12520 and 12525 Front Beach Road, will include renovations to the Chateau Motel, a convention center, along with a new structure to house a parking deck on the north side of Front Beach Road. It also will include a spa, fitness center, parking deck and more, said Roy Decker of Duvall Decker Architects.
He said the project should take about a year and a half to complete. By the Sea Resorts is the project’s developer.
Planning Chairman Ed Benjamin said the project has its benefits and disadvantages.
“We’re going to generate a lot more construction jobs and bring a lot of people here,” he said. ” A potential downside would be there are a lot of people concerned about traffic.”
In fact, board member Mark Sheldon said the area doesn’t need a cross light for a suggested pedestrian crosswalk, which was suggested by some board members and discussed.
“I don’t think we need another traffic light on Front Beach Road,” he said. “Adding another light is impeding more traffic.”
The project was approved without the requirement of a crosswalk.
Before the board made its decision, Decker and representatives from the architect company had to fulfill requirements and suggestions by the Board, which included adjusting parking spaces from 9 feet by 18 feet to 9 feet by 20 feet, bringing some of the building toward Front Beach Road to make it easier for people to move through the area, Decker said.
Decker said the company is working on the final design and documents to construct the building. In addition, he said the company has to secure permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and finalize a development order application with the City of Panama City Beach.
“We’re going to work closely with the building department and the planning department,” he said.
The board’s decision is final, unless it is appealed to the City Council.