PANAMA City Seaside — The Bay County Commission recently accepted expanding the Tourist Improvement Taxing District to regions owned by the St. Joe Company within Breakfast Issue East.
The Tourist Enhancement Council has been functioning with St. Joe to extend the district close to the Panama Metropolis Beach Sports activities Elaborate. Normally, that would involve a referendum on the ballot, but no one life in the space and the land is owned by St. Joe.
The expansion of the tax district will incorporate lodges that are being developed around the sports activities elaborate. St. Joe voluntarily agreed to be in the tax district.
“When the tax district was designed back in the ’80s, it was very minimal and it was concentrated on Front and Back again Seashore Road,” stated County Commissioner Philip Griffitts Jr. “Now, the evolution of the sporting activities facility, there is new resorts that are popping up outside that tax district and we’ve been performing with St. Joe to voluntarily join the tax district.”
Griffitts stated St. Joe has been an outstanding associate for the county, donating land for Northwest Florida Beaches Worldwide Airport, the sports activities complex and universities. He explained the discussion as staying “quick” with St. Joe officers when the tax district enlargement was brought to their focus.
There are programs for far more than 750 resort rooms in the space near the sporting activities elaborate. Griffitts said the far more bed tax cash officers acquire, the much more they can endorse Panama Town Seaside as a tourist location.
Officers hope the athletics complicated will go on to be a staple for Panama City Beach and a driver of the neighborhood overall economy for many years to occur. Hundreds of softball and baseball groups come all over the yr, specially all through the summer time, to compete in tournaments.
The TDC voted unanimously on Jan. 1 to recommend the taxing district growth to county commissioners.