Panama Town Seashore tourism advancement tax district could be expanded

PANAMA City BEACH  — Breakfast Stage East shortly may well turn into portion of the Panama Metropolis Seaside Vacationer Advancement Council’s taxing district.

In the course of a TDC meeting last 7 days, officers agreed to talk to the Bay County Fee to consider expanding the TDC’s taxing district to contain land in the unincorporated portion of Bay County that surrounds the Panama Metropolis Beach front Athletics Intricate.   

That would let the group gather a 5% bed tax at the impending Homewood Suites by Hilton, as nicely as any future housing complexes or motels formulated by the St. Joe Corporation in the spot. 

Sunny weather brought hundreds of visitors to the beach in Panama City Beach for Labor Day weekend last year. Bay County will soon consider expanding the tourism development taxing district for the Beach.

“The Panama Town Beach front Sporting activities Park has been a catalyst for further growth on the east conclude of Panama Town Seashore,” Phil Chester, a member of the TDC and Panama Town Beach Town Council, wrote in an e mail. “It is crucial that the resorts and getaway rentals that will be developed in Breakfast Issue East are involved in the tourist advancement taxing district to aid fund all of the TDC’s actions.”

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Those activities contain seaside renourishment projects, helping general public safety and internet marketing Panama Metropolis Seashore to its millions of annual travelers, Chester extra.

During a TDC meeting Tuesday, officials agreed to ask the Bay County Commission to consider expanding the TDC's taxing district to include land in the unincorporated portion of Bay County that surrounds the Panama City Beach Sports Complex.

In accordance to info offered by the TDC, the group’s present-day taxing district incorporates all houses from the Phillips Inlet Bridge to the Hathaway Bridge that are south of Panama City Seaside Parkway (Back again Beach Highway). It also includes all homes inside of Panama Town Seashore, Panama Town and Mexico Seaside metropolis limits. 

For the duration of Tuesday’s meeting, Doug Sale, the TDC’s lawyer, said St. Joe was the only land proprietor in the region encompassing the $40 million sports complicated. He included that the group also stated it will consent to the Bay County Commission adopting an ordinance to extend the TDC’s taxing district.