Visit Panama City Beach (Florida), the St. Joe Company and the Bay County School Board have announced a public-private partnership that would bring a sports village and K-8 public school to Panama City Beach, Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, St. Joe Company will donate approximately 210 acres of land on the east end of Breakfast Point and Visit Panama City Beach has purchased a 10-acre tract of land at 8222 Panama City Beach Parkway with tourist development tax funds and funds received from British Petroleum (BP) damages.
“Sports have become a major part of the Panama City Beach experience and our scenic coastal setting is a natural draw for athletes and fans alike from across the country,” said Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “Anchored by the generosity of the St. Joe Company and our commitment to developing and marketing a world-class sports village, this is a day to celebrate a bright future for Panama City Beach tourism.”
In addition to the sports village, a K-8 public school will be built on the land.
“This is an exemplary partnership, which is of great benefit to our students, parents and community,” says Bay County School Board Superintendent Bill Husfelt. “We welcome this multi-faceted plan that offers solutions to address concerns brought on by tremendous growth on Panama City Beach. This also allows us all to multiply the utilization of our tax dollars. Our thanks to the St. Joe Company for many years of support for Bay District Schools and for including us with the Panama City Beach CVB in this exciting project.”
The first phase of the multimillion-dollar project will focus on rectangle fields for competitions such as lacrosse, soccer and flag football. The village will also include concession areas, tournament headquarters facilities and nature and fitness trails.