Construction at 55+ Panhandle community begins: Eventually there will be 170,000 houses

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Development work on a 110,500 acre, 55+ community between Pensacola and Panama City is underway, with the construction of 13 model homes for the first 248 homes of what will eventually include 170,000 residences.

Partners Minto Communities USA, Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company said the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound’s models are expected to open next April.

In total, the community’s initial phase is anticipated to include approximately 3,500 homes. The site is in the heart of St. Joe’s Bay-Walton Sector Plan, with approximately 15 miles of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway. Houses will be priced starting in the $200,000s.

“With this incredible location, we have a blank canvas that allows us to create a unique living environment with access to the Intracoastal and some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere,” Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division president William Bullock said in a statement.

The community will include a Town Center and a Town Square offering a full-size concert stage, jumbo screen to project live concerts and movies, and large area for dancing. The Town Center also includes a Fins Up! Fitness Center, lagoon-like Paradise Pool, Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant, Changes in Attitude Bar, Workin’ N’ Playin’ Center and Last Mango Theater.

A Hangar Workshop will be available for golf cart tune-ups, and a Barkaritaville Pet Spa and Barkaritaville Dog Park keep four-legged residents happy and healthy. In addition, there are tennis and pickleball courts, and nature trails.

“The start of construction on the model homes at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound represents another significant milestone for this community,” said Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of St. Joe.

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