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PCB “La Borgata” Development In Spotlight Once Again

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A vacant lot on the west end of Panama City Beach is in the spotlight once again.

The potential development known as "La Borgata" was slated to be an impressive commercial and residential community with ties to country music star, Alan Jackson.

That project never truly got started and now developers are looking to adjust zoning requirements.

The site across the street from the Wild Heron Subdivision ran into hot water in 2011 when one of the three property owners wanted to create a luxury RV park. Needless to say that wasn't popular among area residents and it was voted down.

In February of 2012, developers wanted to adjust the planned unit development, or PUD, for retail sales and services. Once again, the beach planning board voted that down.

With the adoption of a new beach land development code last year, la forge properties is looking to once again adjust their PUD for retail sales that would butt up against planned and current residential sites, much to the dismay of area residents who came out in force to voice their concerns.

"When I originally saw the luxury trailer park idea I knew, it's these developers went belly...it's they want to squeeze as much money out of their poor investment, mind you, on the backs of everybody else who lives in that area," said concerned citizen, Nicole Hopkins. "With his desire to rezone, he is going to benefit himself. He will adversely affect thousands of other residents. It just doesn't even...it's just wrong."

Ultimately, the Planning Board didn't act upon the request and essentially left it as it has been since early 2012.

This means the developer can now move for an appeal in front of the city council.