Mann called the project “a great addition to our downtown area.”
Longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Carol Wakefield couldn’t agree more.
“An ocean front hotel with an amazing bar and restaurant. What could be better than that?” Wakefield said. “It’s something we need, you can see there’s a gap here. Something needs to make this area come alive.”
Elite Hospitality of Ormond Beach is behind the project. A spokesperson said they still need to get a lot “blessings” from different people, but they’ve gotten good feedback so far.
Wakefield believes the hotel could also boost revenue for nearby businesses.
“We need something to draw people here and this may very well do it,” Wakefield said.
The project is estimated to bring about 150 jobs to Jacksonville Beach.
Elite Hospitality said it should know more in about six months but if all goes as planned, they hope to break ground in 2019. The build out would take two years to complete.
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