News of the Panama City Bay County International Airport is in the news in Jacksonville. This makes sense as St. Joe, with one of Florida’s largest real estate holdings with over 800,000 acres, is based in Jacksonville. read more
The latest word on groundbreaking falls sometime in October. I haven’t heard any solid dates as of yet, but I hope to attend.
Recently Phoenix Construction of Lynn Haven was awarded the bid on construction of the first phase of the new Bay County Airport construction. Their bid was the lowest at $80 million and includes clearing the land and building roads runways, fences and other infrastructure. Recently there was scrutiny with how Phoenix Construction bid for the fill dirt, where they stand to make up to $9 million more if they get all of the 5.8 million cubic yards of dirt from the relocation site. Phoenix Construction is not a new company, and definitely not new to working with our local county municipalities. They’ve been working with Bay County since 2001 and have been praised many times for their work.
Bay County has a rating system in place for work it contracts out. Phoenix has scored “very good”, the second highest rating, each time it has completed a job for the County. In 2006 they were given an award for their work on the Florida International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex near Fort Myers.