Jolly Bay LLC announced the plans for a new resort along the north shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Florida’s Panhandle.
Plans for this development include an upscale 55-site RV park, a 20-room bed & breakfast, a 120-unit condominium, a 49-slip marina and both commercial and retail space, according to a news release. Situated on 60 acres of land, Jolly Bay’s project will reside on 17 acres, leaving 43 acres for natural habitat.
Building vertically in a condominium high rise instead of sprawling out the living units allows much of the 60-acre site to remain intact, according to the developers. The county comprehensive plan allows for two units per acre on the 60-acre site, therefore the developer is allowed 120 units. The plans are that the 26-story building will offer affordable 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units with views of South Walton’s rivers, bayous and bay. The project’s first phase will include the RV park and the camp store. Future phases will include the B&B, commercial areas, amenities and the condominium.
Jolly Bay LLC was founded by longtime Walton County residents Carl Post and Kimberly Maxwell.
“Having lived in Freeport for 25 years, long before any of the recent development was even conceived, Carl and I have been planning to find a unique way to develop this parcel of land while preserving its natural beauty and surroundings. We want to provide the community with new amenities and living space that will improve the quality of life for current residents and allow newcomers to appreciate the beauty of this area,” said Maxwell.
Jolly Bay LLC has worked with Walton County for over 2 ½ years during the development process to ensure that site plans fit the parameters of the county’s comprehensive plan for Freeport, the developers said. Jolly Bay will be just north of the U.S. 331 bridge allowing residents and visitors access to both the beaches of South Walton and the community of Freeport.