FORT WALTON BEACH —If you're planning on traveling in Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday evening, you might want to plan ahead.
On Tuesday, April 17, Ducky Johnson House Movers, in cooperation with the City of Fort Walton Beach and the Florida Department Of Transportation, will be moving the Gulfview Hotel building from 12 Miracle Strip Parkway SE to its new destination at 115 Miracle Strip Parkway SE.
According to a press release from the city of Fort Walton Beach, the project will result in the temporary closure of both eastbound and westbound traffic on U.S. Highway 98/Miracle Strip Parkway between Beal Parkway and Florida Place beginning at 9:00 p.m.Tuesday.
“The relocation of the Gulfview Hotel is a once in a lifetime event in the Fort Walton Beach area as the City and the entire community partner to preserve the oldest building in Fort Walton Beach by moving the building, intact, down U.S. Highway 98 to its new location in the heart of Downtown Fort Walton Beach," said Fort Walton Beach City Manager Michael Beedie.
Additional personnel from the City Public Works and Utilities Departments, as well as from Police and Fire, will be actively involved throughout the evening to ensure the safety of the public and efficient completion of the project.
City officials propose converting the relocated, 111-year-old Gulfview Hotel building into the first-ever Fort Walton Beach Welcome Center. The building also could feature a history museum, a café or deli and leased office space.
The city is paying the Marianna-based moving company $149,800 to move the building less than a half-mile east to a city-owned parking lot next to Harris Insurance Services. The money will cover the cost of setting up the building on its new foundation.