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FWB Landmark Center meeting today

FORT WALTON BEACH - Developers of the new Landmark Center in Fort Walton Beach will present their plans to the public tonight.

The development has been in the works for the past 7 years and has met several roadblocks along the way but seems to finally be on track.

The latest plans for landmark include a 112-room Hilton "Home 2 Suites" hotel managed by Innisfree Resorts of Pensacola. The agreement now under consideration eliminates a package of grants and other incentives totaling $1.4 million and developers would get an additional section of land worth about $200,000.

Another public hearing will be held January 28th.

Developers of the proposed 'Landmark Center" in Fort Walton Beach say they can get their project started with less public money than they originally asked for.

Burrito Del Sol opened in downtown Fort Walton Beach last May. The owner says one reason they picked the location specifically is the prospect of the Landmark Center being built.
The kitchen stays busy at Burrito Del Sol, but owner Brooks Hammet says the Landmark Center will take everybody's business to a whole new level.

"It adds more legitimacy to downtown, and of course increased traffic is definitely going to help out," Hammett.

The owner of Dragonfly Yoga says lots of new people will be exposed to the area.
"It's going to add to what's happening downtown. It's going to give us more parking for our events, and for the Downtown events. It's going to bring people in not only living downtown, but also visiting downtown," Tyree.

Landmark has met roadblocks since it was unveiled in 2007. The bad economy, and lengthy negotiations with the city. 

Property owner Valerie Wenzel says it will turn a blighted corner into a bonanza.

"It's going to provide jobs, it's going to add to the tax base, and it's going to be great for tourism," Wenzel.