Partnership brings new development to downtown

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:56 PM.

When Bill Kennedy has an idea evolve into a passion, he acts.

In Steve Wich and David Warriner he found two like minds willing, with an assist from Centennial Bank, to turn Kennedy’s passion to reality,

And with next week’s 11 a.m. ET Wednesday groundbreaking of the Port Cottages, to be located on State Road 71 adjacent to the Buy Rite Drugs in Port St. Joe, the journey marks another milestone.

“I think it will work,” said Warriner of a concept by which Wich and Kennedy will build six cottages that will become part of the inventory of Tapper and Company, which owns the Port Inn near the Port Cottages. “I’m excited. It’s just nice to see some positive development in downtown.

“It’s a cool idea. We could use a few more quality rooms in town.”

Kennedy’s idea, at least architecturally, was derived from, for lack of a more apt term, Katrina houses built in New Orleans. Kennedy had also vacationed in Steinhatchee in one of a series of what are essentially Southern row houses with charm by the ladle-full.

Kennedy’s vision was something that provides the appearance and atmosphere of a beach house combined with the amenities of a hotel, in this case provided by the Port Inn.

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