Planning board gets look at theater plans

Port Theatre
Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

Jimbo Collins is under contract to be the next owner of the historic Port Theatre in Port St. Joe.

His plans for the building mirror in significant aspects those of a local group of arts patrons hoping to purchase the building.

Collins appeared before the Port St. Joe Planning and Development Review Board on Tuesday to provide a brief overview of what his hopes are for renovating the building.

Collins is due to close on the deal for the theater in January, he said. He told the planning board members he still has work to do to formalize his plans and no formal action was taken by the board.

Collins said his financing is in place but there is still due diligence to be done prior to closing. Local contractor Bob Windolf will be his general contractor, Collins said.

“I’m excited to be here,” Collins said. “Timing is everything and I think the time is right now. I think a higher power had a reason for me being here at this time.

“I have been welcomed by the community with open arms. It has been overwhelming. I cannot tell you how much it has exceeded my expectations.”

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