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Maritime Park begins new development

Development at Maritime Park continues with construction of a new building and possibly more in the pipeline.

Construction on the new Studer Building is already underway at Maritime Park.
The building is expected to house 100 people, which will bring the total number of Maritime Park employees to 400.

And just this week, the Pensacola City Council voted to lease a parcel of land near Main Street to Beck properties, which plans to build a 3-story building filled with retail, commercial and residential units.

For Windy and Matthew Jackson, they feel while growth is needed at Maritime Park, more should be added especially for families.

Matthew Jackson says, "I hope they put some stuff in for the kids so kids can come down here and play; it'll bring parents down here."

The nine parcels of land at Maritime Park are being studied to find the best use for them.
Some people say Pensacola should simply look at what other cities are doing.

Darrell Watkins of Pensacola says, "I think there should be more of a focus on shopping, like the Riverwalk in New Orleans."

Janet Svendsen, also an area resident says, "I like the open land, but I can see the idea of some other stores kind of like the Atlanta Braves Stadium where you have extra shops to shop in."

The City Of Pensacola has hired a consulting firm to find the best way to use the land aroundMaritime Park.  The results of that study are expected by next month.