$7.5 Million Facility Officially Opens for Guest Registration and Resort Operations
MIRAMAR BEACH, FL, Dec. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort welcomed its first official guests at its new facility on Monday, according to resort officials. The new $7.5 million, 40,000 square foot Sandestin Welcome Center is now the main guest registration location for all overnight guests at the 2,400 acre resort. D.C. Mickle-Bee and her husband, Terry, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. were the first persons to officially check-in at the Sandestin Welcome Center.
"This is a great day for Sandestin (Golf and Beach Resort)," said Mark Hodgdon, senior vice-president and general manager of the resort. "This facility creates an extraordinary first impression of the resort for our guests and home owners. We are very proud of what this beautiful building represents and we look forward to welcoming everyone that passes through its doors."
The three-story Sandestin Welcome Center was designed by Piazza Design Architects of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. and features a spacious, two-story lobby area with majestic views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and a signature water fountain feature which displays flames at night. Those entering the facility will also notice the iconic Sandestin sand dollar imprinted on the lobby floor, a symbol welcoming all to the picturesque Emerald Coast. Guests will also soon enjoy the latest technology with dynamic touch screen digital displays providing a unique orientation and vital tour with property information of the 1,300 unit Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Mickle-Bee and her husband Terry Bee entered the Sandestin Welcome Center at 10 a.m. to a grand welcome including a massive balloon drop, red carpet treatment and a standing ovation from dozens of resort associates. She was accompanied by her family and is a multiple time visitor to the 42-year-old resort. Mickle-Bee is the president and CEO of PMI Employee Leasing in Fort Walton Beach.
"I'm thrilled and honored to be the very first person to set foot in this amazing and new facility," said Mickle-Bee. "I have absolutely loved coming to Sandestin for years and consider this place to be my home away from home."
The new Sandestin Welcome Center is located on the northeast corner of Highway 98 and Sandestin Boulevard, at the main north gate entrance of the resort. While the facility will serve as the main check-in point for guest registration, it will also be the base for resort operations under one roof including: Sandestin Real Estate (SRE), accounting, front office, human resources, rental owner relations, reservations, retail and sales and marketing. Nearly 100 offices occupy the building.
A spacious third floor "L" shaped balcony features a decorative gazebo area with amazing views of the bay, marina and the Grand Sandestin – a premier venue soon to be hailed as the best new event location on the Emerald Coast for weddings, receptions, parties, private gatherings, and more. Interior design and furnishings were provided by HiTouch Business Services and designWorks, a company that represents some of the finest office furniture lines in the industry including AIS, Global and Hon.
For more information about Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, visit Sandestin.com, or call 866.91.BEACH.
About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin's APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.
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