by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 01, 2015
Local Update

 The 602-room Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has completed a $13 million renovation that included the guest rooms in the Spa Tower, the lobby and other public spaces, Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge, the Hadashi Sushi Bar and the spa. This transformation came on the heels of a $5.5 million project that revamped the resort's 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

 The 30,000-square-foot Bayview Plaza opened in August 2014 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach. The expansive new outdoor space essentially is a large concrete pad equipped with electricity and water, providing space for boat, automotive and RV shows, trade shows and exhibitions.

 The 152-room Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach Hotel has opened on the beach, facing the Gulf of Mexico. The property features 2,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space for groups of up to 220, including a beachside pool deck able to host 170. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Boardwalk Okaloosa Island are within walking distance.