PANAMA CITY BEACH — Construction of a new indoor sports training facility could be around the corner for the Beach. 

In a City Council meeting on Thursday, local officials are slated to consider a negotiation agreement for the development of a D-BAT Sports facility on about 4 acres of an 8-acre parcel of available land at Frank Brown Park. The parcel currently is a dirt parking lot. 

PCB leaders in January issued a request for proposals to develop the city-owned property, which is located within the park’s footprint along Panama City Beach Parkway (Back Beach Road). Dubbed the better fit for area, D-BAT was one of two companies that applied. The other, L&D LLC, proposed a large golf attraction. 

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“It is the desire of the city that the proposed development complement the activities and facilities located at Frank Brown Park Sports Complex and Pier Park, in addition to functioning as a destination, enhancing and improving existing … assets and providing revenue to support the operation of Frank Brown Park,” the original request for proposal reads.