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Hotel construction launches near Florida convention center

Construction efforts continue to rise in the Fort Walton Beach area in Florida. The Sandestin Hotel began construction on Sept. 14 as owners launched the project at a groundbreaking ceremony. The hotel will include 250 rooms and full-service amenities at its location at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The hotel's owner scooped some dirt from the ground ceremonially as bulldozers and cranes came to life in the background, beginning construction.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is developing the new hotel; executives noted that it will begin to go up toward the end of 2018. The hotel will sit next to the Baytowne Conference Center, providing easy accommodations for conference-goers. Among other amenities, the hotel will have a rooftop pool, spa and a bar in the lobby. The restaurant will have a menu produced by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson, best known as a judge on the TV competition show "Top Chef."

In addition to the hotel itself, the construction site will be home to a parking garage that provides spots for up to 600 vehicles. In addition to the adjacent conference space, the hotel itself will have over 20,000 square feet of meeting space and a 13,000-square-foot ballroom suitable for events.

Launching a project of this scale requires a number of serious decisions and planning activities for business owners. Designs must be drawn up, contractors and subcontractors need to be hired, and a schedule and budget must be put in place.

Businesses launching building projects might work with a construction law attorney to protect themselves and guard against future disputes. In case disputes emerge when the project runs over budget or schedule, a lawyer may represent a business to protect its interests toward a settlement or litigation. By developing clear contracts and associated documents, businesses may create the right legal foundation to move their construction projects forward successfully.

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