Tourism impact in Walton County up to $688 million this year over $430 million last year, acc to TDC. Room rates average $180/night. Bay County has 18,000 rental units in inventory, expected to grow to 29,000 by 2006. 11,000 are under construction now. The new International airport scheduled for completion in 2008 will be attractive to the cruise ship industry, as well as national and international conferences and associations. Bay just spent $88 million on the Hathaway bridge and are 4-laning highways 77 and 79 (north routes to I-10).