Hotel Equities (HE) announced they have been selected to operate The Island Beachside Resort by Hotel RL in Fort Walton Beach.


The Gulf-front resort boasts 331 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, including Gulf-front green space for weddings and special occasions. Built by Fred and Patricia Tolbert in the '60s, The Island is now owned by Tripp Tolbert, CEO of the Tolbert Group, and developer, Jay Odom, CEO of The Jay Odom Group.


Together, Tolbert and Odom invested in extensive property renovations with intentional care to preserve the iconic hotel’s historical significance. Now, with all newly remodeled common areas and guest rooms, they are completing the finishing touches on the hotel and will be ready for a grand unveiling in the spring of 2020.


The Island resort is one of eight properties Hotel Equities manages along Florida’s Gulf Coast.


“We are thrilled to welcome The Island to our full service and resort property portfolio,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “We have known the ownership group for some time and are excited to be a part of this great project on the Gulf Coast. We are working with them to complete renovations prior to season with a product that will leave a lasting impression with guests.”


Okaloosa Island and Destin beaches draw visitors from all over the world to Florida’s Panhandle. The Island Beachside Resort, with its expansive footprint on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, remains a local icon. The property features a multitude of water play, relaxation and entertainment options in addition to its magnificent Gulf front location, including a heated lap pool, a grotto waterfall pool with a swim-up bar, a kids pool, hot tub, a Gulf-front beach bar, two on-site restaurants, 14,000 square feet of event space with a penthouse ballroom and a Gulf-front wedding green space.


A grand re-opening, slated for spring of 2020, will provide the opportunity to celebrate the newly remodeled resort with guests, local dignitaries, and community business partners.


"The resort has been a special place for our guests since 1966. I am thrilled and honored to continue my parents’ vision of creating an iconic beachfront resort," Tripp Tolbert said.


The Island Beachside Resort is at 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach..