Port St. Joe’s new Taco Bell is open for business

On Monday morning, the highly anticipated new Taco Bell in Port St. Joe officially opened its doors to the public.

The Taco Bell is located at the intersection of Highway 98 and Avenue B, near the New Bethel AME Church.

Jim McKnight, the director of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition said that increasing interest in Gulf County locations among big chanis, like Taco Bell, show a growing economic base within the community.

“We are excited by the opening of the Taco Bell in Port St. Joe and the impending opening of Burger King in Wewahitchka,” he said. “These restaurants give our tourists and locals more culinary options, they create entry level jobs and they expand the base of our economy.”

“Admittedly job creation is a double edged sword on the south end of Gulf County where the demand for service sector workers is high and wages are increasing dramatically,” he continued.  “That said, I couldn’t be more happy with the opening of Taco Bell, as it is my favorite fast food restaurant.”

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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