The Jay Odom Group brings creativity, environmental sensitivity, and market savvy, as well as a proven principled discipline, when developing projects in the hospitality industry. We are uniquely qualified to bring a wide array of distinctive hospitality projects to completion. A leader in innovative properties, we pursue the highest of quality in all aspects of hotel, resort, aviation and restaurant developments. The Jay Odom Group is specialized in landlord land lease projects with well-established iconic restaurants.
Freedom Beacon Park
Freedom Beacon Park will transform the north side of the City of Fort Walton Beach into a bustling commerce center bringing jobs, shopping, entertainment, housing, and hotel rooms accommodations. The leased land will be developed into a master designed, mixed-use complex with 288 multi-family luxury residences, 102 room hotel, 55,000 sq ft of road frontage for restaurants and retail space, 160,000 sq ft of Class A office space, and an impressive 4-acre recreational park. The Jay Odom Group also plans to re-take the title for Florida’s Tallest Flag in the center of Freedom Beacon Park.
On November 27th, 2018, The Jay Odom Group executed a 50-year ground lease through the U.S. Air Force Enhanced Use Lease Program. Along Eglin Air Force Base’s southern perimeter, the 52-acre tract of land is located at 1900 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The Jay Odom group also annexed the property into the city Fort Walton Beach which grants it access to first responder, water, and sewer services which adds new revenue to the City through property taxes, development fees, building permit fees, utility and stormwater usage fees. The Lease also benefits the Air Force by allowing them to collect rent on under-utilized, non-excess Air Force real estate and all rent for the Freedom Beacon Project will be used locally to fund base infrastructure.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the property on December 21st, 2018 at 10:00 am.
The Jay Odom Group built Destin Jet and operated its 5,500 square-foot facility, which also included 10 hangars totaling 40,000 square feet, from 2009 until 2016. Destin Jet was ranked among the world’s top 10 FBOs within 3 years of its opening in 2009. Six years later, it ranked #3 FBO in the Americas, and #1 FBO in small markets. By purchasing its competition in 2014, The Jay Odom Group added another 5,500 square-foot FBO and a 12,000 square-foot maintenance hangar to Destin Jet. The Jay Odom Group’s success in the Aviation Industry was achieved because the Destin Jet business model was based on operating as a hospitality business, rather than an aircraft business.
Destin West RV Resort
Destin West RV Resort is a 54-site upscale, resort-style RV campground. Boasting bayfront views, a community pool and access to The Island amenities, Destin West RV Resort popularity is unmatched amongst its competitors. The comfortably spaced sites can accommodate luxury Class A motorhomes, fifth-wheel or travel trailers. Each site is landscaped with lush palm trees, oleanders and bottle brush, paved with brick, include water and sewer hookup, 30 and 50 amp power, TV service, and a picnic table with umbrella. Located on Okaloosa Island, Destin West RV Resort is near restaurants, shopping and family fun entertainment.
Grayton Grand Hotel & Resort
The Jay Odom Group purchased this 7.35-acre site along the 30A corridor of the Beaches of South Walton County in popular Grayton Beach and worked extensively with Walton County and the local community to secure all the required entitlements to develop a 153-unit hotel on the property. The Jay Odom Group developed full architectural and construction plans for The Grayton Grand Hotel and Resort for maximum use of this site as a second-to-none luxury resort. The plans were developed for 75 hotel units and 78 condominiums with world-class amenities. This property was to be built and operated as a hotel resort with the option of condominium sales in this exclusive, high-demand community. As The Jay Odom Group was moving to secure financing (with high interest from several national hotel brands), Walton County approached The Jay Odom Group and made an offer to purchase this site at market rate (based on the existing entitlements and plans developed) so they could secure land in this increasingly populated area of the County. The Jay Odom Group accepted the County’s offer and sold the property to Walton County in September of 2016.
The Wharf 850 Restaurant & Marina
This fresh seafood restaurant located on Niceville’s Boggy Bayou is known for its great food, breathtaking views and fair prices. Purchased, renovated and leased by The Jay Odom Group, this property is a jewel on the bayou with waterfront dining, scrumptious cuisine and premier customer service, not to mention a 50-slip marina on the bayou. The newly renovated dock has several 50-amp electrical power hook ups, and the slips are currently being leased by The Jay Odom Group.
For dock slip leasing information, contact The Jay Odom Group Leasing and Property Manager, Emily Gregory, at 850-654-4126, Ext. 104.
Island Time – Dock on the Island Restaurant, Family Fun Center, Marina & Watersports
The Jay Odom Group permitted and constructed a 500′ long, 50-slip dock extension at the existing marina on this site, which is open to public docking for restaurant patrons and leases space for local water sports and family entertainment. With 20,000 square feet of prime bayfront space on beautiful Okaloosa Island, and a gorgeous view of Choctawhatchee Bay, this venue a great place for families, tourists and locals alike.
The Jay Odom Group partnered with this authentic Italian cuisine restaurant to lease and construct in the Uptown Station Retail Center. Clemenza’s initial 2,415 square foot space was provided by The Jay Odom Group, and within a few months, the success of the restaurant illustrated a need to provide a meeting space combined with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. The Jay Odom Group provided an additional 1,200 square feet to meet this need. Clemenza’s remains a successful partnership of The Jay Odom Group and is a locally renowned restaurant favorite in Fort Walton Beach’s Uptown District.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Touted as having one of the best burgers in the United States, The Jay Odom Group was proud to procure a long-term lease with this well-known, national franchise. Five Guys’ long-term lease provided for The Jay Odom Group to build-to-suit Five Guys’ 2,715 square foot space in the in-line retail center in the Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach, Florida developed by The Jay Odom Group. This popular restaurant remains successful in this location today.
- 20 Buildings (40 Units) – Resort Cottage Development
- Acquired site in the residential resort coastal area of Crystal Beach in Destin. Designed, planned, financed, constructed and operated 20 buildings (40 units) as residential / resort short-term rentals
This well-known national chain was sought out by The Jay Odom Group for a standalone outparcel of its Uptown Station Shopping Center in the Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A lease was procured and The Jay Odom Group constructed the building from the ground up. Starbucks added mass appeal and synergy to the Uptown District and is well received by the community.
Buffalo Wild Wings
The Jay Odom Group procured Buffalo Wild Wings as one of its first new tenants for the revitalized Uptown Station shopping center and provided a vanilla box finish as part of a long-term lease deal with BWW. The self-proclaimed “wing capital of the world” provides a sports bar atmosphere and remains as a strong anchor tenant of the Uptown Station shopping center.
Juno’s Sushi-Steak and Seafood
A casual Japanese restaurant serving sushi, teriyaki and hibachi, Juno’s was purchased and leased by The Jay Odom Group in the Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach. A local’s favorite, open for lunch and dinner, Juno’s is perfect for group functions, catering events, take-out or casual dining.
This favorite ice cream store was leased as an outparcel at Uptown Station by The Jay Odom Group and provides a perfect compliment of sweet treats for the patrons of Uptown Station and its Central Park feature, a children’s playground and splash pad, developed at Uptown Station by The Jay Odom Group.
With more than 900 locations across the country, Firehouse Subs selects their new locations very carefully. The newly constructed 18,000 square-foot retail center in Uptown Station was a perfect fit. The Jay Odom Group secured a lease deal with Firehouse Subs and built out and delivered an 1,800 square-foot space turnkey ready for their needs.
In conjunction with its redevelopment of the White Sands Shopping Center (aka Longhorn Plaza) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, The Jay Odom Group procured a long-term ground lease with national chain, LongHorn’s Steakhouse. This was the catalyst for the rebranding of the center, which was renamed LongHorn Plaza. LongHorns secured this lease with The Jay Odom Group and built their 5,761 square-foot Fort Walton Beach location in this plaza. LongHorn Plaza is also home to a 134,177 square-foot mixed use office building (converted from an old Wal Mart) as well as a 21,900 square foot retail center.
The Jay Odom Group offered a premier team of general contractors and business managers to acquire a long-term, build-to-suit lease for national tenant, Zaxby’s. The 2,664 square-foot Zaxby’s building was built-to-suit by The Jay Odom Group in the popular Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach. Zaxby’s continues to enjoy success in this location providing terrific chicken with a fun, upbeat, relaxing atmosphere.
This popular stand-alone Mexican restaurant, a favorite with tourists and locals alike, sits at just over 8,000 square feet in the Uptown District of Fort Walton Beach. This property was purchased by and is currently leased through The Jay Odom Group.
Fat Daddy’s Arcade and Game Day Pizza
The Jay Odom Group purchased this mixed-use property for future development potential as a major redevelopment site. Located in the heart of Destin overlooking Henderson Beach, the 7,000 square-foot existing facility is currently leased to Fat Daddy’s Arcade and Game Day Pizza, a popular local and tourist destination.
The Jay Odom Group purchased, remodeled and expanded this 4,150 square foot iconic restaurant/retail building in the historic Grayton Beach community along 30A and the Beaches of South Walton County.
Crestview Airport Hangar
The Jay Odom Group secured the ground lease and constructed a 16,000 square-foot hangar at Crestview’s Bob Sikes Airport. Currently, this facility is leased to a world-wide aviation helicopter management company.