Wes Burnham, a Birmingham native who became a notable Florida developer, dies at 86
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB) – Members of the Bay County community mourn the death of Wes Burnham, a man who helped shape Panama City Beach. He was days away from celebrating his 87th birthday.
Burnham moved to Florida from his hometown of Birmingham in the 1970s. He quickly made an impact on the city, best known for building the Edgewater Beach Resort, Edgewater Mall, Hombre Golf Course, En Sunshine on Thomas Drive and the Marina Landing Condominium near the Hathaway Bridge.
Burnham was also extremely involved in the community. Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristopher McLane said the chamber awarded Burnham its Pioneer Award in 2008. This is their highest award for people who have truly an impact on the community.
McLane said Burnham was a family man and really enjoyed watching the town grow.
“His legacy to me will always be the nicest guy you can talk to,” McLane said. “Whether you saw him on the golf course or at Firefly’s head table, you could really reach out to him and get to know him. He loved his family, he loved Panama City Beach and he will be missed.
The family has scheduled the funeral for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Church.