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This Holiday Inn Is Also A Classified Military Base

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  Site Where: 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway [map], Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States, 32548
June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it (fittingly) a giant beach ball on the roof of this beachside Holiday Inn?

Nope, none of them. Itís a military radar thingy.

Taking working with the military to a whole new level beyond giving servicemen and women discounts, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn in, youíve guessed it, Florida, has joined forces with the military to create a beach resort-military base combo. Why hasnít Vegas thought of this before?

According to the Miami Herald, in a story that made us triple check it wasnít April 1 today (until the hotel confirmed the news on its Facebook page):

The combination resort hotel and military test site opened in late May in an unusual partnership between the military and private business in a time of tighter military budgets. In exchange for allowing the Innisfree Hotel company to build the 152-room resort on Air Force land, the military was able to construct a rooftop station that receives radar signals and a secure conference room for classified meetings. The dome hiding the military equipment is painted red, white, blue and yellow like a beach ball.

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