Palm Beach County Convention Center Hilton hotel groundbreaking

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Ground was broken Friday on the future home of the Hilton West Palm Beach.

The 27,000 square-foot, 403-room hotel is being built next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Mayor Jeri Muoio said the hotel will be an important centerpiece of the downtown area.

"We've been working really hard to make West Palm Beach a world-class city. This is another piece to that puzzle. We're going to have people from all over the world come here to use our beautiful convention center, be able to stay here, be able to go to CityPlace, take a shuttle from CityPlace over to the outlet center, go down to Clematis and enjoy the Clematis district or waterfront. I think it's really going to put us on the map," said Muoio.

The new hotel is expected to create 560 jobs during its construction.

Nearly 1,000 people are expected to work there when it opens in the fall of 2015.

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