2nd Gulf Coast Jam to Use County Pier

BAY COUNTY - Promoters for this year's Gulf Coast Jam are making some changes to the event.

Bay County commissioners are approving their request to use the county pier's parking lot and beach for the day-time concert venue.

The two sides have agreed to a lease of about two thousand dollars a day. The old Miracle Strip Amusement Park site will serve as an overflow parking lot.

The pier will replace last year's use of three beach stages located behind three different beach resorts.

"It takes it away from private property, which I think is a good thing as far as making people feel more comfortable going and the county pier is right in the middle of the beach," said Mike Thomas, a Bay County commissioner.

Fishermen and residents not attending the Gulf Coast Jam can still use the pier. Frank Brown Park will continue to serve as the stage for the headlining concerts at night.