New Nightclub Spins Rumors

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Panama City Beach - Bay County planning officials have approved plans for a new nightclub on Thomas Drive, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding the proposed business.

Local attorney Harry Harper represented the unnamed owner during Thursday afternoon's planning commission meeting, but he did not provide many answers about the new nightclub, other than the location.

Bay County Planning Commission officials are giving to go-ahead to a new nightclub that will be located in a strip enter on Thomas Drive. It's right across the street from the two superclubs, La Vela and Spinnaker.

Local attorney Harry Harper appeared before the board Thursday, requesting a variance, reducing the minimum distance requirement between a nightclub and residential property. The board granted the variance.

"There were two parcels less than 1,000 square feet so they granted an exception to that separation," said Martin Jacobson.

But no one's sure what kind of nightclub will be moving in. There are reports Allen Johnson is the owner. Johnson currently owns the Toy Box strip club. He also owned the show-n-tail on Thomas Drive, which burned down in 2006.

Over the last two years, Johnson attempted to reopen the Show 'N Tail on a piece of land off Thomas Drive and North Lagoon, not far from the strip center. But county officials denied his and Harper’s requests for variances that restricted adult businesses from locating in tourist corridors. Thursday Harper assured county officials this new club would not be a topless bar.

"This is going to be a nightclub that will be subject to the same rules like every other nightclub," said Harry Harper.

Harper refused to comment. County officials say the preliminary plan are within the law.

"The nightclub is based on the type of license the state of Florida is issues to the operator. It's what they call a 4COP which is the liquor beer and wine that is separate from an adult oriented business or sexually oriented business which requires an additional separation," said Harper.

The nightclub could open a early as March 26th.

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  • by Professor Location: PCB on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
    I hope Mr. Johnson is involved and I hope it is a new and re-invented Show N Tail. My wife and I really enjoyed going to Show N Tail. Most people refer to those types of establishments as "adult" clubs. And I absolutely agree on the term. However, the word "adult" to me refers to a place my wife and I can enjoy without the teenagers and adolescences and drunks. We frequented Show N Tail regularly and always had a pleasant time.
  • by beach guy on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    Personally I hope Mr Johnson opens a club called caged heat and has ladies in cages dancing and wearing g strings and very small tops, just like whats legal is on the beach behind the super clubs. Its such a joke that there cant be an adult club on the beach, but we let the spring breakers do more than would ever be legal in an adult club. Whats even sadder is that Im a happily married man and wont be able to attend any new adult clubs that open.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
    Oh wow, Jobs-- someone will get a job even if it's showing their selves to everybody.I would disapprove of my daughter working there but yall can work there, I don't care.It's a job, somebody's got to do it.At least you're not stealing money, you're working for it.
  • by Cindy Location: P.C.B. on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    We need jobs in our area and the Beach is where visitors like to go. This time of year it is a bunch of collage kids but they bring a lot of money to our area. And through out the summer. Lets support jobs and money were we live in an economy where both are hard to come by.
  • by Voter Location: PCB on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    I agree, I say vote everyone out of office for the next few years, Panama City Beach has become a non-family environment.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    This is just what we need, another hell hole on the beach for people to get drunk and show themselves in. This is so sad that this county would lower itself to this lever, just for the $$$$$$$$$$$.
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