Neighbors Weigh in on Aaron Bessant Park Ampitheater Woes

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

Panama City Beach officials and residents are once again discussing the pros-and-cons of an amphitheater at Aaron Bessant Park. Panama City Beach City Council members held their second workshop on the park renovations this afternoon.

The Aaron Bessant renovation proposal calls for a $2.6 million dollar make-over, including a large amphitheater for concerts, and that's been the main sticking point.

Neighbors say the new amphitheater and those concerts will create more noise, traffic, trash, and even become a threat to endangered species.

Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean are headlining this weekend's country music fest at Frank Brown Park. The Tourist Development Council plans to measure noise levels, hoping to gain some insight on building the Aaron Bessant ampitheater but there's still opposition that's keeping those plans from moving forward.

"Nobody is happy with the noise. No body wants it to be their problem" said one outspoken critic.

There were talks of repositioning the ampitheater to funnel noise away from neighborhoods. An architect and sound consultant will be looking into how feasible that potential plan will be in abating the noise problem.

Mayor Oberst says she is worried the TDC will pull out of the project and take their money elsewhere if an agreement isn't reached soon.

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