Miracle Strip Amusement Park being evicted after not paying rent

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - A well known tourist attraction in Panama City Beach has been shut down for several months now, and it looks like it's going to stay that way.

According to court documents, the Meeks' family, which operates Miracle Strip Amusement Park, is being evicted from their property next to Pier Park after not paying more than a year's worth of rent.

Miracle Strip owes nearly $329,000 to its landlord, William Dozier. According to the rental agreement a year's rent for the land Miracle Strip sits on runs around $250,000.

A lawsuit was filed over the late rent back in October. A default judgement was entered late last week against Miracle Strip after it failed to respond to the lawsuit seeking payment.

There's also questions about an unpaid tax bill. According to court documents, the state of Florida says Miracle Strip Amusement Park owes it more than $275,000 in unpaid "sales and use" taxes

We've made several attempts to reach out to the Meeks' family, but we have not heard back. NewsChannel 7 also reached out to the attorney representing Dozier in the suit, but so far, we have not received a response.