Mayor of Panama City Beach visits Bonifay

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 03:33 PM.

BONIFAY — The mayor of Panama City Beach, Gayle Oberst, paid a visit to the Bonifay Kiwanis Club as a guest speaker at their March 27 meeting.

“With the road becoming a four-lane, their driveway essentially will be our driveway and with only 45 miles and two red lights separating us, we’re practically becoming neighbors,” said Roger Brooks, program coordinator for Bonifay Kiwanis Club.

Oberst agreed with Brooks, saying that a large majority of their visitors come through Bonifay and that the expansion and improvements in Panama City Beach also affected the Bonifay area as well because of the four-lane expansion project to State Road 79.

“The new airport is doing well and we may be getting another low cost carrier with Delta,” said Oberst. “Our address is Panama City Beach, not just Panama City. Pier Park was finished in 2008 and they do have a Pier Park West and they are planning on selling that.”

She said there was groundbreaking ceremony held just north of that property where they expect another shopping center to be erected and will include stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Rooms to Go, Logan’s Steak House, Chili’s and a Fresh Market or World Market.

“We’ve opened yet another Super Walmart, but it is not replacing the other Walmart it is in addition to, as well as a new Shoney’s at Pier Park; and that means thousands of new jobs for this area,” said Oberst. “Aaron Bessant Park is a beautiful park located next to Pier Park and through the Tourist Development Council and the benefits from BP due to the Oil Spill we were able to redo that area. The new stage is big enough for some professional acts to come in.”

She said on April 5 there would be a performance held there by the Panama City Pop Orchestra then later on there would be a jazz festival and performances by Martin Theater.

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