2 thoughts on “Hills Road in Panama City Beach Resufaced

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 04/27/08
    The clear emerald water is the same. So is the bright white sand that
    squeaks as you walk on it.

    Beyond the high-tide mark, however, there is plenty new at Panama City
    Beach, Fla. New restaurants and shops. New condominium resorts,
    bringing total rooms available to more than 21,200. Heck, there’s even
    a new circus.

    Much of what’s fresh this summer will be found at Pier Park, a $143
    million, 920,000-square-foot open-air shopping, dining and
    entertainment complex. You’ll find major retailers such as Dillard’s,
    Target and J.C. Penny’s, as well as local specialty shops.

    And you’ll find plenty of places to eat: Back Porch Seafood, Five Guys
    Famous Hamburgers & Fries, Guglielmo’sItalian Restaurant, Hofbrau Beer
    Garden, Panera Bread and Quizno’s.

    There may be no better place, though, to grab a beer and a bite by the
    sea than Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Snag a table on the roof deck
    where you can look across Front Beach Road to the white sand and blue-
    green water stretching to the horizon.

    When the sun goes down, you might head to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, a
    little bit of Nashville moved to the Gulf Coast. Tootsie’s, a landmark
    honky-tonk in the country music capital, is where many musicians got
    their start. Or at least a few free drinks. The Panama City Beach
    branch will bring live music to Pier Park.

    The 93-acre complex also has a 16-screen movie theater complex for
    that rare rainy day.

    The Florida State University Flying High Circus moves into a big top
    pitched at Frank Brown Park, just across Back Beach Road from Pier

    The FSU circus has performed at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain for
    more than 40 years. A second troupe is set to perform at Circus by the
    Sea for the next 10 years, producer Donald Hamrick said.

    “The beach is craving family entertainment,” he said.

    Trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns and other acrobatic daredevils will
    perform six nights a week beginning June 13.

    The performers will also be instructors during a four-day Circus Camp
    for children ages 7-12.

    Parents are already registering children for the camp before they know
    where they are staying, Hamrick said.

    Those parents will have plenty of lodging options. More than a dozen
    condominium resorts have arrived in the last year or so, including
    Sterling Breeze, a complex a half-mile from Pier Park that opened in
    March, and Splash, a 276-unit complex with its own water park that
    opened last February.


  2. Does anyone know when Hills Road will go to 3 lanes as Jason mentioned in his video clip? When that happens will a traffic light be installed at the intersection of Back Beach and Hills? You have an awfully tough time getting out of Palmetto Trace without a light there & I am hoping that one will be coming in the not too distant future.


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