This past Friday, in an event that featured the famous Pineapple Willy’s BBQ and inspiring blues from the acclaimed Johnnie Marshall Band, Panama City Beach officials and library supporters danced the night away as they raised money to help furnish the son-to-open new public library. A plate-style fundraiser in the form of a BBQ buffet, dozen showed and purchased a plate and enjoyed the live music, all-in-all totaling $3500.
Groundbreaking on the new library site, on the corner of Hutchinson Boulevard and Lyndell Lane, was in April with a completion date set tentatively for February 2010, but a speedy development could push that date up. The new library will cost just over 2 million dollars and was funded by impact fees and donations through donor recognition programs.
Earlier this year, Pineapple Willy’s raised over $60,000 for local charities that included the Humane Society, PCB Paws and Claw and Beach Care Services. In continuing efforts, Pineapple Willy’s has discounted its menu for locals during the off-season. So, if you don’t already frequent P. Willy’s, it is one of the few places that not only provides excellent service but deserves local support.