Believe it or not, when Thunder Beach rolls back into Panama City Beach April 29th, the bikes will be heading in a brand new direction – up to the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The new venue comes as a surprise to some as Bay Point is, by definition, a quiet, elegant community best known for its exclusivity and seclusion. Other Thunder Beach venue locations are consistent with previous years and include Frank Brown Park, the Shoppes at Edgewater, Club La Vela, Sharky’s Restaurant & Tiki Bar, and Pineapple Willy’s, but Bay Point will indeed this year replace the Boardwalk Resort as the sixth venue.
So why Bay Point? Thunderbeachproductions.com says on their website “Given the extensive road construction going on for the next 1 1/2 years directly in front of the Boardwalk Beach Resort, and with no way of knowing the condition of the road during the Spring Rally, Thunder Beach Productions informed Boardwalk’s management that we would not place vendors there, for at least the next four events. Even though the Boardwalk’s management understood our liability concerns regarding riders’ safety and access to vendors, they chose to place vendors there without the consent/approval of, or even notification to, Thunder Beach. Because of the Boardwalk’s complete disregard for these concerns, Thunder Beach Productions will not advertise or support in any way the Boardwalk Beach Resort and any activities held there. Thunder Beach has chosen, instead, to move our venue to the Bay Point Marriott Resort.”
So how is this news being received? After speaking to several Bay Point business owners, the general feeling from that perspective was definitely not a positive one. But perhaps you are a biker or Thunder Beach fan excited to experience the new venue? Or maybe a Bay Point resident with an opinion you would like to share? One thing is for certain though, Thunder Beach is almost here once again – the event starts on Thursday, April 29th and ends on Sunday, May 2nd. Check out www.thunderbeachproductions.com for more details and a Bay Point Thunder Beach schedule of events.