Many of you may remember the adult entertainment club (probably being a little too polite in my description) Show-N-Tail that was located on Thomas Drive. A few years back it burned to the ground after years of contempt from local residential neighbors, tourists and officials alike.
After years of not being in business, the owner, Allen Johnson wants to reopen, and he has been fighting with the Bay County Commission on where he can open his doors. Current restrictions include not being allowed to locate a sexually oriented business within 1500 feet of residences.
One previous proposed location was next to a popular children’s Ballet Studio in a business park near Panama City Beach Parkway and Thomas Drive, which received tons of flare in opposition. Johnson has had a tough time relocating his business as the Bay County Planning Board has refused to accept it as part of their comprehensive plan, and the County Commissioners have remained sensitive with where something like this should be located, given circumstances that include residences, tourism, and community aesthetics.
Right now, they are appealing directly to the Bay County Commission to overrule the Planning Board’s decision which prevents them to relocate at the corner of North Lagoon Drive and Joan Avenue. The hearing is set for tomorrow, July 20 at 9 am at the new Government Building on 11th Street. If they are successful in their persuasion, we could have a strip club at this popular intersection.
If you know me, then you know my opinion on the matter. From one business owner to another, I understand Johnson’s desire to get his bread and butter back up and running. But, from a local concerned about our image and father, I think we need to think long and hard before we let an establishment like this open back up on Panama City Beach, much less at a very high-traffic intersection.
What’s your opinion? Should they open there? Or should they be restricted to a specific place that is out of the way and out of sight to our much needed tourists?