In a city commission meeting yesterday, a date for the first public workshop was set to discuss the improvements slated to be made to Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach. The park improvements were voted on and approved to begin planning at the last commission meeting. Originally, three members of the commission voted for and two members voted against the improvements. The tension from the disagreement seemed to be present at yesterday’s meeting.
An accelerated schedule
Panama City Beach City Manager Richard Jackson presented what was later dubbed an “accelerated schedule” for project construction and completion. The schedule included awarding the construction contract in October and beginning development in November. The goal, in the schedule, is to be complete and ready for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in April.
Details about the park improvements
- 60′x40′ amphitheater with permanent roof and walls suitable for theatrical productions, orchestral performances and musical events
- Expanded amphitheater lawn area (see diagram below
- Vegetative buffers around the parameter to prevent the need for temporary fencing
- The Festival Lawn (the sandy area that’s used as overflow and vedor parking behind the park) will be improved to the quality of Frank Brown Park’s festival area
- This area will support parking, play fields, and will have sod and irrigation
- Additional bathroom facilities
Information about the public workshop
The public workshop is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. The intention is to hear feedback from community residents and interested parties to get feedback on the project, it’s future use, implementation and development. I would urge anyone that is planning on going, not to go with the intention of stopping this project. The point is to get public feedback, and if you come with your argumentative hat on, your input will be difficult to hear.
The workshop will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 6 pm.
The issues on the agenda to discuss at the workshop:
These are bullet points provided from Panama City Beach City Manager Richard Jackson.
- FCT (Florida Communities Trust) Management plan and their view of “passive park”
- Soccer fields
- Number of bathrooms
- Long term maintenance responsibility and cost
- Environmental respect for Lullwater Lake (wetland)
- Sound attenuation
- Operational Standards
- Pedestrian access
I have an opinion on this development, as well as the new Walmart development, as I know many of our readers do. You can read it here.