Cut That Ribbon: The Palms is Now Open

by June 18, 2009 • 1 comment

palms15On Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Suite Hospitality, accompanied by both the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new Palms Conference center, with plans to also cut into an under-appreciated business niche market on Panama City Beach.

Mayor Gayle Oberst and other officials were on hand to welcome the new addition to the Sleep Inn on the corner of Joan Avenue and Front Beach Road. With dozens in attendance, the ribbon cutting event turned into a nice social for everyone, as the facilities proved comfortably genial.

Previously the Mariner Restaurant, The Palms is an impressive 6,000 sq. ft. conference center, complete with outdoor patio and, the rather nicely appointed, Leaping Lizard Sports Bar, that has been revamped perfectly to suit meetings, seminars, wedding receptions and fundraisers. The Palms’ impact has been so well received that already, within a week of opening its doors, has been home to several seminars and has pre-booked weddings, Christmas parties and even a ballroom dancing event this July. What becomes apparent the moment you enter the Palms’ doors, is that it also fills the void of one of Panama City Beach’s most eschewed niches: the business traveler.

The facility at the new Palms Conference center lends well to every sort of endeavor requiring lots of space, food and a state-of-the-art sound system outfitted with projectors, surround sound and wireless internet. They offer in-house catering for events, prepared by local chef Dee Brown who, by Sales Manager Kathy Barrs’ account, makes “the best crab cakes on the beach. ” The layout of the building is broken into three large rooms, the largest of them able to seat 20 tables of 10 while the adjacent room provides additional seating or can be used as a buffet. The third room extends over to the Leaping Lizards sports bar. This addition, open to the public, has wall to wall 40-inch flat screens and an enormous 130-inch projection screen, for those who can’t miss a second of the game. If you’ve ever eaten at the Mariner Restaurant years back, you’ll notice immediately that the Leaping Lizard maintained the old nautical theme by keeping the infamous bar-top as well as the inlaid tables.

The Palms Conference Center and Leaping Lizard Sports Bar are both open to the public. For additional booking information please contact Kathy Barrs at 850-624-4150 or

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1 Tommy Cooley June 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Thank you pcbdaily for coming out and covering the event. We are looking forward to servicing many of the local meeting space needs.