Front Beach Road CRA

by August 3, 2007 • 4 comments

As some of you may know, there is a CRA (community redevelopment area) for all of Front Beach Road. This was created to funnel some of the tax money from all the new condos into improving the infrastructure. Planned is a complete reworking of all of Front Beach Road, along with many of the feeder streets as well. The vision seems awesome and will certainly be beautiful when it is done. I’m just wondering when it WILL be done.

I’ve seen little activity other than the Churchwell Drive improvements. I think the answer may be that they will start on another project when they complete Churchwell Drive, but I don’t understand why that can’t start other projects more immediately. If someone has some insight to this, or more information, that would be great. seems to have some pretty good information, but it is a little vague. I sent an email to asking for more specifics on project information, including projected start and end dates. I got no response last time I sent them an email, so hopefully they’ll respond this time.

The plans for the redevelopment of Front Beach Road include an expansion of the road way to a combination of 66′ wide and 100′ wide road ways with three lanes and a dedicated tram/bike lane on each side. There is a planned multi-modal tram station proposed at the east end of Front Beach Road, just down from Walmart.

At the web site, there is a short movie showing and explaining what the new Front Beach Road will be like. All in all, it is going to be a great thing, I’m just a little impatient, and want it now.

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1 Birgit Wardrop September 16, 2008 at 8:17 am

I agree. The improvements all sound wonderful on paper and the existing plan was a decision-making factor for my husband and I to purchase a condo along the West end of Front Beach Road last fall. Now we want to see these improvements implemented – sooner rather than later. Please keep us posted! Thank you!!


2 Bernard July 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

It would sure be nice to have the upgrade on front beach road completed prior to the new airport opening up. It would be nice to show foreign travelers coming in to Panama City Beach a completed work, rather than construction work everywhere which would deter further visitors until completion.
P.S. I know this is not related but let’s get rid of Spring Breakers and bring in Families instead. Fort Lauderdale did it and look at it now. Let’s work to make Panama City Beach a total Family oriented Wonderful place to relax and enjoy life. Let the springbreakers find another place to destroy and cause mayhen. I hear Mexico wants them.


3 Gregg July 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I’ll vote with you Bernard!


4 Traveling Terri September 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

I’m so with you Bernard…