Pier Park to Host ‘Fun in the Sun’ Street Fair This Weekend

by May 1, 2008 • 1 comment

– Event Expected to Draw Thousands of Thunder Beach Motorcycle Enthusiasts as Additional Stores at Pier Park Open –

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (May 1, 2008) – Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premiere retail, dining and entertainment venue located on 93 acres that covers land from Front Beach Road (at the City Pier) to heavily traveled Highway 98 (Back Beach Road) is pleased to announce it’s first annual ‘Fun in the Sun’ Street Fair, May 1 -4, which will coincide with the semi-annual Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally and the opening of approximately 30 new stores at Pier Park.

Billed as “The Most Biker Friendly Free Rally in the United States,” the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is truly a community event and as the area’s newest attraction, Pier Park is anxious to be a part of the Spring 2008 Rally!

Pier Park Drive from Front Beach Road to Sea Monkey Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic during the May 1 -4 period so that tenants can display their merchandise in front of their stores and patrons can leisurely stroll the avenue. Street fair hours will mirror the mall hours of 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For those arriving by motorcycle, Pier Park uniformed security will be providing additional parking lot coverage.

Located in the heart of Panama City Beach, Pier Park is destined to become the region’s premier shopping address.  Developed by Simon Property Group and comprising nearly 900,000 square feet, the open-air regional lifestyle center is anchored by Borders, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Old Navy, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target and The Grand 16 Theatres. Pier Park is also comprised of fashion and specialty retailers, including exciting new-to-market choices such as Ann Taylor Loft, Caché, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Hollister Co., Jos. A. Bank, Lane Bryant and Ulta Beauty. In addition, the center embraces many unique dining options such as Hofbrau Beer Garden, Back Porch Seafood House, Bootleg Barbeque, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Reggae J’s Island Grill, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and many more. Shoppers can also enjoy movies at The Grand 16 Theatres, which features stadium seating, digital sound, advance ticketing over the Internet, three concession areas, a specialty café and game room. For more information about Pier Park, please visit www.simon.com <http://www.simon.com/>

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Felicia Robinson Cook
Director of Mall Marketing/ Pier Park
(850) 236-9974/ fcook@simon.com

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1 Susan May 6, 2008 at 9:26 am

I am completely blown away at the lack of discussion about the negatives of Thunder Beach. If this was Spring Break we would be talking about it in excess! There is nothing about this event that is family friendly and while it may be an income producer for retailers it is not something that promotes a family weekend at the beach. The accidents… the noise pollution… the infiltrating of every area of the beach… not just the resorts that cater to them… is this more positive than Spring Break? Is it just because they are over the age of twenty-one that their deaths, injuries and obnoxious behavior are not as much of an outrage as a spring breaker’s? I certainly understand that not every event is going to please every person however, I can not stand the hypocrisy when no one blinks an eye at the issues surrounding an event like Thunder Beach but when it is Spring Break everyone is all over it. We are locals and very involved in the local tourism industry so we certainly get the importance of the events. We certainly will be looking forward to the next Thunder Beach… because it will give us a chance to go away for the weekend… to a more peaceful beach.