It's been a long time coming, but the Aaron Bessant Amphitheater project in Panama City Beach is finally complete. Now the City is waiting to bring entertainment to the masses.
It's sleek, it modern and ready to rock and roll. It looks as good from the air, as it does from the ground.
"Spectacular...60 feet wide...it's 28 feet high to the beams...it's ready to go," said Panama City Beach councilman, Jon Reichard.
Since the August (2012) ground breaking, the scene has changed dramatically.
In April 2013, the Aaron Bessant park Amphitheater will host the country's top musical acts and, according to Reichard, it can take what ever you throw at it."
"Sets...props...lighting," boasted Reichard.
It's a set up made for music royalty. Stately beams account for looks and functionality, the back can open up to view the sunset and the walls are lined with sound absorbing material to keep the neighbors happy.
Hotly debated for over a year, the project hasn't always been popular in the community.
"It was researched thoroughly, it was debated constantly, and when it was finally agreed upon, I think it's the very best it can be," said Reichard.
Now, the final step is to bring the artists in.
"From modern to country to pop to jazz," he said.
They're hoping the amphitheater will serve all kinds of artists, from the local more intimate settings to the huge artists that will fill up the entire stage.
"I think that when we get big name bands and acts and performers that come in, people who are fans of theirs are going to come from all over, especially from the south east to see them and enjoy our spectacular white sandy beaches," said Reichard.
The 2.6 million dollar project was made possible through BP funds through the Tourist Development Council.
Reichard said the council has made all concessions to make sure they are complying with all noise and traffic requirements.
Stay tuned to News 13 for a list of concerts coming soon.