Fun at Miracle Strip ends next Sunday as park closes forever

Posted Sunday, August 29, 2004 11:51 PM | Contributed by Jeff

41 years of fun will become mere memories for thousands of customers and employees on Sunday, Sept. 5, when Panama City Beach's Miracle Strip Amusement Park closes. It will make way for new development that is changing this Florida Panhandle beach town from a blue-collar getaway into a more upscale destination. High-rise condominiums are replacing low-end motels up and down the tourist strip from the park.

Read more from AP via The Tallahassee Democrat.

Monday, August 30, 2004 2:08 AM
john peck's avatar What a great Park, Im glad I made an effort to get there this year.

Damn Shame its closing! Who knows, by the way the article sounds, I wonder if it will possibly turn into another Belmont Part with retail and rides. That would be gravy.

Monday, August 30, 2004 12:55 PM
rollergator's avatar Sadly, jp, that's not happening here. This land is going CONDO, and the notion that the coaster and/or carousel might be saved seems to me to be a ploy to quiet those who oppose the destruction of MSAP...

I really REALLY doubt that anything will remain of MSAP save those rides that are bought and relocated. So much of that park just screams "beachside amusements"....

Jan 30, 2005, whatever's not sold will likely be demolished...:(

Monday, August 30, 2004 4:54 PM
CRAP. I can't believe I stayed 2 miles away from Miracle Strip for a week this summer and didn't go. That's gonna be a huge regret.
Monday, August 30, 2004 6:45 PM
Rollergator I smelt that same ploy as well. Why would an "upscale" condo want a "rickety old roller coaster" on it's grounds? I fear the worst for Starliner. I'm planning to be there Sunday on closing day.

"Some of the 32 rides have been sold to buyers in Argentina, Mexico and Chattanooga, Tenn." Go Lake Winnie! Wonder what they bought. Starliner would turn Cannon Ball into a cool racer since their layouts are almost identical..

Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:08 PM
Hurricane Frances' predicted path places the center of the storm a few miles north east of Tampa at 8am Sunday. It will be traveling north west during the day and night Sunday and should be over St Marks at 8am monday. St Marks is around 100 miles due east of Panama City. Should the storm change course and swing a bit west, Panama City is in the area of its "possible" path.

How do you think this weather will affect the last day on Sunday the 5th?


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