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Pensacola’s top stories include Beachbilly Lifestyle, a new hotel

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Here’s a roundup of our top stories from the past week.

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The Santa Rosa Zoning Board is scrapping bold sports complex plans for remote Allentown

Kevin Costner’s “Field of Dreams” character never had to deal with a county zoning board.

Allentown resident Jana Williamson saw her “If I build it, the kids will come” concept shot down Thursday by the Santa Rosa County Zoning Board, whose members wanted more than the inaccurate sports complex plans presented to them .

“I’m very concerned,” said board member Alan Isaacson, “about a conceptual plan that was shown to us with just squiggly lines on something. I’m not saying she doesn’t have a heart for this, I’m just saying I don’t I have a plan that has been thought through.”

Williamson, who claimed to have been born and raised in the rural farming community of Allentown, came before the board seeking approval to use 24 acres of farmland along State Road 89 for a park.

Full story: Santa Rosa Zoning Board destroys one woman’s dream to build a sports complex in remote Allentown

The Pensacola hotel to replace New World Landing is getting a new design

A hotel group planning to replace New World Landing with a new building is scaling back their plans for the South Palafox property.

3H Group Hotels of Chattanooga, Tennessee, had previously received approval from the Pensacola Architectural Review Board to build an eight-story hotel, but has now scaled back their proposal to a seven-story, 220-room hotel.

The new plans, which must be approved by the ARB on Thursday, remove the planned rooftop bar and pool and add a second-floor patio with views of Palafox and Cedar streets.

Full story: Group replacing New World Landing is shelving plans for new hotel in downtown Pensacola

Beachbilly Lifestyle on Amazon Prime started in Perdido Key

Josh Brown was once in a boy band. Now the long-haired, bearded guy with the easy-going but energetic nature is a Beachbilly. Part beach bum, part hillbilly. Hey, it’s a life. Seriously, Brown is a professional beachbilly.

He has also made it a lifestyle.

Brown, 44, is the founder/creator of Beachbilly Lifestyle, a lifestyle brand born on Perdido Key that has transformed into a major company with plenty of merchandise and even a prolific show, “Beachbilly Lifestyle,” available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Full story: ‘Beachbilly Lifestyle’ born on Perdido Key, now a national brand and Amazon Prime show

Hot Spot Barbecue in Pensacola is under construction. This is why

Pensacola’s family-run Hot Spot Barbecue has long been a favorite for Southern-style barbecue, sweet tea and lemon pie in the cooler.

Now, for the first time in more than a decade, the famous pig statue outside the restaurant at 901 E. La Rua St. is wearing a hard hat, signaling an expansion is underway. Even during weeks of upcoming construction work, the restaurant remains open.

Full story: Pensacola’s Hot Spot Barbecue is under construction until Memorial Day. This is why

Where to find dessert in Pensacola: 8 treats that are sure to blow your mind

“Would you like to see a dessert menu?” a server will usually politely prod after a satisfying meal.

And whether dessert is a rare treat for birthdays and anniversaries, or you’ve been secretly waiting the entire meal to satisfy your sweet tooth, nothing can disappoint like a dessert that’s just an afterthought. Something that doesn’t match the same level of creativity and precision that the restaurant prides itself on.

So we did the dirty work and found eight of the most interesting, delicious, and exquisite desserts hidden on Pensacola’s restaurant menus.

Here are eight items worth reserving and skipping straight to dessert:

Full story: Skip dinner and go straight to dessert. 8 Pensacola Treats That Steal the Show