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CMT may shoot "Party down South" segment on Pensacola Beach
PENSACOLA BEACH -- ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Country Music Television, CMT, is looking to shoot a reality show on Pensacola Beach. Producers of "Party Down South" have been visiting beach businesses to see who's on board and several business owners have mixed feelings.
"Party Down South" is a reality show that follows a group of young people all living in a house for the summer. The series is created by the same people that made "Jersey Shore".
Pensacola Beach has been abuzz about the prospects of the series filming locally. Tuesday night, producers for the show approached Greg Calvert at Sidelines Sports Bar. They were looking for locations to shoot, and wanted him to get onboard by signing a location agreement.
Calvert had reservations about the show.
"We looked at the show online, saw some of the clips, and we try to bill ourselves as more of a family friendly organization and what we saw on the show is just not our cup of tea" said Greg Calvert, Sidelines Sports Bar.
A Facebook page has been created 'against' the reality show filming on the beach. In just a few hours, more than a thousand people liked the page.
Mike Pinzone was also approached by "Party Down South" producers. He admits he doesn't know much about the show. He hasn't decided whether or not to allow filming in his restaurant.
He stands by his family friendly values and that will ultimately influence his decision.
"You can't portray me as something I'm not, if I don't let you. You can't come to our beach and say it's this, this and this if we don't let you" said "Mike Pinzone, Papa's Pizza Owner.
The show does not need approval from the Santa Rosa Island Authority to rent a house or film on the public beach. The producers were issued a film application for insurance purposes by Visit Pensacola. As of Wednesday afternoon, the application had not been returned.