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Here's Why 'Floribama Shore' Moved From the Panhandle to St. Petersburg Ahead of Season 3



Though nothing can ever really compete with the shock value that existed when Jersey Shore premiered in 2009, its spinoff show Floribama Shore has come close. The MTV reality show is set to debut its third season on Nov. 14, and there's one thing that will throw fans for a bit of a loop in the premiere episode: the new location.

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The first two seasons of the reality series took place in Florida's panhandle, and the full-time residents were less than thrilled about the partying cast moving in. There were several petitions to get the show axed from Panama City Beach (PCB), and after a cast member's arrest and assuring that they've done all they could in the panhandle, the show has moved to St. Petersburg. Why did Floribama Shore move? 

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Why did Floribama Shore move?

According to MTV, the eight cast members made the move from PCB to St. Petersburg aka St. Pete's because they got kicked out of every bar and had to try somewhere new where people didn't know their reputations. While that makes some sense, it's likely that the real reason has to do with the backlash the show got from many Panama City residents.

When it was revealed that the cast was leaving PCB, the mayor of Panama City said, "I’m glad they’re gone. I hope they stay gone."

Many from the area had said that the show brought back the reputation that PCB is a Spring Break destination, which residents had been trying to reverse for years. 

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In St. Pete's, it seems like the show is getting a bit of a warmer reception. According to The Tampa Bay Times, there were a slew of bars in the area that always had their doors open to the reality show cast. They were able to film there whenever they wanted, as long as they called ahead.

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Though residents were angry at the production team for potentially making their community look like a place for partying and nefarious behavior, the real reason for the move might just be to keep the show fresh. Jersey Shore changed locations multiple times throughout the show, with Season 2 taking place in Miami and Season 3 filming in none other than Florence, Italy. There's only so many times that we can see the cast going out to the same few bars. 

Why did Nilsa get arrested on Floribama Shore?

One of the major plot points of Season 3 of the MTV show is likely going to be Nilsa's arrest. In July, while filming the third season, Nilsa was arrested for a misdemeanor of flashing people on the beach. According to reports, she called out to beachgoers and then proceeded to lift her shirt up.

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"My parents live 45 minutes away from the beach house, and I missed having my family close by," Nilsa told MTV News about why she felt more vulnerable in the new location. "Being in PCB, I would just run away from my problems, but being in St. Pete was difficult because my family was seven hours away."

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Nilsa later said that she bailed herself out of jail because she had her debit card number memorized. She also claimed that nobody in the house was awake to hear her calling. She pled guilty to the charge in August, and said that she got into trouble because she didn't want to leave the bar. 

Cast member Aimee Hall also was arrested in Season 2 for battery against another woman. The woman later brought a civil suit against Aimee and 495 Productions, which produces the show. 

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Deena Cortese, and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro all got arrested during their runs on Jersey Shore. It looks like some of the Floribama Shore cast members are trying to follow in their footsteps.

Floribama Shore airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on MTV. 

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