Progress comes with a price and most people are OK with that — unless they are the ones having to pay it.

In a story headlined "Businesses brace for U.S. 231 Flyover" on page B1 of Tuesday's News Herald, John Henderson reported that a flyover project for U.S. 231 at Harrison Avenue is funded for acquisition of right-of-way for the project. Numerous businesses will be affected, some more strongly than others, some in a positive way (more traffic poured near them) and some in a negative way (traffic diverted).

Center stage from both a geographical and a historical perspective is Tally-Ho, where the sign proudly proclaims "SINCE 1949." Owner Johnny Branch said he'll have to move and while he won't miss a day of business, the building so many love will disappear from Harrison Avenue where it has sat for some 69 years.

Branch doesn't think the flyover is necessary and fears it will discourage people from turning off U.S. 98 and driving downtown, a concern that deserves addressing. The project is slated to have new bridges that will separate traffic through multiple intersections with flyovers bypassing Harrison and Jenks avenues.

"The flyover at this location will improve safety, commerce, reduce travel delays, and allow better access to downtown Panama City, U.S. 231 and Jenks Ave.," said Department of Transportation spokesperson Ian Satter.

Branch and other nearby business owners aren't necessarily happy but seem pragmatic as the state and city address Panama City's own version of Spaghetti Junction. It will change the face of Panama City's entrance, and mean the loss of the iconic Tally-Ho sign, used by generations as both a landmark for directions and a destination. But like the great sputnik that used to famously sit at Harrison Avenue and U.S. 231, its memory will someday fade as well, we suppose.

It's a conundrum for elected officials, who one one hand are criticized for messing with the layout while at the same time take criticism for not moving faster on other major projects.

We recall the debate over the new Hathaway Bridge, with many not believing it was necessary. Those who remember the old span bridge and its metal-grid surface at the top and the peculiar sounds your tires made while crossing it likely have trouble imagining what a trip to the Beach would be like now without the new bridge. And it's eastern flyover, which will make it even smoother, remains under construction.

For us, Los Antojitos, a popular Mexican restaurant owned by Matt and Mynta Haribson comes to mind when we look at Tally-Ho's dilemma.

For decades the popular (particularly among locals who knew the food inside the beaten-down appearing building was superb) restaurant sat east of the bridge on the south side of U.S. 98. It had to be demolished because of the new bridge's flyover.

The Harbinsons rebuilt, bigger and better in St. Andrews on Beck Avenue, and have seen a surge in popularity ever since as higher visibility draws tourists, locals keep coming, and they have a new, modern, uniquely designed building.

Change is not easy and some people pay a higher price for progress than others, but let's hope our beloved Tally-Ho arises in its new location stronger, better and with, if we're lucky, even bigger sour cream logs.