Spring Break is in full swing and along with that comes droves of college kids looking for a good time that mostly includes drinking endless amounts of alcohol, walking around our streets with open containers, and leaving their garbage all over the place.
Click the “more” link for pictures and a comment about how PCB is being ruined as a family spot.
In the Bryan’s review about the 2008 TDC/CVB Spring Break Marketing Plan someone posted the following comment (sorry for the all-caps):
It looks like the TDC got screwed and in the process they are killing PCB as a family vacation spot. How sad is this for all the investors. Read the email below from a renter canceling next year’s reservation:
WE ARE SORRY TO DO THIS TO YOU. WE HAVE DECIDED THAT PANAMA CITY BEACH IS NOT A PLACE WE WANT TO SPEND OUR VACATION. AFTER SURVIVING 4 DAYS OF THE SPRING BREAKERS AND ALL THE DRINKING, DRUG DEALING AND WILD PARTIES IT IS NOT TO BE TOLERATED. THE YOUNG PEOPLE DO AS THEY PLEASE NO POLICE PRESENCE OR BEACH PATROL. THE CONDO AREAS ARE A MESS. WE ARE CLOSE TO THE OCEAN VILLA AND HAVE HEARD ABOUT ALL THE GOINGS ON. SORRY WE WANT TO SPEND OUR HOLIDAY WHERE PEOPLE OBEY THE LAW AND HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND PROPERTY. IN DESTIN LAST YEAR THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. THERE WAS NO DRINKING IN PUBLIC AREAS. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN AT OCEAN VILLA IT IS A PERFECT SET UP. BUT THE CITY HAS GONE WILD
Has the city gone wild? Can anyone speak into the policing? I stopped by the MTV Village today and saw one Sheriff officer and thousands of spring breakers. I couldn’t tell you how many I saw that could barely walk carrying cans of beer and open-topped cups.
As I was walking back out to my car, 4 drunk girls in bikinis approached me (with my camera) and asked if I wanted to take their picture. I said no, and they called me a dirty word that I would rather not repeat.
By catering to the college spring break crowd, are we driving off the families that want to be here for their spring break as well? How many years away will it take for the people mentioned above to forget about their experience and give Panama City Beach another chance? Will they ever come back? What are they telling their friends?
This is the kind of stuff we need to be aware of.
As of this post, I am officially starting a “Do you support College Spring Break” poll. It is up at the top right of the site. Do you support College Spring Break? Or would you rather we figure out how and put more emphasis on getting families to our beaches during spring break.