If you were out there, then you know that the party Pier Park sponsored at Aaron Bessant Park this year was nothing short of amazing. I just want to take a moment to thank the team at Pier Park for caring so much about the community and really becoming involved when it comes to being sure our perfect slice of paradise is not only beautiful, but also clean.
Recently in a discussion with Paul Ajdaharian, one of the VP’s at Simon Property group, he was telling me that the closely manicured landscaping and near always meticulous look of the property is very intentional, he quoted saying “you wouldn’t beleive how much money goes into keeping this property looking this great every month.” You see, this does more than make Simon look good, it makes Panama City Beach look good as well. The premier shopping and dining complex in Panama City Beach is going to attract near every tourist that vacations in Panama City Beach, and if they don’t have a great experience there, they’ll remember it.
I was talking to someone a few weeks back who was telling me the reason Felicia and Ashley (the marketing girls at Pier Park) do so well in involving the community with events at Pier Park is because they work so hard. And, although I do agree that they work hard, that’s not why all of this is so successful. This all works so well because they LOVE what they are doing and their passion shows greatly in everything and everyway they participate in the community.
While its easy to criticize Pier Park and complain to me about giving them so much coverage, Pier Park has single handedly done more for this community than any one entity has for a long time, and it has given us a way to come together as Panama City Beach in a way that’s never before been seen – just look at the crowds for New Years and July 4th!
So, enough of the mushyness, here’s the video. Great work Pier Park!