Traffic Overload: Infrastructure on Panama City Beach – Pt 1

If you have been anywhere on the beach during this years Spring Break, you’ve noticed no doubt that traffic has been unusually bad this year. Sure, Front Beach Road is a given, avoid that traffic-trap at all costs. Traffic on FBR was so astonishingly bad, that Saturday night officials from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office had to close Front Beach Road from 6p.m. until at least 10p.m. But, even Panama City Beach Parkway, known for providing a speedy getaway for residents looking to circumvent the knots of cars, was slammed with bumper to bumper traffic. In fact, the traffic was so bad on the afternoon of the Car Show at Frank Brown Park that Eastbound traffic was backed up will beyond highway 79, leaving a trail of stories of residents taking 388 into town. One could argue that this whole traffic matter was simply a Spring Break phenomenon, but with the new airport coming online, some predict this is only the start of a growing problem. So what’s the deal?

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Airport Nearly Complete With Pictures To Prove It: Control Tower Pics Too

We spent the afternoon touring the new airport site. From the outside, there is still so much land-work to do one would think the open date set for May 23rd is utterly unreachable. But, once we ventured into the terminal it became clear that the airport will definitely make its date. Already, many of the necessary systems are in place, the drywall is up and tile being laid. The baggage claim area is nearly complete and upstairs 4 of the 7 gate bridges are already in place. We even took the 10 story trip up the control tower and took in the view of the whole place and, man, it looks spectacular. I could bore you with all the superlatives, but, why would I when I have pictures. Take a look.

New Airport To Grace Phonebook Covers

The next time you reach for your phone book to look up a local number, you’ll see the beginnings of an image you’ll come to know intimately in the near future; Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

More than 336,000 copies of this AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory have been produced for distribution in the area this year. Delivery is underway, and will continue through May 10. The directory also will be available to new residents and businesses throughout the year.

“We are pleased to feature the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport on the cover of our new AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory for this area,” said Barb Orton, general manager- Emerald Coast region. “We always strive to make our directory covers special on the outside and to tailor the content inside to best serve the needs of our communities. You can count on the AT&T Real Yellow Pages as your complete source of local information.” Continue reading “New Airport To Grace Phonebook Covers”

St. Joe on the Move: PCB to Benefit?

You may already know that the St. Joe Company was working on a large development, a project adjacent to the soon-to-opened Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Well, earlier today, the St. Joe Company revealed plans to transport its corporate headquarters to that new location, embedding themselves more deeply in the region than ever before.

In an article published on the WJHG website, read the full article here, the move could mean big things for our area:

“The new location, surrounded by some of the Company’s most valuable land holdings, will enable the Company to build on its real estate and economic development successes in the Northwest Florida region.

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The Company will be consolidating offices from Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Port St. Joe and South Walton County into the new location. Construction of the approximately 50,000 square foot Class A multi-tenant office building is scheduled to begin this summer, with relocation of the Company’s headquarters and personnel to be completed by the summer of 2011.”

So what does this mean for us? Well, it means that St. Joe sees something on the horizon, maybe something on which the rest of us can only speculate. In recent PCB Optimism articles (read Beth Oltman’s Here or Dawn Moliterno’s Here) both community leaders spoke about a burgeoning regionalization and growth of industry in the areas near future. Perhaps, this move is the first mile marker on a road to a bigger, brighter Northwest Florida.

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Optimism On PCB: Dawn Moliterno “More International Travelers”

Photo Courtesy of Walton County Chamber

Dawn Moliterno has been the President & CEO of the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 5 years and has been a leader in our region for quite some time.

Dawn serves on several boards all over our area including Coastal Vision 3000, West Florida Regional Planning Council CEDS Committee, Okaloosa/Walton Workforce Development Board,  and the Scenic Corridor Association.

Dawn on the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

“I do believe the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport will change our economy and have a major impact on Northwest Florida in the near future and more dramatic impact down the road. We are already seeing the signs by all fares being considerably lower in airports throughout the region with the announcement of Southwest Airlines.” Continue reading “Optimism On PCB: Dawn Moliterno “More International Travelers””

Tired of Spring Break? April Fun Is Right Around The Corner

For those of you who have been disenchanted by Spring Break, afraid to go out and, when you do, avoiding some of your favorite spots, worry not, April is coming to bring you some really, REALLY, good times. Panama City Beach has put together a string of April events that will have you out enjoying the weather and having an awesome time.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival – April 16th, 17th and 18th

Last year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival was one of Panama City Beach’s most successful events of the year. Hosted by internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, the event featured some of the most skilled jazz musicians in the world. The likes of Eric Darius, Boney James, Wayman Tisdale, Will Downing, Althea Rene, Warren Hill, Joyce Cooling and other took over Pier Park for a weekend of music, food, wine and all around good-times. Below is the video we shot from last years event.

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Click Here To Read Last Year’s Article

Mr. Surf’s 12th Annual Spring Skim Jam – April 16th, 17th and 18th

If you’ve never attended a Skim Jam, you don’t know what you’re missing. The world’s most talented professional skimmers absolutely shredded the break on Panama City Beach, Continue reading “Tired of Spring Break? April Fun Is Right Around The Corner”

SEASIDE REP OPENS 10TH SEASON WITH "ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE"

The Seaside Repertory Theatre will be once again be performing the hit musical play, “Always…Patsy Cline,” sponsored by Midtown Seagrove. It’s been six years since Patsy has been featured on the Rep stage, and the show will kick off the theatre’s 10th anniversary season this Thursday, March 18th 2010, running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through April 10th 2010. Continue reading “SEASIDE REP OPENS 10TH SEASON WITH "ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE"”