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.

Credits: http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/88171467.html

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"”

Optimism On PCB: Beth Oltman “Future of PCB Look’s Bright”

Picture Courtesy of Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

If you don’t know Beth Oltman, President & CEO of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, now would be a good time to drive down to Richard Jackson Boulevard and get to know one of Panama City Beach’s leading ladies. Beth hails from South Carolina, born in California, she has been the president of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce for nearly 4 years.

We sat down with Beth for our Optimism on Panama City Beach series and talked PCB, current and future prospects.
Continue reading “Optimism On PCB: Beth Oltman “Future of PCB Look’s Bright””

Your Property Could Be Sold in 8 Seconds…But First…

There is so much to be excited about and write about his week, I have had a hard time making a decision. But as usual I focus on what is actually happening in my little Real Estate world. The market is still very much a buyers market so the push is on for our sellers to put their best foot forward so I thought we would concentrate on a few things that a seller can do to help their Realtor sell their home. I will only briefly remind you that price is imperative from the very beginning… not after it has been on the market for two months but from day one!!!!!!!

Continue reading “Your Property Could Be Sold in 8 Seconds…But First…”

Jack Bishop asks TDC; "We Need More Help with the Seafood, Wine & Music Fest

Tuesday’s combined TDC/CVB meeting at City Hall covered topics such as the impact of extra sporting events and sports marketing on Panama City Beach, (numbers are up and new events keep coming!) approval and discussion of various financial items, an update on the Panama City Beach vegetation project (very well executed so far, almost 60% complete with lots of new sea oats and vegetation planted), and, most importantly, the Seafood Wine & Music Festival for 2010.

Jack Bishop, local restaurant owner and former member of the Bay County Tourist Development Council is one of the festival organizers, and took to the microphone at the meeting to put his thoughts and ideas to the board. Mr Bishop talked about how far the festival has come since it’s roots and how he sees further growth and improvement in the future. “The Seafood, Wine & Music Festival has gone a long way towards restoring the image of Panama City Beach.” Bishop stated. “We need something like this, something for people to do in addition to 4th July, especially now we are appealing to an upper level demographic with the arrival of the new airport.”
Mr Bishop continued to say; “We need to make some short term decisions, and some long term decisions. In the short term, let’s think about 2010. We need to address the issues of security, garbage and sanitation, and production, all of which we need to step up, and will need extra resources for. We need extra promotion and sponsorship, extra marketing, and extra financing.” Mr Bishop then asked for an additional $50,000 on top of the current $60,000 the board has already committed in order to execute these changes. “We know exactly where we are now with the Seafood, Wine & Music Festival, and I have learned many lessons along the way. If I am to take on this extra responsibility, then I am going to need more help.”

Set Your Plans: Panama City Beach Calendar of Events

If you been trying to figure out the perfect day to come down to Panama City Beach for your next vacation, here is a list of the upcoming events that could be the catalyst for a great getaway for you and your family.

Wine Over Water, March 12-14

This three day wine and culinary event offers a wine pairing dinner incorporating local cuisine, a chef cook-off, live entertainment and wine tastings. Ticket prices range from $25 – $100 per person with a portion of this year’s proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Gulf County. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wineoverwater.net.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 15-18 Continue reading “Set Your Plans: Panama City Beach Calendar of Events”

AGENDA: TDC to Talk Sports and Seafood Wine and Music Festival

At this meeting we will learn how successful the new-look Seafood Wine and Music Festival turned out to be. If you attended the event, it seemed as though it was hugely successful, but after all the tickets were counted, how huge was it really and will it translate to a bigger, better event for next year?

AGENDA

COMBINED BOARD MEETING
Bay County Tourist Development Council
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
Panama City Beach
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
9:00 a.m.
Council Room, PCB City Hall

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

A. Invocation
B. Pledge of Allegiance
C. Approve Minutes From February 9, 2010

III. REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS (3 Minutes)

IV. PRESENTATION TO 2009 TDC/CVB CHAIRMAN BY MR. MIKE BENNETT

V. UPDATE ON TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS, Mr. Bill Kinsaul, Clerk of the Court

VI. BOARD ACTION ITEMS

A. Discuss and Consider for Approval CVB/TDC Financial Statements Dated October 31, 2009, November 30, 2009, December 31, 2009 and January 31, 2010,, Mr. Dan Rowe, President
B. Discuss and Consider for Approval Coastal Planning & Engineering Invoice #100203, Invoice #100204, and Invoice #100205, Mr. Dan Rowe, President
C. Discuss and Consider for Approval Amendment 2 to FDEP Grant 07BA2, Mr. Dan Rowe, President
D. Update and Discuss and Consider for Approval Aquatic Plants of Florida Invoice #21029, Mr. Dan Rowe, President

VII. BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS

A. Update on Sports Marketing Activities, Mr. Richard Sanders, VP of Sports Marketing
B. Discuss Panama City Beach Seafood, Music & Wine Festival, Mr. Jack Bishop, Eventertainment, LLC

VIII. PRESIDENT’S REPORT

IX. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

X. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

XI. ADJOURNMENT

To Download the Agenda CLICK HERE