After months of speculation since the devastating fire on April 28th 2010 left the beloved Treasure Ship restaurant just a shell of its former glory, owners Lisa and Jimmy Todd have decided not to re-build. The historic landmark was opened in 1978 and since became one of Panama City Beach’s favorite eateries, thanks to its glorious waterfront setting, abundance of character, great food and friendly staff.
This was a crazy summer in a variety of ways in Panama City Beach. With the summer tourism season being kicked off with a massive fire on Thomas Drive to our whole industry being devastated by a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, our traffic exploded, our newsletter subscriptions went through the roof and we had some of the most record breaking trending articles we’ve ever seen.
Every year in September, Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, hosts the largest 4 day Lobster Festival & Tournament in Florida. This year the Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council and Schooners have partnered together to host the 21st Annual Lobsterfest September 16, 17, 18 & 19th.
Lobsterfest has always been a local favorite, but now in conjunction with the TDC there is an effort to attract visitors from all over the South East to come and enjoy the festivities and take advantage of Panama City Beach’s beautiful oil free water and seafood.
Divers from all over the country will compete in a variety of lobster categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with an opportunity to win cash and prizes totaling over $10,000. Weigh-ins will be from 3-6pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.
The Lobster Feast will begin at Noon on Sunday, and spectators will get a chance to taste the catch for themselves! A special Schooners menu has been developed for all the fresh local lobster that will be harvested by the divers.
At 11 am, Sunday, the silent auction will begin featuring lobsters, incredible merchandise and unique packages donated by local businesses. The auction will close and the final awards ceremony will begin Sunday at 4pm. Continue reading “SCHEDULE: 21st Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament This Weekend”
This is an interview with Susan Estler, the Vice President of Marketing for the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Keeping consistent with our Optimism in PCB article series, we wanted to share with you some of the marketing genius that is behind putting Panama City Beach on the map. Susan has been with the PCB CVB almost as long as we’ve been blogging about Panama City Beach. We at PCBDaily have seen her help develop the marketing efforts from a tattered, inherited mess, to a decisive, calculated masterpiece. She’s done a great job with the CVB team and we’d like to offer her a warm welcome to the pages of PCBDaily.com.
If you are lucky enough to be flying in or out of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport then you will undoubtedly be enjoying the benefits of this great facility – including low-cost fares, new gateway destinations and the state-of-the-art terminal buildings. However there’s one drawback for those without wheels.
In what was supposed to be the best July we’ve ever experienced in Panama City Beach, threat of oil-covered sand and fear of ruined vacations kept visitor’s away. This summer was supposed to be the beginning of a new era in Panama City Beach tourism growth with high expectations from the performance of the new airport and the millions of dollars of extra marketing money that was being pumped into the awareness of our area. Local officials, organizations and industry leaders had literally been working up to this summer for years in anticipation of record breaking numbers; and it was all crushed by what some would call a series of blatant mistakes that could have easily been avoided.
Many of you remember the emergence of Coastal Community Bank a few years back, during the real estate boom that swept through the Panama City Beach area like a hurricane. Property values sky-rocketed and prosperity moved over the area like melted chocolate over a fresh red apple. People were doing great, and banks were cropping up all over the place. Not all of them would make it, even some of the ones that had been around for decades ended up faltering. Coastal Community was one of them, but they seem to have been acquired by a good suit.
Co-op Year 2
Last year, Panama City Beach business owners took Spring Break matters into their own hands creating a cooperative after the TDC decided to no longer fund advertising for Spring Break. The co-op turned out to be a great success, creating trackable information on Spring Break students, as well as new avenues through which to communicate with, market to and eventually drive spring breakers to our shores. In year two, the co-op is already on the ball, buzzing Spring Breakers via the nearly 15,000 fans on their facebook page about deals, information and dates.
Ah, Labor Day, the celebration of the end of summer and a time to rest from labors and enjoy time with family and friends. For my family, we spent the day at Shipwreck Island. We go to the beach often, but knowing today was the last day Panama City Beach’s largest waterpark would be open, we rode some slides and enjoyed a perfect day at the park.
Read on for 5 reasons why my family and I LOVE Shipwreck Island.
This fall’s Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally takes place in just a couple more weeks – starting Thursday, September 30th and wrapping up on Sunday, October 2nd. As was the case with this year’s spring rally, the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will once again play host to this autumn’s rally, a move that will undoubtedly continue to surprise some. However, if you are a concerned Bay Point resident or local and you didn’t get a chance to see the layout for yourself back in May, here’s a couple of things to bear in mind. Continue reading “Bay Point Marriott to Once Again be Venue for Thunder Beach 2010 Rally”