The “Top” of 2011

Heading into 2012 many reflect and look back on the year behind them.  Here are a few lists to help you stroll down memory lane!  If you are looking for something specific Time has a full list of the top 10 things in a list of categories!

Google’s Top Searches in 2011

  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google+
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. Tepco (The city ordered to evacuate after the earthqakes shook Japan and the Fukushima plant)
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

The Top 10 Franchises from 2011

  1. Hampton Hotels
  2. Subway
  3. 7-Eleven Inc.
  4. Servpro
  5. Days Inn
  6. McDonald’s
  7. Denny’s Inc.
  8. H & R Block
  9. Pizza Hut Inc.
  10. Dunkin’ Donuts

Most Popular Twitter Hashtags

  1. #egypt
  2. #tigerblood
  3. #threewordstoliveby
  4. #idontunderstandwhy
  5. #japan
  6. #improudtosay
  7. superbowl
  8. jan25

Here is to looking back on 2011, and moving on to 2012!

Predictions for 2012 That Will Never Happen

Think of what you’d like to see happen in 2012… Now think about what you’d like to see happen, but you know won’t in a million years happen.  Those of us at PCB Daily wanted to share our list of far-fetched predictions and hopes for 2012, even though we know the likely-hood of them happening is slim-t0-none.

  • The speed limit on Back Beach road near Pier Park goes back to 55mph, and even gets raised to 70mph (everyone goes that fast anyway)
  • Panama City Beach locals will be admitted to both piers at no cost (aren’t our taxes paying for them anyway?)
  • A theme park is built in Panama City Beach (with tons of giant roller coasters)
  • IKEA finds a home in Panama City Beach (and in all of our homes)
  • A Whole Foods is built here (preferably two or three)
  • People stop complaining about the lack of jobs long enough to look at the many job listings that are emailed out daily (stop blaming for-profit corporations for making a profit)
  • Not to hear about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world again (it’s predicted to end on December 21st, 2012 by the way so get your bucket list crossed off)
What do you hope to see in 2012 that won’t really happen?

**Please note this article is meant to be comical and does not necessarily reflect the views of PCB Daily as a whole**

2011 Record Tourism in PCB

Jason Koertge has an awesome vacation rental business in Panama City Beach that focuses on remarkable properties around the Pier Park area.  They range from 1 to 3 bedrooms, they’re clean, and amazing.  He can be found at PCBLP.com.

First let me say, hi!  Now that we’re through the pleasantries, let’s get down to business!

For those of you that have been keeping an eye on the market the past 10 months, you know that Panama City Beach has seen the fruition of a huge pent-up demand for our white sandy beaches.  Coming out of a recovering market and a near cataclysmic oil spill situation, Panama City Beach was ripe for the picking this year and we have the numbers to prove it.

Following is a report on the bed tax revenue for Panama City Beach as reported to Bay County and provided to the Tourist Development Council.

Summer of 2010

The summer of 2010 should really be taken right off the record.  The tourism numbers were terrible.  Industry-related businesses all up and down the beach reported record-shattering lows, driving some out of business and others right into their savings accounts.

It was so nasty, we did a whole series on the travails.

But, just for conversation’s sake, let’s take a look at the numbers. 

  • May — — $1,075,882.69
  • June — — $1,884,269.21
  • July — — $1,967,020.33
  • August — — $807,936.59
  • September — — $795,301.87
Summer of 2009

Rolling into the summer of 2009, the spring months were record breaking.  We were experiencing a strong increase over the previous year and the summer was pacing to be the same.  Numbers were an honest 10 to 15% increase over the previous year, which is considered healthy.

Here are the numbers. 

  • May — — $998,779.40
  • June — — $1,946,037.92
  • July — — $2,302,863.86
  • August — — $947,596.17
  • September — — $795,698.44
Summer of 2011

Compared to the summer of 2010, this past summer’s bed tax revenue numbers were earthquake-inducing.  Looking at the numbers, one begins to wonder where all those people stayed.  I can tell you, with me being in the tourism business now, the summer was just absolutely nuts.  We were booked solid from June 1 through the end of August with nary a vacancy.

Here are the numbers. 

  • May — — $1,127,340.30 — 4.78% up from 2010; 11.4% up from 2009
  • June — — $2,283,706.72 — 21.2% up from 2010; 14.7% up from 2009
  • July — — $2,966,913.96 — 50.83% up from 2010; 22% up from 2009
  • August — — $1,086,541.59 — 34.48% up from 2010; 12.7% up from 2009
  • September — — $928,161.56 — 16.71% up from 2010; 14.2% up from 2009
Looks like we’re back on track.

Ya know, coming out of last year’s disaster, any improvement was a welcome sight.  But looking at the numbers over last year, it feels like we just picked up where we would have been left off, had we had a normal summer in 2010.  This is positive and encouraging considering most of us locals’ livelihood relies on tourism to feed our families.

Speaking from someone who knows, this past summer was certainly feast over famine for us, and we certainly anticipate the same for next year.

Congestion on Back Beach Road to Increase

The speed limit has been lowered to 45mph, Pier Park is attracting new stores, Wal-Mart will be calling the area home soon, and now Pier Park North is scheduled to be built. Many complain about the congestion and traffic on the stretch of Back Beach Road near Pier Park already, but with these factors those commuting through Back Beach Road should expect the congestion to increase.

While the speed-limit being lowered on Back Beach Road upset many locals at first, the new development across from Pier Park has changed a lot of opinions. Considering the traffic that the increased shopping areas will add 45mph seems necessary to ensure safety.

When the new Wal-Mart was being negotiated those who lived in the neighborhoods around Pier Park were in an uproar.  Is noise and traffic a fair price to pay for a turnaround in the economy? How do you feel now that there are many factors contributing to the increase in traffic and noise?

Ring in 2012 With a Bang!

Looking for a list of bars and clubs that are having a spectacular event for New Year’s Eve?  Here are a few options for your New Year’s party!

New Year’s Eve at Club LaVela

Panama City Beach’s Club LaVela will be partying hard to end 2011 and start 2012!  They are kicking off a new beginning for the nightclub and will be unveiling new renovations.  Over 10,000 free invites will be distributed throughout the city, which will allow you entry for a low price.

Breaker’s British and American New Year’s

Breaker’s is counting down to 2012 twice, once at 6pm when the clocks stike 12 in England and again at 12am when it’s 2012 in Panama City Beach!  There will be party favors and a champagne toast for the “British New Year’s.”  Breakers is also offering a Red, White, and Blue package including appetizers, entrees, dessert for two, and an open bar till midnight.  Make sure to make reservations for both events!

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance Cruise

From 9:00pm- 12:30am, join the Lady Anderson Dining Yacht for a New Year in style.  There will be a live band, appetizers, favors, toast, and dinner buffet.  Reservations are required, but make sure to reserve early- you’ll get the best seats!

Spinnaker’s Party of the Century

Spinnaker is hosting the Party of the Century this New Year’s Eve.  Dinner will be served in the Paradise Grill from 7pm-9pm, followed by a dance party from 9pm-am.  The dance party will have live music, complimentary champagne, and party favors!  Dinner does require reservations, so please email info@spinnakerbeachclub.com.

Rock in the New Year On the Beach at Schooners

The last local beach club, Schooners, will be having a New Year’s Eve bash on the beach!  Dinner will start at 7pm, followed by the Chris LeBlanc Band, a champagne toast, and party favors!  You can view the menu and reservation information online.

NYE at the Sandpiper Beacon’s Tiki Bar

Celebrate with live music all night long!  Noisemakers, hors d’oeuvres, hats, and a midnight champagne toast promise to bring the fun in with the new year!  Visit the Sandpiper Beacon for more information.

New Year’s Eve Bash

C-Level Bar and Grill is bringing you 5 DJ’s to bring in 2012.  They will have a free champagne toast at midnight, but with advanced notice bottle service is available.  They are giving away CD’s, freebies, and a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Skully’s Time Piece Tattoo’s.  There will be drink specials all night long.

If you are looking for more family-oriented fun, please see this article.  We hope you have a great ending to 2011 and an even better beginning to 2012!

It’s Christmas Week, Are You Looking For Something To Do?

The children are out of school, the house is decorated, cookies are baked… now what?  If you are looking for a way to spend your vacation time with your family, we have a few options for you!

Jingle Bell Swing Benefit Concert- Noah’s Ark

December 22nd, 7:00pm

For $8 a person, you can join the Cloud 9 Orchestra for concert to benefit Noah’s Ark! Noah’s Ark has a mission to make God’s presence known to visitors of Panama City Beach.  Tickets are available online.

A Very Elvis Christmas Dinner and Show- Breakers

December 23rd

Dinner specials will be available for those who choose to come early to watch the sunset from Breakers.  Starting at 8:30pm, you’ll hear “A Very Elvis Christmas” from Todd Allen Herendeen.  The tribute includes songs from Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, The King himself – Elvis Presley, and more!

Don’t forget that Fun for the Holidays continues to run at Shipwreck Island Water Park, at the City Pier, and on Alf Coleman!