Giveaway – Win 2 Four-Day Passes to Seabreeze Jazz Fest

We’ve talked about this year’s line-up to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, we’ve gone over the full event schedule and we just talked about some fascinating stats on this absolutely wonderful event.  So, you have no excuse to NOT go this year.  And now, we’re going to make going one step easier by doing an awesome giveaway!

We’ve done TONS of giveaways in the past and this time around, we’re going to make increasing your chances of winning even easier!

But first, let’s discuss what we’re giving away.

What we are giving away.

For this giveaway, we are giving away 2 four-day passes to the 2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival.  To be specific, there are 2 tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Each four-day pass is worth retail $200.  However, each single day individual ticket is worth retail $80.

So, this could be a $400 value or you could look at it as a $640 value.  Whichever makes you feel better! 🙂

Here is the very abbreviated event schedule:

  • Thursday – Gates open at 5 pm
  • Friday – Gates open at 5 pm
  • Saturday – Gates open at 10 am
  • Sunday – Gates open at 10 am
Multiple ways to enter.

Well, we’re all social people, right?  Our Facebook page is one of the most active in the area with over 14,000 Likes.  Our Twitter feed has almost 3,500 followers.  So, in addition to opening this up here on PCBDaily.com, in the comments section (like we’ve traditionally done), we’re opening this up to our Facebook page and Twitter followers.

Here are the ways you can win:

  • Comment below about your past Jazz Fest experiences or future Jazz Fest wishes.
  • Share this post on Facebook and Tag PCBDaily in the post. Here is the url for this contest: http://www.pcbdaily.com/win-2012-seabreeze-jazz-tickets
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  • Share the Facebook post we put on our Facebook page.
  • Tweet this: Win Free Seabreeze Jazz Fest Tix from @pcbdaily at http://goo.gl/RA0ZX
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One more way to get free tickets.

You can enter, but you leave getting free tickets up to the odds of winning.  But, for a limited quantity, if you book a beach condo with us on a three night minimum for that weekend we’ll give you 2 four-day passes too! In case you hadn’t noticed, we have Panama City Beach Luxury Properties and we’re booking up fast for that weekend!

So, just to summarize.  If you book a condo with us and stay with us for at least 3 nights, we’ll give you 2 four-day passes to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival!  This is a steal, especially if you’re coming down here anyway.  And if you’re local, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house for the weekend!

Rules and other details.
  • Each entrant can enter once and only once (we can verify this by ip AND cookies) and must use a valid first name and email address if they enter in comments below.
  • Contest begins when this post is published and ends on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5 p.m. CST.
  • We will be doing the drawing regardless of how many people enter.
  • A winner will be chosen at random.  There will be 1 winner total.
  • By entering you are opting in to receive future newsletters and emails from PCBDaily and you are opening yourself up to the greatest resource for news and information Panama City Beach has to offer.
  • If you are selected and you do not respond to our email notifying you of winning 48 hours of the contest ending, then we reserve the right to either keep the prize for another giveaway in the future or award the prize to another entrant.
  • If you are selected from an entrant through either Facebook or Twitter and you do not respond to our notifications and contact attempts within 48 hours of the contest ending, the again, we reserve the right to either keep the prize for another giveaway in the future or award the prize to another entrant.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental United States.
  • We will not ship or mail the tickets, they must be picked up at our office listed below.
  • Our office address is 12118 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite 10, Panama City Beach, FL  32407
  • Read full rules here.

2012 Tourism Revenue Predictions

Every year we anxiously look forward to the tourism season, which consists mostly of about 8 months.  While we see tourists travel here year round, when you come to the beach, you usually want to get out in the water, so the higher concentration of tourists always falls in the summer.  Of course, the kids being out of school plays some part in that too, I suppose. 😉

A quick history

The last few years in the tourism industry has been an interesting ride.  We had the great pleasure of riding an appreciation wave where we saw real estate values sky-rocket.  Then, we subsequently saw a meltdown as we came off the inflated prices and realistic terms finally again began determining pricing.

We had a number of new economic developments in the area that made our beaches look significantly more attractive than they used to.  Some of the many changes include Pier Park, the relocation of the airport and a wide variety of new commercial, retail and dining establishments that have cropped up all over the beach.

As our area has grown, and more have made this their vacation spot, the demand for a greater variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions has slowly been met.

This is growth, my friend.  Sometimes it may seem slow, but it is definitely happening.

Tourism revenue numbers

Because accommodations are offered from endless mediums, including property management companies (like ours), full scale resorts, or private owners, it’s extremely difficult, nay impossible to gather occupancy rates market wide.

So, the way we typically determine market growth is by looking at bed tax revenue numbers.  But, as was explained to me earlier (which I have certainly considered in the past), just because we have a growing revenue number, it doesn’t mean we have more people coming to the beach.  Touche.

However, more money, DOES mean more growth, because greater revenue fuels expansion opportunities elsewhere.  And it also means that if more money is coming in with fewer people, then the pricing is going up, which then leads to an assumption that we are catering to a higher-end clientele.  But I digress.

Lets take a look at the data

Below is a breakdown of the raw data over the last few years.  We’ve requested historical data back to 1997 but haven’t gotten it just yet.  We should note that the amount of bed tax collected was 3% up until February 2009, 4% for March 2009, then beginning in April 2009 the rate was increased to 5%.

Here is the bed tax revenue – raw numbers.

Year 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011
October $234,657.08 $275,648.45 $294,466.36 $449,813.31 $521,278.79
November $152,119.34 $156,803.11 $129,672.93 $283,593.62 $284,476.90
December $135,088.52 $134,216.04 $135,185.94 $227,630.37 $247,747.78
January $176,654.76 $188,324.00 $195,818.39 $318,457.80 $306,667.93
February $244,156.99 $266,703.23 $320,373.55 $442,790.64 $483,178.62
March $699,028.94 $813,079.54 $1,026,521.85 $1,539,121.49 $1,482,498.95
April $563,079.34 $476,718.39 $909,851.39 $992,335.01 $1,216,652.89
May $629,292.94 $556,798.62 $998,779.40 $1,075,882.69 $1,127,340.30
June $1,119,167.86 $1,223,299.60 $1,946,434.54 $1,884,269.21 $2,283,706.72
July $1,389,711.37 $1,345,540.63 $2,302,863.86 $1,967,020.33 $2,966,961.49
August $532,047.94 $554,578.90 $947,596.17 $807,936.59 $1,086,541.59
September $397,000.56 $467,386.73 $795,698.44 $795,301.87 $928,161.56

And the best way we could compare year over year, same month numbers was to break down the whole number by each percentage point collected.  So, for the 2006/2007 through the period in which the rate was increased, we divided the total number by 3.  Then we did the same, for the respective points for February and March 2009, then the remaining periods through the 2010/2011 reporting period.

Here is what we got.

Year 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011
October $78,219.03 $91,882.82 $98,155.45 $89,962.66 $104,255.76
November $50,706.45 $52,267.70 $43,224.31 $56,718.72 $56,895.38
December $45,029.51 $44,738.68 $45,061.98 $45,526.07 $49,549.56
January $58,884.92 $62,774.67 $65,272.80 $63,691.56 $61,333.59
February $81,385.66 $88,901.08 $106,791.18 $88,558.13 $96,635.72
March $233,009.65 $271,026.51 $256,630.46 $307,824.30 $296,499.79
April $187,693.11 $158,906.13 $181,970.28 $198,467.00 $243,330.58
May $209,764.31 $185,599.54 $199,755.88 $215,176.54 $225,468.06
June $373,055.95 $407,766.53 $389,286.91 $376,853.84 $456,741.34
July $463,237.12 $448,513.54 $460,572.77 $393,404.07 $593,392.30
August $177,349.31 $184,859.63 $189,519.23 $161,587.32 $217,308.32
September $132,333.52 $155,795.58 $159,139.69 $159,060.37 $185,632.31

Then, we took those numbers and broke down the percentage increases year over year, comparing same month periods.

Year 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 Average
October 17.5% 6.8% -8.3% 15.9% 8.0%
November 3.1% -17.3% 31.2% 0.3% 4.3%
December -0.6% 0.7% 1.0% 8.8% 2.5%
January 6.6% 4.0% -2.4% -3.7% 1.1%
February 9.2% 20.1% -17.1% 9.1% 5.4%
March 16.3% -5.3% 19.9% -3.7% 6.8%
April -15.3% 14.5% 9.1% 22.6% 7.7%
May -11.5% 7.6% 7.7% 4.8% 2.2%
June 9.3% -4.5% -3.2% 21.2% 5.7%
July -3.2% 2.7% -14.6% 50.8% 8.9%
August 4.2% 2.5% -14.7% 34.5% 6.6%
September 17.7% 2.1% 0.0% 16.7% 9.1%

I think it’s fascinating to look at these numbers because you can actually watch the real estate market tumbling in the 2007/2008 period, and begin to see slight growth the following years.  Of course, with the exception of the 2009/2010 reporting period, where we had the oil spill, the growth was in the negative direction.

My prediction

I know, this is what you’ve been waiting for.  You’ve been wanting me to pull out my crystal ball and tell you what our growth will be like this upcoming summer.  Here goes!

There are a bunch of ways to do this.  For example, one can look at the average percentage increases in the last column in the last data set up above and average that out to a total 5.7% increase.  This approach would tell us that based on the historical averages over the last 5 reporting periods that we should see said percentage growth this year.

But I think we’re going to do better than that.  

I think we should use the 2008/2009 reporting period as the baseline.  That was the second year Pier Park was open, the year before the new airport came online and frankly the first year we would have begun seeing an explosive growth pattern (in my opinion) had we not had the oil spill in the gulf.

Looking at the periods from 2008/2009 and on, and averaging the monthly bed tax revenue collected during the months of May through August, we get the following numbers for average monthly bed tax revenue collected.

  • 2008/2009 — — $1,548,918.49
  • 2009/2010 — — $1,433,777.21 — — 7.4% down from 2008/2009
  • 2010/2011 — — $1,866,137.53 — — 30.2% up from 2009/2010 and 20.5% up from 2008/2009

So, now if we scratch out the 2009/2010 reporting period, and pretend it didn’t exist, then divide the percentage increase the 2009/2010 reporting period had over the 2008/2009 period (20.5%) by 2, we’d have a healthy 10.25% annual growth average.

Using this projection, our bed tax collections for the May-August 2011/2012 reporting period should average at $2,057,416.62 per month.

What does this mean?

Projecting an average 10% increase in bed tax revenue for our summer season doesn’t mean that everyone should expect to see a 10% increase in occupancy over last year, nor does it mean that we all should see a 10% increase in rental rates charged.  Some of my properties, we increased our prices by more than that, and bookings are fine.  And bookings seem to be coming in faster this year than last year as well.

But, a projected 10% increase this year is just a projection, and the way it will affect the tourism industry market-wide will vary as great as their are specks of sand on our beach.

But this is my prediction, and I’m sticking to it!

Tuesday Breakfast at Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Cafe

 This is the first in a series of articles in which we explore 7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About.

This was the first place I was able to go to, and I was happy to find that I actually knew the owners! Renee Schaarschmidt, who used to operate a wonderful and successful cake decorating business in conjunction with her cafe on the West end of the beach, had been the one to make my Sweet 16 birthday cake! In addition, I had grown up going to school with her daughter Kerstin (another baker extraordinaire). This is exactly what these articles are all about! It’s personally knowing the people and becoming friends with other locals, purely over the fact that both parties love great food.

So, anyway, all you need to know about a visit to Fatty Patty’s is below.

All The Basics

Who to go to?                        Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Cafe

What they serve?                   Breakfast and Lunch

Where to be?                         948 Thomas Drive, right across from the Navy Base (NSA PC)

When to go?                          Monday — Saturday, 6 AM — 2 PM

How to reach them?               (850) 236-9276 or (850) 236-9277

How much to pay?                 Just under $10 per entree

The Food

I was a bit surprised, upon viewing their menu, at everything they had to offer!  For breakfast they have a variety of different breakfast plates, sandwiches, and burritos, as well as several eggs benedicts, french toasts, pancakes, waffles, and omelets. When it comes lunch time, they can serve you up a burger, muffaletta, crab cake basket, or one of their numerous salads, deli-style sandwiches, or other kinds of awesome sandwiches. LOTS of choices.

If that wasn’t already enough to choose from, Fatty Patty’s has an ever-changing list of weekly specials, both for breakfast AND lunch. I’ll let you know what the remainder of the week has to offer farther down yonder in today’s post.

So pretty much, they can serve you whatever your heart desires!

The most popular plates ordered (other than the daily specials), per owner Renee, are the breakfast burrito, the cafe breakfast, and the classic eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce. Sounds good, right?

On top of that, there are so many desserts made fresh every day to spoil your sweet tooth! Mmm!

The People

You can tell from the moment you walk in the place that this crew is like family to each other. It’s great to sit and watch how they interact with one another, and how they seem to work so well as a team. I ADORE that! Having been on the other side of the counter in the past, I’ve learned that there is not any other way whatsoever to be successful in food service if it is not a team effort. The key: you have to actually like the people you work with. These people really care about each other and the artful creations they produce. Hence, awesome food.

I know the military members must LOVE having Fatty Patty’s just across the street from them!

The owner, now a good friend of mine, says her traffic has more than doubled (maybe even tripled), since her move from West End PCB Parkway (AKA Back Beach Road or Hwy 98). Unfortunately, she now only decorates cakes for close friends and family since it has proved to be too much to handle on top of her current shop. But never fear, there are PLENTY of pastries to go around! The love for baking has not at all disappeared from this eatery. Yay for yummies!

 The Environment

The greatness of Fatty Patty’s doesn’t stop with the people or food. The shop is decorated in a beachy motif, to create a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. There are all of these adorable brightly colored lizards, flowers, and pictures scattered around the place, which give a nice little touch of brightness to the walls. Overall, quite cute.

I love their little quote on the front of their menus as well, reading “For the little Fatty Patty in all of us”. Gives a nice little touch, for sure.

My Take

I hereby give my stamp of approval.

I tried the Muffaletta when I made my visit. I am somewhat of a muffaletta fanatic, and have been searching the globe (more like the Bay County limits) for the best one in existence. This one took me one bite to know that I was going to return in the future for my fix. It was pretty darn authentic compared to other’s along the beach, too.

One thing I learned about the Fatty Patty’s operation from Renee was that she gets as much of her ingredients fresh from local providers, right down to the coffee. In addition, everything is completely homemade. You can totally tell when eating their food, because there is nothing generic about the taste here. Freshness and quality have always been incredibly important to me, and they get an A+ in those categories!

Everyone was so very nice to me from the moment I set foot in Fatty Patty’s; and that was before they knew I was going to feature them on pcbdaily.com! The first impression given from a restaurant will fuel the whole rest of the visit (or lack of). They quickly greeted me with a hearty “Good morning!” as I came in, and then let me know I could sit anywhere I wanted. I took a seat, and a second later, there was someone offering me a menu and asking if there was anything they could get for me right away. Wonderful service continued to be given, and didn’t slow at any point. Personalized, and friendly to every guest!

Overall, I quite enjoyed my visit to Fatty Patty’s Cakes and Cafe, and will be sure to return during my weekday lunch breaks!

Quick Pics!
Bonus: The daily specials for the rest of this week

Wednesday: For breakfast, 2 eggs your way, a grilled muffin, and home fries. For lunch, hamburger steak and gravy with mashed potatoes, greens, and cornbread.

Thursday: For breakfast, a half order of French toast, and your choice of bacon or sausage. For lunch, chicken casserole, pasta, green salad, and garlic bread.

Friday: For breakfast, a sausage or ham & egg biscuit, and your choice of home fries or cheese grits. For lunch, beef tips, rice, black eyed peas, and a cheddar biscuit.

Links to the Other Articles

Introductory Article: 7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About

Wednesday Dinner: J.Michael’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Have you seen the water? It’s simply amazing.

The last couple days, the water has been crystal clear and emerald green.  And of course, complimented with deep blue skies and 80 degree weather, it’s been perfect for going to the beach!

Our friends over at PCBLP (me, hehe) shot this video earlier today on their iPhone in front of one of their west end vacation rentals.

Isn’t the water just amazing?

Seriously, it’s days like today that remind us why we live here, and why many of you come here year after year.

2011 Seabreeze Jazz Fest Stats

Year over year, since the Jazz Fest has come to Panama City Beach, the event has grown and drawn a sophisticated audience to the beach.  Many of the attendees upon their first event, had never been here before.  And many have a pattern of returning every year and at other times of year as well.

We recently had a discussion with Mark and Renee Carter, the event promoters, about the growth and success of the event.

Stats
  • Festival attendance topped 25,000 (includes dinner cruise, Meet- and Greet, Kick off concert, and all shows at Pier Park)
  • Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine
  • Named “Top 100 Event by the North American Tour Bus Association”
  • Demographic is 30-54 years old affluent adults, college-educated, professionals earning $100,000+ annually. Many attendees earn in excess of $250,000+.
  • 65% of tickets sold were outside the State of FL.
  • Most stay on an average of 4 nights.
  • Resorts such as Sterling and Resort Quest have tracked jazz festival attendees returning multiple times per year on vacation after the jazz festival is done.
  • The 2011 event created a $14.2 million impact to Panama City Beach and Bay County according to the HAAS Center at the University of West Florida Small Business Developmental Center.
  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival was #1 ticketed paid event in Bay County for 2011 in gross receipts and top gross receipts for a single event (Pollstar.com) with close to $1 million in ticket sales.
  • In 2011 — tickets were sold in 48 of the 50 states in the USA and 6 different countries.
  • Over 1 million hits to the festival website April 2011.
  • Music Scholarships, jazz band clinics, and instrument purchases were incorporated into the 2011 event with participating from Arnold High School in PCB and South Walton High School in Santa Rosa Beach.
  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival always offers free admissions to all local band students who wear their band shirt to the front gates.
  • WSBZ-FM 106.3 in Destin, FL is one of only 12 full-time smooth jazz radio stations in the USA.
Two ways to get free tickets

You want to know something awesome?  We’ve worked out a special deal to do a ticket giveaway and offer some free tickets to those that book their stay through us as well.

We’re going to do a ticket giveaway later this week, where we’ll give away 2 four-day passes to one lucky winner!  This is a $400 value!

Keep your eyes peeled!

New Series: 7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About

Who’s That Girl?

Ok, first of all, let me introduce myself…because you don’t know me yet.

My name is Marie Rivera, and I am the newest writer for pcbdaily.com! Panama City Beach has been my home for a grand total of 14 years, and I’ve loved every second of it! I am quite passionate about the people, places, and events in the area, and jumped on the chance to contribute my discoveries and thoughts on happenings around Panama City Beach!
My First Undertaking

My original idea for my first article started out as just that; one article. The more I delved into it though, the more my mind began spilling over with things I wanted to say and information I wanted to include. That’s when I decided that I would overload you with everything I have in mind for my entire first week with Pcbdaily.

So, with that said, I am going to write a series of articles with the goal of putting the word out for local-favorite restaurants in the area, as suggested and voted on by over 650 random PCB natives. When I say random, I mean that I went all around the area asking PCB residents at Pier Park, Gulf Coast, the beach, the navy base, etc. about their favorite  local hot-spots away from the mobs of beach invaders.

I began just asking for suggestions to put together a list, and was given about 45 places, which was a lot more than I anticipated from the first 75 or so people. I was pretty sure I’d hear names of local restaurants that I was familiar with, but more often I heard things that have never went through my ears before. This definitely intrigued me, and convinced me that I was getting myself into a lot more than I thought. But then again, this is the whole point of the articles, right?

It was definitely crazy trying to get the list down to where I needed it, but I just ended up narrowing the voting list down by only using restaurants that were suggested 10 or more times. That made it so much easier! I noticed too that the locals tended to choose places that were close to where they lived as their favorites, which is probably why I still hadn’t heard about some of the restaurants that were voted for. Although I obviously wasn’t incredibly familiar with the hot spots chosen, that’s exactly what made this so enjoyable! I was able to taste new flavors and experience new environments that seem to fuel the love for life on the beach! So incredible!

I am entitling the series “7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About”. Why 7? Because it’s my lucky number. No, in all reality, I chose 7 so I could feature 1 local hot spot each article that I had been to over the course of a week. I’ll probably get an article out every couple of days. Then, as a bonus, I am going to write an eighth article for a restaurant that really should get more traffic; not only in my opinion, but in many others’ in the area.

Sound good? Just keep your eyes peeled for my details of good eatin’ all around the beautiful Panama City Beach! 🙂

Links to the Articles

Ready to do your homework on the must-eat-at local restaurants? Click on the links to the articles to see what’s in store for you!

Tuesday Breakfast: Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Cafe

Wednesday Dinner:J.Michael’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

A total list of Pier Park Restaurants

Updated 3/22/12

Pier Park has, in just 4 years, become one of the most iconic landmarks to grace the shores of Northwest Florida.  Literally hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions) visit this destination annually and Pier Park’s popularity is evidenced by the crowded sidewalks, shops and restaurants all year long.  The variety of creative gathering spaces, alcoves and fun places to shop, paired with beachy architecture make Pier Park, well fun!

This is an old post (literally 4 years to the day), but we’re republishing it because we’re updating it.  Since this was originally published in March of 2008, new places have been added and some places just didn’t make it.

Restaurants

Order at the counter

Order via wait staff

Places with food
  • Candymaker Candy Stores
  • Great American Cookie Co.
  • Kilwin’s Chocolate
  • Marble Slab Creamery
  • Popcorn Kingdom
  • Smoothie King
  • Starbucks