Wineries and restaurants both local and from all over the country could be found Friday night at Taste The Beach in Pier Park. It began at 5:30 p.m. with wine enthusiasts starting out at the front of the 3 tents. Each tent had at least 20 different wines that could be enjoyed and multiple food stations where places like Bone Fish Grill was serving Ahi Tuna and Dee’s Hang Out was serving Jambalaya.
The crowd was standing or sitting in their chairs and blankets, cuddled up into each other’s arms Friday night at Pier Park. All waiting and trying to see the stage where Clint Black would perform. The lights went down and at the sound of a guitar the audience jumped up with enthusiastic screams. Clint Black, with his signature black cowboy hat, brought some heat into the cold night air.
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.
Paul Casto, Panama City Beach’s Public Works Director, has been the public works director for 27 years and is one of Panama City Beach’s most beloved community leaders. One of Paul’s most rewarding achievements was the push for and development of the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center at Frank Brown Park. He believed children needed a place to learn to swim and a place to swim away from the dangers of the beach. He has been a Panama City Beach resident most of his life and believes Panama City Beach is moving in the right direction.
Paul Casto on Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport:
“I believe it will be a huge economic boost. I see more international travelers coming to our area as well as industrial growth which will mean more better-paying jobs for our residents. The locals obviously will benefit from the cheaper flights. I also believe one of the places that will benefit the most is the convention and sports market. More people will be able to come to Panama City Beach cheaper and safer than ever before.”
Paul Casto on Panama City Beach Development: Continue reading “Optimism on PCB: Paul Casto “The Beach Has Changed A lot””
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””
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””