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If you’ve been reading PCBDaily for a while, you probably remember a couple years ago when I sold PCBDaily to CYber SYtes. You see, I had some grand plan that involved climbing the corporate ladder, at some point returning to school to get my graduate degree and just following where life took me. Well, as life goes, the direction changed sporadically and somewhat unpredictably along the way.
Instead of climbing the corporate ladder, I accepted a position with CYber SYtes (who bought PCBDaily from me), and instead of going to graduate school, I decided to teach others how to do social media. And of course, in the spirit of a true entrepreneur, working for someone else really began to wear on me. So my wife and I started PCBLP.com, a vacation rental business, to build a more solid future for our kids.
So, that brings us to today.
After a year of explosive growth with PCBLP.com and almost exactly 2 years to the day, PCBDaily.com is back in the arms of it’s creator. A part of me always resented the fact that that I sold it. I know many of our readers certainly missed me. But the last two years was necessary for me to be where I am and necessary for where the future of PCBDaily will be.
PCBDaily has always been the go to place for news and information specific to Panama City Beach and we want it to stay that way. You’ve always been able to rely on us to find out what’s going on and keep tabs with the local current events. We’re back, and we’re making plans for it to be even better!
But, I’m not alone.
I founded PCBDaily.com in 2006. I ran it alone for three years but decided to instigate some growth in 2009 when I brought on board two very important assets. With these assets, PCBDaily could have never instilled the value it now has today. Each of them have been missing a part of their heart as the ownership of PCBDaily was held by CYber SYtes.
This second time around I have two partners in making the PCBDaily magic. These two partners have always had as much passion for PCBDaily as I’ve had and offered not a moment’s hesitation when the opportunity of partnership came up.
You probably know her. Everyone knows her. She’s the broker/owner of Beachy Beach Real Estate and her kind, fun-loving spirit, so generous she’ll literally give you everything she has and be thankful for the opportunity to do so is literally unforgettable. She’s always had a passion for PCBDaily and she was one of our first paid advertisers.
She stuck with us from thick to thin and even stayed with it for the duration it was out of my hands. She wrote for it when she could and she co-founded TheBeachShow with me in 2009. She’s a real estate extraordinaire and has the awards to prove it. And she’s so humble she’ll probably ask me to pull these glowing remarks down to subdue her blushing.
Now, she’s a partner in PCBDaily – part owner, equal contributor and 100% awesome. You can expect regular episodes of TheBeachShow to come back and hear from her smiling face often about what’s happening in the real estate market.
When I first hired Cebo to write for PCBDaily.com years ago, he was relatively new to the business community here, new to web development, but certainly not new to writing. Having already been a published author, he certainly has taught me a thing or two. He was, humorously, regularly dubbed my sidekick, of which a label did no justice for who/what he really was to me and PCBDaily.
Having grown to be not only my best friend (yes, Cebo, other than my wife, you are my BFF), he’s taught me about life, writing and work ethic. While at first I was “mentoring” him on how to market, he’s far surpassed my skills and become a very high-paid talent to countless others around the country. His skills are shown all over the place, and you’ll continue to see them as the future wears on.
His heart was always in PCBDaily and his passion was obvious in everything he wrote. It really only made sense that he too was a partner in the new PCBDaily. He’ll be writing about tourism, technology and current events.
What’s coming up.
PCBDaily has always been your source of news and information relating to real estate, growth and tourism in Panama City Beach, and it will continue to be so. But, with that, we’re taking the reason for our being to a different level. In years past, this was ran as a business – trying to generate revenue from ad sales. Moving forward, there will be no drive to make money directly from ad sales. In fact, we’re going to remove many of the ad spots, and won’t be taking any paid ads at all.
We want to provide quality information about the area and we hope that you’ll support us through our other businesses.
There will still be some ads. Choice, non-competing businesses that want to trade some of their products or services will get in exchange the opportunity to advertise along with feature articles and Newsletter promotion. But this will be kept at a minimum.
Plus, the newsletter will be redesigned and begin going back out weekly – I know a lot of you have asked for this.
We’d like to go back to having regular giveaways and contests and continue with community involvement.
We’re super stoked to have the team back together and to have PCBDaily in its rightful hands. Tell us in the comments below what you’d like to see us do, moving forward!
Girls to the Rescue, a group of local ladies who want to support recovery, have put together a Bunco tournament for this Sunday at the Boatyard Restaurant.
All proceeds raised by this event will go towards Bridging The Gap Recovery treatment center.
Bridging The Gap is a new Drug and Alcohol treatment facility in Panama City Beach.
In a world that usually glamorizes the eccentric escapades of celebrity dependency (think Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan, Melanie Griffith and countless more) the reality of addiction is that it can happen to anyone. The rich and famous, the head-honcho of a major corporation, or the little old lady living next door.
Some addictions creep in quietly, while others bowl you over from the first moment the drug or alcohol hits your system. Regardless of how or when addiction hits, the end result is always the same. You feel alone, scared and unable to pull yourself out of the darkness.
Thankfully, there are places like Bridging The Gap Recovery (BTG) center that provide an environment capable of assisting those with dependency issues, on their road to recovery.
BTG is located in Panama City Beach, and is the first center in Bay County to focus entirely on treating Drug and Alcohol dependency. The combination treatment blends therapy, 12-step programs and counseling, as well as working to establish the life coping skills necessary for long-term recovery.
The Rehab has been receiving a warm welcome by the community, and support of the new treatment center has been extensive. Leading the way, is a local group of women dubbed Girls To The Rescue. The group is a strong advocate of recovery, and are showing their support by organizing a Bunco tournament for this Sunday (March 13) at the Boatyard Restaurant.
All funds raised by the event, will go towards scholarships for those in need of treatment but unable to afford it. As of this moment, there are over 70 tickets sold and numerous local businesses are showing their support by way of table sponsorships, donations and gifts. The event starts around 4pm, with Game Play at 5pm.
Advance tickets available at Sharp Carpet Lighting, etc. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door and for non-players, tickets run about $10.
Congressman Southerland to present at “First Friday”
Friday, February 4: The Bay County Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s monthly morning meeting “First Friday” at the Florida State University Panama City Campus Holley Academic Center at 7:30am.
This coming weekend, Bay County is offering up everything from a literary festival featuring Carl Hiaasen, a fundraising Golf tournament, a Beatles cover band and a theatrical foray into the mystical town of Tuna, Texas.
Welcome to our Secrets of Panama City Beach series, showing you things about the beach, you’ve never dreamed of.
January is in the process of packing up it’s toys and that sneaky spring break season is peeking around the corner.
It’s still a bit chilly, but with a collective yawn, the whole town seems to be stirring from it’s sleepy winter mode and we are HUNGRY.
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BIG NEWS! As of Wednesday, we’re the only state in the union with OUT snow on the ground! Nice, no ice! Clear skies, a little chill, but you can see every star in the sky, and in the daytime, so many birds on the shoreline. What a great time to be on Panama City Beach!