Weekend Events – plus!

Looking for Panama City Beach events?  Bookmark our Events section!

Pretty days and nights are here on Panama City Beach!

The water is clear and blue, but the air is still a bit chilly. So, if you’re still opting to stay indoors, there’s an array of neat-o activities waiting for you right here. That’s why it’s “Events PLUS!”

Living history on the bay, Michael Bolton, we’ve got it all!

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Take 3 Question Survey = $1,000 in Giveaways!!

That’s right, you read correctly, all you have to do is answer three questions (multiple choice – no wrong answers) and you have a chance to win $1,000 worth of stuff.  We are putting something big together, and we need you to tell us your favorite seafood place, burger and sandwich place and your favorite resort or condo. The survey won’t take you more than 4 minutes.

For taking the time to answer these quick questions, you’ll have a chance to win:

  • A 2 night, 2 bedroom FREE vacation at Laketown Wharf in Panama City Beach.
  • 2 seats in Mike’s cooking class at Liza’s Kitchen (gourmet food, paired with perfect wine, so delish)
  • 4 tickets to the PCB Seafood Wine and Music Fest (Lynyrd Skynyrd is playing!!!)
  • Another set of 4 tickets to the PCB Seafood Wine and Music Fest

So, what are we up to, you ask?  I can’t tell you, it’s top secret.  But, you’re gonna love it.  You can tell we are all about knowing what you think is best in Panama City Beach with these ultra sweet prizes we’re putting up for you to win for taking the survey.

There are a total of three survey questions, each one has all the options we could find for that category, listed in alphabetical order.  If you have trouble picking just one, in each category, you can pick up to three of your favs.  If some how we missed your favorite, just list it in the “other” field.

Here is how it’s going to all work.

  1. You take the survey – click here to take now.
  2. The survey ends on October 7th at noon cst.
  3. We’ll pick the winners of the prizes – there are 4 winners total
  4. The winners will be notified by end of business on October 7th.
  5. The winners will be able to pick up the Seafood Festival tickets on Friday October 8th
  6. The winners of the other prizes can pick them up at the PCBDaily offices, or we can mail them to you.

Here is some general information about the prizes.

  • Laketown Wharf – Facebook page, website, blog.
  • Liza’s Kitchen – website, Facebook page, cooking class info
    • I’ve personally attended this cooking class twice, both times it’s been nothing short of amazing.
  • Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival – websiteLynyrd Skynrd was just announced to be playing, along with REO Speedwagon and Little River Band.  This year’s lineup is the best it has ever been.

Rules:

  • 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.
  • Contest begins when this post is published and ends on Thursday October 7th, 2010 at 12 noon CST.  We’ll choose the winners later that day.
  • There will be 4 winners total.
  • By entering you are opting in to receive future newsletters and emails from PCBDaily and CYber SYtes 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 within 7 calendar days of the close of the contest, then we reserve the right to award the prize to another entrant.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental United States.  If you win, you will be solely responsible for making arrangements with CYber SYtes to redeem your prize.  Or depending on the prize, we may be willing to mail your prize to you, so long as you say please, nicely.
  • Read full rules here.

Votes Are In – PCB's Best Sandwich

After all the votes were counted, one sandwich stood above all others as Panama City Beach’s number #1 sandwich. By your vote, the resounding winner isLiza’s Kitchen’s Hippy Chick, a filling, delicious panini-baked treat that if you haven’t tried yet, you’re behind the times, my friend. Here’s the low down on this tasty dish.

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Is Pier Park Killing Thomas Drive?

The answer to the aforementioned question is no, Pier Park is not killing Thomas drive, at least not in a definitive way like maybe how Rock-n-Roll killed Disco. But if you take a drive down Thomas drive and absorb the lack of traffic and innumerable “for lease” signs dressing business windows, you’ll know instantly that, although Pier Park isn’t killing the area, its influence is eye-opening.

It should be noted that the overall effect is difficult to quantify because Thomas Drive is a street, not a destination like Pier Park, so the draw is somewhat unrelated. Thomas Drive also has two identities sundered just past Grand Lagoon Bridge at the perpendicular intersection where Thomas goes East/West. At that point, a business driven, Navy Base inspired four-lane highway transforms into a quiet, scenic gulf front strip; two completely different socioeconomic streets. Pier Park’s continuing popularity has affected them differently.

Since Pier Park’s unveiling, North Thomas Drive, running from bridge to bridge, has seen a surge in development. Restaurants like Hooter’s, Sake House II and, locally acclaimed, Donut Island have been opened and flourished off Navy Base business. After speaking briefly with Debbie Johnson, one of the Donut Island’s owners, she said with confidence, “We’re doing great and growing.” Further down, staple restaurants like Captain Anderson’s and Treasure Ship have done well and so has the general area, evidenced by the opening of a small business like Sweet Racks and the groundbreaking of a franchise like Jasmine Thai restaurant. North Thomas has seen developments all over the place since Pier Park opened.

The other Thomas Drive has seen exactly the opposite; no new developments and lots, LOTS, of businesses closing down. The question remains, is Pier Park the culprit?

Kat Meeks, owner of Liza’s Kitchen, one of the businesses on that picturesque strip of Thomas Drive that has been able to thrive, quite well in fact, despite Pier Park’s success, had an interesting take on the matter. “I don’t think Pier Park is killing Thomas Drive as much as it’s just changing it. Yes, more people are staying on the west end, but that’s okay. Thomas Drive, I think, is just becoming the local’s end of the beach.”

Her take was that Pier Park’s greatest effect on Thomas Drive is accelerating its natural evolution, one that will weed out businesses that don’t fit the mold. “Panama City Beach has its own subculture, y’know?” She said. “While locals go to Pier Park as the one-stop-shop, here on Thomas Drive you have condo owners, families and locals that support businesses. Locals need some place to go too and Thomas Drive is becoming that place. It’s the local’s place and is locally driven.”

And a local haven may very well be Thomas Drive’s inevitable progressive destination. When locals, repeat tourists, eco-tourists and snowbirds want to get away from the generic areas, there is but one place for them to land and that’s Thomas Drive. One possible key to making this work is for businesses to embrace that role; to fashion themselves to cater to the locals, some tourists and flourish during the off-season. The question is how to do that.

“We’ve been able to do more creative things and think outside the box.” Kat Meeks answered when asked how other businesses can compete. “You can’t just wait for people to come to your door. We have a lot of locals in this area that are looking for some place to go. We do everything we can to make sure they know we’re here.”

Strangely, what may affect Thomas Drive more than Pier Park could be the Grand Lagoon Bridge construction. “I’m nervous about it.” Kat said. “It has two sides. Once it’d done its going to be great, but the construction phase will be tough.”

It remains to be seen how quickly Thomas Drive will get over the Pier Park effect. One thing is for sure, it will be up to the locals and businesses to reaquaint themselves if Thomas Drive is ever to return to it’s beloved status.