This week’s TDC meeting ended unclear of the future of the Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival. The event last year was more successful than it had ever been, but it also had $210,000 worth of funding. There is only a prospective $60,000 on the table this year, and that’s not even certain. With nobody having stepped up to the plate to take over running the event and limited funds, at this point, the future of the Seafood Festival is totally unknown.
At Tuesday’s TDC meeting, the big guns of Thunder Beach approached the board asking to move their Autumn Rally to Columbus Day Weekend.
Currently, the rally is held on the first weekend in October. Reason for wanting to change the date were stated as follows:
- Ability to confirm more Vendors presence
- More Vendors = more attendants
- More Attendants = boost in Panama City Beach’s economy
If you’re looking for a conundrum, try figuring out how many people are in a large audience. Thunder Beach’s numbers change all the time. This past summer I was told by their General Manager that they have 80,000 bikes here over the weekend and have heard ranges in years past from 30,000 to 60,000. How do they know how many people are here? They make the numbers up, based on their best-guess estimates – it’s not real scientific.