Executive Director Dan Rowe headed up plans on how to spend the roughly $5 million worth of excess bed tax collections and cash carried forward from 2012.
A series of projects will reinvest money into panama City Beach, including the new amphitheater at Aaron Bessant Park, Fall marketing campaigns, and funding for marketing Panama City Beach in Southwest Airlines markets.
The Aaron Bessant Amphitheater project in Panama City Beach is finally complete. Panama City Beach is now ready to bring entertainment to the masses. The $2.6 million project was made possible through BP funds through the Tourist Development Council. A list of concerts is expected to be announced soon.
Filming began on a major feature film, “East Side Story,” to be shot entirely on location in Panama City Beach. Recent weeks saw massive auditions for local dancers and actors to participate in the movie, while crew have scouted shooting locations at area hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
The film features 11 performers who were past winners and runners-up on the American and Canadian versions of the TV competition, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Zooworld purchased Elliot in November from a zoo in Virginia for $25,000. Elliot replaced Sydney who died in July 2012.
Hundreds of winter arrived to enjoy free coffee and doughnuts. While they were there, the snowbirds also learned about the area and socialized with friends. There were dozens of booths from local businesses and nonprofits.
The 2013 Oyster Bash kicked off on Saturday January 26th at the Dive Lab. Money raised from the Oyster Bash is going to benefit the Sealab Restoration Project. The Man in the Sea Museum is home to Sealab which was built right here in Bay County back in 1964.
If you’ve heard of the songs “The Swamp Hitch” (which sold 500,000 copies), “Cow Patti,” and “Spiders and Snakes,” a song that went gold and peaked at number three on the pop charts in 1974, then you know who Jim Stafford is.
Stafford performed with his 2 children at Helen Blackburn Fine Arts Center at Arnold High School.