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PINNACLE PORT OPEN – May 30 – June 4 now available

UPDATE:May 30-June 4 now open due to cancellation. Pinnacle Port is now open! The beach is open with guidelines of social distancing and no groups over 10 people. The pools at Pinnacle Port are now open from 8 AM to 8 PM also with social distancing and periodic cleanings. Guests are being asked to bring masks and use them on elevators or inside common areas in order to protect the vulnerable owners and guests on property.

Restaurants are now open with 50% capacity plus outdoor seating. Stores at Pier Park are also open with 50% capacity limits. Grocery stores have been open with capacity limits as well as Walmart and Target. As things improve, limits will be further decreased.

Small businesses and the tourism industry in Florida has suffered great losses due to COVID-19 and will need your support this year; particularly since many have not completely recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Come on down; support the local businesses and enjoy the beach while practicing social distancing and the CDC guidelines. Hope to see you there!!!

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February 5 is #BookDirect Day! Below is a great example of the savings guests can receive when they book direct with owners. We have some dates left in February, March, April and a few throughout the summer months; and we support the movement. See our calendar, photos of condo and property at www.pinnacleport.net or www.ECBYO/3404

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Carillon Beach – Groovin on the Green free concerts

Our Neighbors at Carillon Beach invite our owners and guests to enjoy their free Groovin on the Green summer concerts. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free concerts.

May 24 (Sunday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

This popular concert series takes place Memorial Day through Labor Day, and is the highlight of each week as new and popular bands take to the stage. We kicked it up a notch last year with a new stage, lighting, and improved positioning and will continue this year in the same direction with awesome entertainers! Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! Note that Memorial Day and Labor Day are the only Sunday Night concerts, as all others in between are on Monday nights. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

JUNE

June 1 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

June 8 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

June 15 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

June 22 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

June 24 (Wednesday): Movies on the Green

This movie series takes place on four Wednesdays during the summer. Movies will be announced at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, and your blankets to our Village Green. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Movies begin at dusk.

June 29 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

JULY

July 2 (Thursday): Carillon Beach Association Annual Homeowners BBQ

This social event is sponsored by the Association for homeowners and their guests only. The event takes place at Bellview Park. Time will be announced at a later date.

July 3 (Friday): 4th of July Parade

A community favorite, bikes and golf carts are decorated in Red, White, and Blue to celebrate Independence Day and traverse through our village streets with cheers from onlookers. The parade begins at the East Lake Pool and ends at our Village Green for awards, popsicles, and watermelon. This social event is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Start time will be announced at a later date.

July 6 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

July 8 (Wednesday): Movies on the Green

This movie series takes place on four Wednesdays during the summer. Movies will be announced at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, and your blankets to our Village Green. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Movies begin at dusk.

July 13 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

July 15 (Wednesday): Movies on the Green

This movie series takes place on four Wednesdays during the summer. Movies will be announced at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, and your blankets to our Village Green. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Movies begin at dusk.

July 20 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

July 22 (Wednesday): Movies on the Green

This movie series takes place on four Wednesdays during the summer. Movies will be announced at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, and your blankets to our Village Green. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Movies begin at dusk.

July 27 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

AUGUST

August 3 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

August 10 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

August 17 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

August 24 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

August 31 (Monday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and be prepared for the best Monday nights around! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

SEPTEMBER

September 6 (Sunday): Groovin’ on the Green Concert

Band/Performer TBA at a later date. This is the last concert of our popular series for 2020. Bring your family and friends, your chairs, your blankets, and your favorite nourishment – set up on our Village Green, and get ready to Groove! This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public. Concerts are 7 – 9 pm.

We thank our premier sponsor for this event, Coastal Cars and Carts – the 2nd year in a row!

NOVEMBER

November 27 (Friday): Christmas Tree Lighting

Make your plans now to join us for a favorite annual event as we countdown the lighting of our tree! The day begins with decorating the Carillon Beach Meeting House tree and decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus. The day includes a pet parade and ends with a special Christmas Concert on our Village Green. Details with specific times will be announced at a later date. This event series is sponsored by the Institute and is open to the public.

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Big Bad Breakfast – Inlet Beach, FL – New to the Panama City Beach area


When visiting Pinnacle Port or Panama City Beach, you gotta try Big Bad Breakfast. You will love it; the food is excellent and large portions.

You have the option of dining inside or dining outside by the pool at The Point in Inlet Beach. It is located on 30A across from Shades Restaurant. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch.

If you are looking for a dining experience, you will not feel slighted. The property is beautiful and the food is excellent. If you choose to dine inside, be sure to check out the outside dining area.

Check out their menu at:

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Bay Medical plans to hire 300 workers in Panama City, Florida in the next few months

Bay Medical Hospital (with the best cardiac familities and doctors between Pensacola and Tallahassee, Florida)is beginning to recover from Hurricane Michael. Based on the damage to the hospital, 630 employees were laid off. The Hospital is now planning to fill at least 300 positions in the near future as the hospital expands.

The Hospital has already reopened 75 beds, eight operating rooms and five cardiac catherization labs.

The biggest problem is that long-term housing is very scarce in the area due to the storm damage. Many homes were destroyed and the repairs are just now beginning to happen.

According to Heath Evans, president of Bay Medical, the plan is to hire 300 people as the hospital expands services and adds beds in the coming months. He indicated there are 60 positions they are currently recruiting for and operatins will increase to 144 beds which should be done well before the end of the year.

Written by Patrick McCreless and published by News Herald April 14, 2019.

Swampy Jack’s Wongo Adventures coming to Pier Park, Panama City Beach this summer

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – A new amusement park is in the works in Panama City Beach. It’s located where the latest Miracle Strip amusement park was, near Pier Park Powell Adams Road. It’s called Swampy Jack’s Wongo Adventures.

“I was the general contractor for them and they lasted a few years and we had the property and needed to decide something to do with it,” said developer Del Lee.

Lee decided to build his own amusement park, he said to fill a need for entertainment geared toward kids 10 and up.

“I think we needed a park that is identifiably local, and we are trying to theme heavily to do that,” said Lee.

The local theme is seen by the use of all local crews and even local artists like Steve Bulter who painted the blue hole bumper car room. The bumper cars, along with electric go carts, vertigo swing, wipe out and swamp ape will all be the first attractions to open this summer.

“You’ll put your money on your card and there will be a card swipe at each attraction,” explained Lee.

Next summer, the goal is to open mini golf, and within the next ten years Lee is looking to further expand and open an indoor entertainment building.

Mayor Mike Thomas said the park is the finishing touch on the city’s efforts to change their image to a family friendly destination.

“We don’t want to add the same thing over and over again. This is a unique park they’ve put together and they’ve spent a lot of money in there making sure it’s in great shape and looks good. I think people are going to be surprised when they go in there, and they flip the lights on,” said Thomas.

Lee said the park will create about 50 new jobs. An official opening date has yet to be released.

From WMBB News – 3/21/2019

#BookDirect. – Breakaway from Listing Sites and Save $$$ by Booking Direct with Owners – Romantic Beach Condo at Pinnacle Port supports #BookDirect

February 5 is #BookDirect Day! Below is a great example of the savings guests can receive when they book direct with owners. We have some dates left in February, March, April and a few throughout the summer months; and we support the movement. See our calendar, photos of condo and property at www.pinnacleport.net or www.ECBYO/3404

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The Best Vacation Rentals – FLARBO Awards 2018

FLARBO chose Romantic Beach Condo as the Best 55+ Condo rental – Panama City Beach, Florida for their 2018 Best Vacation Rentals Award 2018.

Pinnacle Port is on the far West end of Panama City Beach. Phillips Inlet/Camp Helen State Park is on the West side and Carillon Beach is on the East. The complex is in a gated community with Carillon Beach. There are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos directly on the beach with access to Phillips Inlet and Lake Powell. Fishing or boating along the Gulf or on Lake Powell is available. Bring your boat or jet skis. The amenities include basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, tennis, bocce ball, 2 grilling areas with grills and some picnic tables, and 2 pools (one outdoor and one partially covered and heated during the cooler season).

During the Snowbird season (mid October through mid March), Pinnacle Port hosts a large group of snowbirds. There is a activities director who arranges golf outings and tournaments. There are dart, shuffleboard, tennis and card tournaments. Billards, daily coffee, pot-luck dinners, luncheons, are commonplace. I feel sure I missed some of the activities that go on daily. A large majority of the snowbirds have been coming for many years. Most return every year to be with all the friends they have made during their visits.

In addition to being adult friendly, the property is family friendly with many young people who enjoy not only the playground area but the amenities above almost year round. There are quite a few family groups who rent several condos. They bring the entire family and enjoy picnics at the pavillion or on the pool deck. During the summer months, beach chair rentals are available on the beach. Waterside Cafe is also open with hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, drinks and more.

Downtown Carillon has restaurants with bars, shopping, and a chapel. During summer months, Grooving on the Green free concerts are available. Many of our guests enjoy just seeing the multi-million dollar cottages that line the streets of Carillon Beach.

Camp Helen State Park is a small uncrowded State park with great history of the area. The historians talk about before the masses came to Panama City Beach. There is also a bird sanctuary (part of which is located on the Pinnacle Port side of the Inlet). In a recent bird count, 4 Bald Eagles were sited at Camp Helen. There are activities for adults and children (concerts at the park in Winter and activities for children during the peak season).

During the summer months, there are weddings directly on the beach at Pinnacle Port with receptions held in the Sunset Room or at the picnic pavilion. In Florida, a Notary can perform wedding ceremonies which appeals to smaller wedding groups. There are also many pastors available.

The damage caused by Hurricane Michael at Pinnacle Port was minimal. Panama City Beach really needs the tourism trade to return in order to survive. If you have not been to Panama City Beach or Pinnacle Port in a while, this is the year to come. Enjoy the sun and sand, concerts, etc. Pier Park added a Skywheel in August which is a great way to enjoy the beach from a different view.

Come see for yourself why we think Pinnacle is the best condo complex in Panama City Beach. We hope to see you soon!

Best Vacation Rentals in Florida – Awards – 2018

STUDY SAYS GOING TO THE BEACH IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

Study says going to the beach is good for your mental and physical well-being
Published by Positive Outlooks on April 25, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you feel energized after going to the beach? Several studies from the United States and Britain found out that the beach improves happiness, well-being, and even the brain function of an individual.

This finding is supported by the research by Kobe University that residents in Japan who live in a house with a view of the ocean are calmer and more peaceful than those who live in the urban jungle. Similar findings are found by Health Place claiming that Brits who live by the coast report better physical and mental health.

Studies found out that the feeling of peace and calmness brought about by the sea is referred to as “blue space”. The said effect is due to the combination of soothing sights, smell, and sounds of the water. This combination induces meditation that is good for your health.

Medical Daily published the benefits of a day at the beach. Sea water contains magnesium, potassium, and iodine that are natural disinfectant. Inhaling the sea air also has respiratory benefits that result in a good night’s sleep. The sound of the waves slows down our nervous system and promotes relaxation.

The following are the health benefits you get from going to the beach.

Reduce stress level
A stroll on the beach significantly reduces stress level and makes you calmer. Water is a natural cure against stressors. Do you often wonder why you feel good whenever you are on the beach? The beach is a mood booster.

Moreover, water has a lot of positive ions that makes you feel at ease. No need to swim the depths, just wriggle your toes on the shallow ends and you will experience instant relaxation.

Boost creativity
Are you in a creative slump? Studies believe that the beach is a solution to get out of the rut. This explains why ideas, poems, and novels are created after a quick excursion at the beach.

The blue space clears your head that allows you to resolve problems in a creative way. The explanation behind this is that the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out.

Be more positive
Similar to the effects on stress level and creativity, the beach relieves depression and leaves you with a positive feeling.

The hypnotic sound of the waves as well as the calming sight and smell of the beach can induce meditation. Therefore, it will clear your mind on the problems and chaos.

Change perception in life
The ultimate health benefit of going to the beach is it changes your perception and attitude towards life in general. Nature has been the key to a happier and healthier life. When troubled, it is best to rest your mind and body near the waters.

Pinnacle Port After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, reportedly the strongest storm to hit the US, made landfall at Mexico Beach, FL. Mexico Beach is approximately 50 miles from Pinnacle Port Condos at Carillon Beach. The storm wreaked havoc on the entire area from Mexico Beach to Panama City Beach to the west and miles to the east and north; however the severe damage started 10 miles east of Pinnacle Port and got worse as it traveled east. Pinnacle Port suffered very little damage. At Pinnacle Port, there was no power or water for four days and tv, phones and internet are still out. The fiber lines that were not underground were severely damaged and with no current estimate as to when service will return. Bay County still has a boil water policy and a curfew from 6:30 PM to 6:30 AM to control looting and prevent issues in areas where roads have not been cleared. Until the phones in the elevators are working at Pinnacle Port, guests should not plan to return.

Both hospitals in Panama City were destroyed and patients moved to Pensacola and other areas. Temporary hospitals have been set up with limited services mostly for emergencies. The restaurants and grocery stores are attempting to reopen but with the long power outage and needs from those who lost everything; until they can be restocked, items will be in short supply. The biggest issue is a gas shortage in the area. Lines at the gas stations and grocery stores can be up to three hours long. Even cell phone service is very sporatic as so many of the cell towers were destroyed or severely damaged.

All of Pinnacle Port’s employees have some damage, most had severe damage and at least two lost everything. GoFundMe pages have been set up (Pinnacle-port-employees-hurricane) to help the employees get their lives back in order while most are working to help get Pinnacle Port Condos back up and running. We also set up a GoFundMe page for our housekeeper as her house in Callaway was badly damaged and is not livable. If you wish to donate directly to her fund, it is on GoFundMe as Julie-Michael Victim. Since her neighborhood was almost wiped out, any funds not needed by her will be passed on to her neighbors.

As Pinnacle Port owners, we realize how truly blessed we are with very little damage and we are doing all we can to help victims of the storm. Pray for everyone involved as many lost loved ones and so many lost almost evertyhing.

God bless!

Photo with flag is from Panama City not Pinnacle Port

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Neuroscientists Strongly Recommend That You Visit The Beach Regularly

Neuroscientists Strongly Recommend That You Visit The Beach Regularly. Here’s Why!

Everyone knows that spending some quality time outdoors is good for your health on both a mental and physical level. However, the direct benefits of spending time specifically at a beach have just been revealed!

You know that incredible feeling of relaxation and peace that you experience at the beach? Scientists are now referring to that as “blue space.”

“Blue space” happens when your brain is overloaded with soothing sounds and smells of water. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease; almost as if you were hypnotized!

If you’ve ever been sitting on the beach, feeling extremely relaxed, it’s not just in your head! Scientists claim that there is a change in the way your brain reacts to the environment that leaves you feeling reenergized, relaxed, and rested.

Here are the four main ways this “blue space” effect your body and soul:

1. Going to the beach reduces stress

Water is one of mother nature’s cure alls. Water is full of naturally occurring elements and minerals that can help you feel at ease.

So whether you’re jumping into a pool or dipping your toes in the ocean, you’re definitely going to experience a feeling of relaxation. Water can be a great way to quickly boost your mood!

Do you want to stress less, sleep better, and feel abundantly happier… without drugs or anything crazy?

2. The beach increases your creativity

Have you been stuck in a creative rut lately? Scientists now believe that the solution to this might actually be the beach!

Being in “blue space” can help you clear your head and approach your problems in a more creative manner. Similar to meditation, the beach can ignite a feeling of stillness that allows you to shut out everything else and focus.

3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression

In a similar way that the beach can assist with your creativity, the beach can also provide a relief to the symptoms of depression.

They hypnotizing sounds of the waves in combination with the different smells and visuals of the beach can leave you in a meditative state.

4. Spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life

It’s all about perspective! Nature has a gentle way of helping you become a happier person. The beach can help you realign your soul.

So grab the sun tan lotion and pack your picnic baskets, because it’s time to head to the beach!

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30Avenue’s Concert Series – come join us on the green! Copy

Summer is in full swing and so is 30Avenue!
Join us Thursday and Friday evenings for our concert series. Grab the kiddos and enjoy a fun night out with games on the green and live music. (Click on Summer concert below for schedule).

Summer concert 

There’s still time to brighten up your patio for those beautiful summer evenings spent outdoors.
In the cheerful, creatively curated space, luxe furnishings and art share space with funky accessories and plenty of color. An array of home furnishings at your fingertips,
Design 30Avenue will make your space the envy of any neighborhood.

30A Burger is now offering a reward card for a free burger! Yes,
FREE of charge,
NO catch,
SERIOUSLY!
Simply pick up your card, have it stamped and earn your way to the best burger on 30A!

NEW ARRIVALS!
As the only bridal boutique in South Walton, Margaret Ellen Bridal offers a truly unique experience the moment you walk through their door. Be sure to follow
Margaret Ellen Bridal on Instagram for a glimpse of what is coming in each week!

30A Olive Oil offers the highest-quality extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet oils & sea salts from around the world. Their in store tasting gallery allows you the opportunity to sample before you buy.

Back by popular demand!
For limited time, enjoy two meals for the price of one at Cuvee 30A.
Experience Chef Tim Creehan’s wildly popular cuisine and award winning signature dishes.
Make your reservations today!

The trendy boutique LA Green
will host a promotion with stylist Nickie Taylor! You could win a pair
of One-Teaspoon jeans!
Click here for more information.

Looking for your
newest health treat?
Meet Coconut Chia Pudding.
You can’t go wrong with nutrient-dense chia seeds mixed with creamy coconut milk, mangos and strawberries. A little drizzle of honey and topped with shredded coconut you are sure to be hooked!
#eatenergize

amici is not only known for their pizza pies but their handcrafted, locally sourced ingredients make for works of art. Authentic Italian cuisine served in a cozy dining area or dine under the stars on the open air patio.
One visit here promises many returns!

Milkshakes are one of the GREATEST
creations of all time!

During these hot summer months stay cool and create your own
one-of-a-kind scrumptious masterpiece at
30A Cookies and Cream

Tropical Storm Alberto left Panama City Beach some great sunsets

Panama City Beach has always had great sunsets and now that tropical storm Alberto has passed through, there have been some outstanding sunsets. These sunset are a photographer’s dream and we came across a photographer we have not seem before who really has some outstanding photos that members of the Panama City Beach Facebook pages have been raving about.

Before we share some of her work, here is a little information about EG Sendejas Photography by Elizabeth Sendejas. She moved to Panama City Beach from Texas about 3 months ago. About 3 years ago, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she decided it was time to slow down and see her surroundings. She started taking photos and sharing them on Facbook. The photos started a chain reaction with friends and family wanting baby and birthday photos done. Since she was searching for something to fill a void and decided that taking photos was what she wanted to do. She loves photography and working with families and seeing their excitement as their photos are being taken. She also loves their reactions when they see the photos and share them with everyone.

Her prices are very reasonable because she knows when families come on vacation, this time is precious and they want to have fun making new memories with their loved ones. If you’re in Panama City Beach and want photos done, be sure to contact Elizabeth at 850 775-6931; you’ll be glad you did.

Now here is her contact information and some of her recent photos:

Why Panama City Beach should be your next vacation spot!

Check out this article from Birmingham, AL Magazine  by Tara Massouleh

Why Panama City Beach should be your next vacation spot

Updated May 14, 12:27 PM; Posted May 14, 11:19 AM

 

By Tara Massoulehtmassouleh@al.com

On the secluded shores of Shell Island, the calm emerald waters of St. Andrew Bay sparkle under the bright morning sun. The water is clear as crystal–a purple sea urchin is visible three feet below the surface. A quick survey around the area reveals a pair of starfish nearby. Under the sand, live sand dollars make their home.

The quiet lapping of the water against wooden pier legs is punctuated with the occasional distant shriek from children playing a couple hundred yards away. At least three families have met up on Shell Island for a few hours of peaceful fun in the sun. Their smattering of sunscreen bottles, Capri Suns, cold beers, towels, and beach umbrellas provide everything necessary for the perfect beach day. On the island, there are no restrooms, shady pavilions, concession stands, or trashcans–and that’s all by design. The pristine and undeveloped seven-mile barrier island is nestled between St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, meaning you get the best of both worlds–calm bay waters and salty ocean surf–just by crossing the half-mile width of the island.

So where is this mysterious, uninhabited fantasy island? No, it’s not in the Caribbean. Or on the Hawaiian Islands. Shell Island is part of Panama City Beach, just a short pontoon-boat ride from the mainland.

PCB itself is only 4.5 hours from Birmingham. Years ago, the gorgeous beaches of Panama City were known as spring break central to college students across the nation; but today, Panama City Beach is singing a much different tune and going back to its roots as a family-friendly vacation destination with activities and amenities to suit all ages and interests. As part of their efforts to keep the beach both safe and fun, the city announced a law in April of 2015 banning alcohol on the beach for the duration of spring break. Since then, the city has stood behind their decision, and today, no alcohol is allowed on the beach during the month of March (when most colleges have spring break).

“Panama City Beach has been a destination for families since the beginning of time, and the spring time is no different,” says Catie Feeney, public relations manager for Visit Panama City Beach. “We want to send the message that Panama City Beach is a premier destination for families to come visit year-round.”

The city’s new motto, “Real.FUN.Beach,” simplifies what Panama City Beach offers to its visitors of all ages.

GO AND DO

With 27 miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is characterized by three main components: sun (an average of 320 days of sun each year), sugar-white sand, and crystal-clear water. And with a year-round average temperature of 74 degrees, Panama City Beach gives new meaning to the phrase “sunny and 75.”

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The beachfront town was incorporated in 1977. In the early 2000s, the area experienced a major real estate boom, which replaced older homes and motels with high-rise condos and larger homes. In November of 2006, CNN Money named Panama City Beach the No. 1 real estate market in America, a title it held for the next five years. However, even with the boom in real estate, Panama City Beach still has areas that aren’t dominated by high rises. If you prefer a more private beach escape, PCB offers many single-family homes and smaller condo units in addition to larger complexes that offer convenient amenities like large pools, gyms, and complimentary chair and umbrella rentals. And with 100 public beach access points, there are plenty of options for those who prefer to camp, RV, or just come down for the day.

For adventure lovers, activities like parasling, jetskiing, paddle boarding, and banana boat riding are offered right on the shore in many places on the beach, meaning the entire family can hit the beach together, while the thrill-seekers of the bunch get their fix of water sports.

Two state parks, St. Andrews and Camp Helen, bookend PCB and have proven to be some of the most diverse and stunning areas in the entire city. St. Andrews is a popular spot to join a diving excursion in the area Skin Diver Magazine calls the “Wreck Diving Capital of the South.” In addition to incredible wreck sites, Panama City Beach offers an abundance of wildlife, including sea turtles, goliath grouper, and one of the highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins in the world. Two fishing piers, a jetty, and a boat ramp make St. Andrews a popular fishing destination, as well. On the other end of PCB, Camp Helen State Park is a true ecological wonder that’s bordered by water on three sides. An excellent trail system takes visitors through five distinct ecosystems: mesic flatwoods, scrub oak, basin swamp, depression marsh, and marine unconsolidated substrate.

EAT AND DRINK

With so much to do in Panama City Beach, it’s easy to work up quite the appetite. Luckily, the city offers an array of dining options that range from funky dive bars and quirky breakfast spots to fine dining.

For breakfast, it’ll serve you well to follow the crowds to Thomas Donut & Snack Shop, established in 1971. Join the long line outside the humble shop and wait your turn to choose from a selection of upwards of 30 different donut varieties. The cinnamon sugar buttermilk cake and red velvet go quick, so if you want your pick of the plot, go early. The shop opens at 6 a.m. Other notable items: homemade kolaches, as well as burgers and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

For another trusted breakfast spot, try Andy’s Flour Power, voted the Best Cafe and Bakery on Panama City Beach. The cheery breakfast/brunch/lunch spot serves up morning classics like omelets, biscuits and gravy, and a massive breakfast burrito. But one item not to miss is the Flour Power French Toast made with thick, country French bread dipped in cinnamon and brown sugar batter. The result is a light and airy toast that is sweet without being overly sugary. If you have the chance to meet owner John Certo (also known as Andy), you’re in for a real treat. The third-generation New York-raised chef is a fast-talker who will have you laughing from the minute you say hello.

For lunch, try out beachfront hotspot Schooners–just don’t be alarmed when beachgoers saddle up to a table with bare sandy feet and are still dripping from a dip in the Gulf. Also known as the “Last Local Beach Club,” Schooners is open from 11 a.m. until the wee hours of the night, with live bands playing often. For lunch or an afternoon snack, their Smoked Tuna Dip and a frozen Pina Colada should do the trick. For a similar laidback lunch experience, a $6 pitcher and the oyster sampler at Dusty’s Oyster Bar also is a good call.

For fine dining, ask any local and they’ll tell you Firefly is the place to go. Don’t let the restaurant’s unassuming location (in a strip mall next to a bowling alley) fool you. The food and service could stand up to any. The restaurant specializes in seafood, steak, and sushi, but be sure to get a bowl of the deliciously-rich She Crab Soup to start.

One of the most exciting things about Panama City Beach that even with its long history as a popular tourist destination, each year it continues to evolve, grow, and offer even more for its visitors. One way the city has done this recently is with specialty festivals giving visitors even more options for things to do off the beach.

UNwineD recently celebrated its second year as Panama City Beach’s premier food and wine event. Each year, eventgoers are treated to a Grand Tasting featuring rows upon rows of booths with craft beer, wine, and spirits from around the world, as well as booths featuring culinary creations from some of Northwest Florida’s best chefs.

Feeney says the festival started as a way to promote the changing dynamics of Panama City Beach’s spring visitor market, but it quickly has become one of the city’s most popular events, selling out the Grand Tasting both years.

“Inviting young professionals, and even later winter residents, to an elegant food and wine festival was the perfect way to diversify our event schedule, as well as provide an event that our visitors may not be able to experience in another destination,” Feeney says. “The weather and setting in the springtime set for a perfect backdrop to this event, and our partnership with Southern Living truly elevated the exposure of the destination.”

During this year’s festival, held March 23-24, the Southern Living-hosted Biscuit & Jam Kickoff Party provided a classy start to the weekend with craft cocktails, elevated Southern coastal hors d’oeuvres from Firefly, and beautiful lounging spaces in true garden party form. The weekend closed out with a concert at Aaron Bessant Park featuring none other than Birmingham boys, St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

More musical talent came to Panama City Beach at the end of April with the first annual Sand Jam music festival. Similar to Gulf Shores’ Hangout festival, Sand Jam features three days of musical acts right on the sugar white sand beaches. This year’s headliners included Incubus, Sublime, and Fitz and the Tantrums. The new festival is just one of Panama City Beach’s latest additions and the tip of the iceberg of reasons to move PCB to the top of your beach bucket list. For first timers and loyal visitors alike, there’s always something new to explore in Panama City Beach–you just have to know where to go.

For more information, visit visitpanamacitybeach.com.

Margaritaville Branded Active Adult Community Slated for Panhandle

Margaritaville Branded Active Adult Community Slated for Panhandle

The St. Joe Company and developer Minto Communities plan to jointly develop a community branded Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, an active adult, age-restricted residential community concept created by Margaritaville Enterprises. Latitude Margaritaville will be located in Bay County near Panama City Beach and the scenic 30A corridor. The community is projected to open in early 2020.

“Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is the perfect destination for those looking to own a piece of paradise in the panhandle while living a life of fun and relaxation.”

The LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Watersound location is in the heart of St. Joe’s Bay-Walton Sector Plan that is entitled for 170,000 homes. St. Joe owns approximately 15 miles of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway connecting West Bay with Choctawhatchee Bay and it is expected that the community will receive the benefit from the spectacular vistas and recreational opportunities.

According to St. Joe Company President and Chief Executive Officer Jorge Gonzalez, “St. Joe is pleased to work together with Minto and Margaritaville to offer the first active adult community of this kind in our region.”

This community will offer close proximity to an international airport, be minutes from the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach as well as exclusive lifestyle shopping and entertainment centers.

Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock notes that LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE communities have experienced an overwhelming response from those seeking a unique approach to active adult living. “There is nothing that compares to the lifestyle of Latitude Margaritaville,” notes Bullock.

“Minto is proud to work with St. Joe and Margaritaville to bring Latitude Margaritaville Watersound to this beautiful part of Florida. Our audience has been asking for a Gulf of Mexico location, and this is a perfect complement to our other coastal destinations in Daytona Beach and Hilton Head.” More information can be found at the website.