5 Reasons to Love/Hate 2010 Spring Break

by February 12, 2010 • 101 comments

It’s that wonderful time of year when students from all over the country head south for Panama City’s white sandy beaches, to have a great time with friends and to party, party, party. It is the perfect destination for the breakers. But for locals, Spring Break is the most polarizing event on PCB. Some love it, some hate it; so we decided to put together a list of what we love or hate about the wild and crazy event. So, here goes nothing.



As you know, traffic during spring break is awful. That bad traffic isn’t exclusive to the streets and the zillions of colorful scooters zooming across lanes of traffic. Traffic is in every department store, every gas line, every restaurant and every bathroom on the beach. The depth of annoyance can only be described in the brilliant words of Brandon, a 2009 spring breaker from  Athens, “Man, this sucks” Yes, Brandon, it does indeed.


If you remember the Lil Wayne concert from last year, and I am sure many of you do, once the beach was emptied of all the screaming, sunburned partygoers, what remained on our gorgeous shores was equivalent to a landfill. There were bottles, cans, shoes, broken sunglasses, mardi gras beads and so much other trash on the beach and in the streets it was nearly intolerable. Just attempting to keep the beach clean is a full time job and I am glad it is not mine.


So you’re the owner of a brand new condo and to help generate a bit of revenue you decide to rent out your 3 bedroom 3 bath unit for spring break thinking, “those kids aren’t going to break anything in a place so nice.” Your naiveté in that regard is only outdone by your dismay and anger over the broken toilets, holes in the walls, stains on virtually everything and the flip-flop-wearing 21-year-old-tornadoes that just blew through your lovely summer home.

Underage Drinking/Lingering Stigma

Without a doubt, Spring Break’s biggest problem is the underage drinking and the heavy stigma that remains on Panama City Beach throughout and long after. It is a difficult thing to police, and even with increased law enforcement and additional security on hotel and club premises it still goes on. Kids drink heavily and act inappropriately leaving our great city with a reputation for allowing such things to go on.


This one is huge. From drunken falls, to fights, to the seemingly annual balcony leap-of-faith, injuries during spring break are unavoidable. And although this article is light in context, this is no laughing matter. People have suffered, and this is without question the most loathed part of spring break. It is unfortunate and certainly steps are taken by our local government to help as best they can. So if any of you spring breakers are reading this, be safe, read up on local laws and try, try, try to make your parents proud.


Generate Revenue

Spring Break generates more revenue in a few months than many vacation destinations generate all year long. And although it comes at a cost (see all 5 things to hate above) the money cannot be overlooked. Kids come here to spend money. They spend money on hotels, food, clubs, shopping and everything in between. You have to love that.


Sure, you’ve driven down Hutchison Blvd., (cause you wouldn’t dare take Front Beach) and you see all the youthful students, carefree and green, and you remember what it was like to be on Panama City Beach during your spring break. You remember how much fun it was to ride the strip, to make friends all across the beach, to have those “spring flings” that you remember for the rest of your life. Every year, the spring break season stirs up the dust of your youth and, well, you have to love that too.


If you are willing to brave a trip out to a department store or a restaurant, you’ll find all sorts of Spring Break and local discounts. Last year, places like Pineapple Willy’s, stores across Pier Park and other places slashed prices to encourage the breakers to head their way. If you are willing to endure the students, you too can get all those breaks.

Change of Weather/Invigoration

It isn’t a coincidence that on the month the youth head to Panama City Beach, the weather is also springing into action. No more cold, gray skies. No more empty streets. No more brown grass. During a great deal of the Spring Break season the sun is shining, the palm trees are perking up and our whole city is buzzing with life.


For those of you who like to go out and have a good time at night, there is simply no better time of the year to head out and have fun than spring break. Personally, I don’t go out but when I did (yes, there was a time) Spring Break was the time to do it. Most clubs and bars have early bird discounts, celebrity meet and greet, and discounts on drinks. Not to mention, every club, bar and, well, any place that sells liquor is packed with people.  You can party all day and dance the night away every night.


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1 chris February 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

How disgusting to read what happens each year. I own a condo in PCB and there is no way I would ever rent it out during spring break season. Get rid of the spring break crowd, the tatoo parlors, the purple haze shops, the pawn shops and all the other undesirable things about our beautiful emerald coast location.

Why does PCB allow the spring break crowd to defile our beaches and condos and hotels?

Imagine a PCB where all the tourist areas looked like our wonderful Pier Park. Imagine the crowds, imagine the revenue for the condo owners, the restaurants, the city and the shops.

We don’t need the spring break crowd.

Bring more upscale events like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival to PCB.


2 Jeff Phillips February 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm

We refuse to rent any of our condos to anyone under 25


3 carol February 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

We have found kids get around this very well and end up in these condos anyway…


4 Paula February 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

The only way kids get in to your unit is because you let them in. You control your condo not them. If you have your unit occupied by Snowbirds or pull it from rental during Spring Break I guarantee kids will not end up in your condo. Ask yourself DOES THE MONEY MEAN MORE THEN THE DAMAGE DONE? If the answer is yes then kids are not getting around you your’re letting them in. You’re not helpless. You have a choice to rent or pull your unit off rental during Spring Break.


5 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Is this not discrimination? Way to live by those morals. glad to see your parents taught you well. there is an alternate solution if you would kindly get your head out of your buttocks.


6 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

wow. nice input.

7 GreggT February 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm

We had a last minute cancel on our Snowbirds, we closed our unit out for March, no way are we going to take a chance getting our place damaged. I know how I was when I was that age, no way would I rent to anyone remotely like what I was. You can look at the pictures, videos, and read the blogs, things have not changed much since I was a kid.
Personally I hold the city responsible for our present situation. We lived just South of Myrtle Beach when they had enough of Spring Breakers, it just took one season enforcing the laws already on the books to change things.


8 jamnolfin February 14, 2010 at 5:17 am

We dont rent to under 25 either and we are lucky to have our snowbirds stay til April 1 at Calypso. Last year we had alot of damages from the breakers including breaking down 2 swinging doors to the elevators. Whats to stop parents from driving down from say Dothan and renting a condo out for their kids? My parents did it for me back in the day.


9 Jeff Phillips February 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

jamnolfin asked what’s to keep a parent from driving down and renting a condo for the kids?

Most rental companies don’t care if they rent your condo out to kids, it’s not their problem once it’s destroyed. We make the renter send ID and the ID must match the credit card and contract. Still, that’s not fool proof.

This is our current policy at http://www.bluesunproperties.com ;

Adult Rental Only Age Requirements – Singles under the age of twenty-five (25) are prohibited from booking unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For all family groups, married couples and responsible adults over the age of 25, proof of age is required. There may be additional restrictions regarding the number of people that may accompany a parent or legal guardian. Age and identity will be verified prior to check-in. Under age 25 requires A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST BE STAYING IN THE UNIT AT ALL TIMES. OUR RENTAL UNITS ARE MONITORED FOR VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY. ALL VIOLATORS WILL BE EVICTED AND ALL RENTAL PAYMENTS AND/OR SECURITY DEPOSITS WILL BE FORFEITED. In accordance with Florida State Statute 509.141, RESERVATIONS MADE UNDER FALSE PRETENSE ARE NULL AND VOID AND CHECK-IN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. We require one parent or guardian for every four persons under the age of 25.

We send this to each inquiry and to date, we haven’t had that first booking for March 6-13 Spring Break and I am ok with that because it is keeping the kids away. We have some snowbirds staying till April in some of our condos too.


10 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Congratulations, you made checking in on vacation for responsible 24 year old like checking into jail. That really helps the situation jackmo.


11 Jeff Phillips February 20, 2010 at 11:44 am


The policy I posted above was voted in by the entire Home Owners Association at Aqua and Calypso and several other condominium complexes up and down the beach. Not just my policy.

I would love to see your solution you mentioned above, you know, the one that gets my head out of my buttocks. The fact that you are already resorting to calling me Jackmo and are already getting belligerent just goes to confirm that validity of the policy.

Thanks for proving the collective owners points 🙂

I have quite a bit invested in properties on the beach, much like a lot of other folks on this blog. Why should we allow spring breakers to trash the places out?


12 chris February 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

why don’t the condo owners at calypso get together with the calypso management and demand that calypso not rent to the spring breakers. it’s awful to hear of this damage to calypso. this type of activity does not help property values. the city needs to change its position on spring break.


13 Matt February 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

It is a shame what some properties and clubs allow springbreakers to get away with during Spring Break. However, there are a number of property owners such as myself that do host breakers and hold them accountable for their actions. We have very few problems at our properties and are happy to see them coming. Until the beach has found something to replace the revenue that is generated in March we MUST have them. I keep hearing about this mythical “family” spring break. It will not replace the current revenues. Businesses on this beach cannot survive on June and July only.


14 Nikki Lindsey February 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

Matt, I agree that businesses and workers on the beach need the revenue from Spring Break, simply because the off-season is so brutally slow here. Also, “family” spring break is not a myth. We get a lot of families down from Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia when the public schools go on spring break. Obviously, this growing trend is still light years behind college spring break in terms of revenue.


15 John F. February 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

On the negative side, I would say the police department gets a lot of experience during spring break.
On the positive side, I would say the police department gets a lot of experience during spring break.


16 Elaine Lichtenberger February 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

I would love SpringBreak to go away so we could improve our image and sell some of these beautiful upscale condos to people who appreciate the beauty of our beaches. Not many people want to spend a large amount on a condo knowing that 6 weeks out of each year the streets are filled with drunken, foul-mouthed young adults.


17 Jeff February 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

Spring Breakers do not need the beach . They are to drunk to enjoy the beauty. Send them to a inland camp where there is a lot of boose bars


18 carol February 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

The beautiful beaches become dumps with these kids having no regard for the them or the people that really enjoy them. Even when there is a clean up in the morning, by mid-day there are bottles and garbage everywhere, no body thinks of using the numerous garbage pails available…


19 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Carol, I can only imagine how ignorant you are to this subject but do you realize that picking up trash creates jobs for people that are’nt forunate enough to have the luxury of comlaining about our problems on the internet with no intention to do anything about it?


20 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

thats a brilliant response. much like the kids that throw cups onto the parking lot at a McD’s and say the employee needed something to do. Here’s an original though…how bout these moron’s act like humans and throw thier crap in the proper receptacle? Im sure the condo’s and hotels would much rather have thier employees inside guarding against the impending interior ruin, then out scraping your holier than thou crap off the beach, which is a pollutant, or hadnt you heard?


21 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Um, haha, Islands are surrounded by water correct? Hense ‘beach’. And you are the kind of brilliant people with your brilliant ideas for resolution that are gonna give me an early heart attack.


22 Brian Fry February 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

How many millions does that time of year generate? Scooters are a pain in the butt all year long not just during the college invasion. Condo prices are down some but are their present costs really reasonable?

Everything has good and bad associated with it. I was at pier park for new years, did you happen to take a look at the trash on the ground? The kids walking around with a drink? Risque dress styles? How many other events are the same way? just not to the same scale.

I would love to see everything kicked off the beach, maybe then I could afford a little grass shack on the beach that doesn’t carry a appraisal value of a half million.


23 Anna Beahon February 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

Last year, they came through our street (where they aren’t even supposed to be) and somehow, a beer bottle found itself through the rear window of our car!! The attitude of the policeman called to investigate was . . . . oh well . . . . . and to further the anger and inconvenience, we had to PAY for the report in order to make an insurance claim! Why is PCB advertised as a party, party, party location??? Most springbreakers are not old enough to legally drink and party. How do you ever expect to make this an upscale location when you continue to entertain that sort of crowd? Believe it or not, there are folks who enjoy coming to a nice sophisticated beach location to relax, shop and visit fine dining establishments. Most, if not all, of the beach resturants are nasty! Red Neck Riveira – it will always be!


24 Richard February 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm


I really do not like the current Spring Break situation either, but It is not right to say that our restaurants are nasty. Most of them, epecially those in Peer Park, but also Breakers, BoatYard and others are very nice, very clean. Maybe you have not tried them lately. Pleae try them again.


25 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm

yes, there are wonderful restaurants and attractions here; thats why we need a more decent vacationer base, who will appreciate and preserve that.


26 Paula February 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

A city can only become a doormat when it lays down and allows people to walk all over it. That’s exactly what PCB does during Spring Break. It becomes a doormat for all and any unacceptable behavor thrust upon it by thousands of KIDS. That’s right KIDS. Our officials are no smarter then the kids who come here to drink themselves into the local E.R.’s Everyone from the Mayor on down including members of the TDC are willing to allow KIDS to destroy our beach and city in the name of nostalgia year after year. PCB is a trash collector. They pick up what other cities have thrown out. How long can our city officials continue to host and turn a blind eye to the Bigest Beer Bash in the U.S. hiding behind the word Revenue.

Maybe if they were the ones who cleaned the beach, or washed the vomit from the streets, walkways, and bathrooms, or paid out of pocket for the destruction done to condos, or treated the drunked and injured kids that show up in the E.R’s they’d see that the Revenue they talk about comes with a very high price tag for the rest of the people living in this city.


27 captgeobob February 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

During sprg brk the water in our two pools has to be changed every 3 or 4 days because of filthy and nasty breakers. We would never rent our condo during this time, we are not greedy like some on our neighbors.


28 Lauren wilson February 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

spring break was invented for the youth and the celebration of. as panama city locals we are privleged to have this season to look forward to each year. i dont like hearing how its so hard to endure… honestly it always seems to be gone before it gets here. sure theres destructions and plenty of cleanup left behind. but the snowbirds do their share of destruction and cleanup for our community as well but they get there season every year without complaint. and man they seem to never leave.


29 Paula February 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

You like many are an enabler. You use words like invention and celebration to justify
distructive and unacceptable behavor being done by KIDS that if done in their parents
home, condo or neighborhood would have serious conquences. The day you show me a Snowbird who plugs up every sink, toilet and drawer in a condo with vomit, smears feces on elevator buttons and walls, and throws furniture off balconies I’ll believe alcohol hasn’t already damaged your brain cells or blurred your vision.


30 Brad White February 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Haha yea well you show me a snow bird that tips these poor servers that have to endure youre sellfish attitudes. Think about the benefit of someone besides yourself for once. other than Lauren you people have lost your minds.


31 Paula February 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

You forget people have choices. No one ever said LIFE would be EASY. It’s HARD but people can and do make choices. No one is forcing anyone to work anywhere.
While you may not be able to change the attitude of any individual you can change where you work. I haven’t seen any restaurant employee working with chains on them. They are there because they made a “CHOICE” to be there and with that choice came some positive things and some negative things. If the negative things outweigh the positive the person is free to make another choice that will put them in a different place of employment or take then on a different path in life. I’m not the roads we all take will be easy but we can’t blame someone else for the choices we make in life.


32 carol February 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Boy I beg to differ, especially since we are Snowbirds. This generation of people are predominately retired. These folks don’t fall down drunk on the streets, destroy the condos they stay in, don’t throw bottles and whatever including hygiene products into the pools . These folks usually come for a minium of three months, shop, go out to eat, use the various golf courses, this definetly generates money.
Don’t put us in the same category as the youngsters that come with too much money to spend and very little regard for their surroundings.
These kids have no rules in PCB, they are allowed to run wild and that is a shame.


33 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I think it’s productive to let loose, even if it’s a little too much but hey i’m crazy so nevermind that. What I would like to ask is when are the snowbirds going to start to show even a little grattitude toward the people that serve them in there activities they participate in while GUESTS in our beautiful city? We are not asking much because we are well aware you are canadian, but atleast 10%, 10% is a cheap tip but it’s a 99% improvement from what were used to from you folks. Be grateful your not spit on upon arrival, as a whole you don’t even generate 20% of what spring break does in a week.


34 Alex Plendl February 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Well, I have never been to panama city beach during spring break, but I think the article did a good job of illustrating both sides of the debate over whether to love or hate it. I am just glad it only lasts a month or two, if it were like that there any longer i cant imagine the impact it would have on the wildlife that inhabits the area. I am a zoology buff as a hobby and the environmental impact all the trash and septic waste that is left over must almost be catastrophic. I just hope there isn’t a sewage spill on a beach where there are a lot of people on it cuz then they wont get to go swimming or face bacterial infection if they do. sorry i took so long to reply but this is the first time i have made it to a computer with internet since you asked me to respond.


35 Lauren wilson February 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

capt bob what makes your neighbors greedy? you may be greedy for not sharing and renting out your condo during the spring…


36 carol February 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Again, I’m not sure if you are a young lady or a native PCBeacher who doesn’t mind having her property destroyed. Do you even have property. Captain Bob has the a right to protect what he probably worked hard to own.


37 SixRRanch February 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’m sorry, not every kid attending spring break goes crazy. In any occasion when you have that many people congregating, there are going to be the statistical numbers that are going to do stupid things, or otherwise get out of control. For every idiot, there is fortunately far more that have a good time, don’t destroy anything, and get back home with nothing more than a favorable experience. I have certainly been there and I can’t recall destroying anything and was not arrested for having a “good time”. I will be down there with them and will call down anyone that I see that are out of control or causing a problem. I will rapport with any that I come in contact with and will encourage all to do good and make a positive difference with their life. That is about all I can do, but I must admit that I enjoy Spring Break.

Having said that, our townhouse has been trashed before. We spent nearly ten thousand dollars repairing what occurred in just two days of rampant pillage. The girls that rented our unit were in total denial of responsibility for what happened. That only happened once though and there have been fifteen other years that have gone by, basically unscathed.

We welcome Spring Break, Bike Week(s), Fourth of July, the music events, Friday Fest, and every month, week, weekend, and day that can be spent in our splendid environment and on this earth.


38 Sheilad February 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Hello fellow readers!

As an owner of 2 condos in PCB, we will NOT rent to spring breakers. We do not advertise our units and only rent to family, friends and referrals. On occasion, we will, with great consideration and rules, rent to families and their children during break only because we know them and they are responsible people. Things will happen no matter what time of the year and how well you know someone but it is very wise to take the hit and not rent to spring breakers, especially if you live out of state. Fortunately we manage our condos ourselves and have supportive friends in PCB who help us look out for our investments.

We were there last spring break while closing on a unit. We swore we would never be there at spring break again. I believe in young “adults and adolescence” having a great time and have no problem with them partying and feeling like they are on top of the world, but….
most are disrespectful, unbelievably noisy and without morals or regard for those around them. This is very very sad. To me, it is a reflection of their parents.

In the 60’s I grew up vacationing to PCB every year with my family and enjoyed my graduation trip with the girls in 1978. We had a great time, did some things our parents will never know about, but nothing major. We were too afraid of what our parents would do if we were caught doing something illegal or disrespectful. Back them, we were responsible for our actions.

In a way it would be sad to see spring break go away but replacing it with class, beauty and the laid back southern charm would be awesome! Hopefully the new airport will bring in investors, visitors and families who will help make PCB become a wonderful family place on the worlds most beautiful beaches to enjoy years to come. Upgrading and keeping the traditional PCB is a challenge but can happen.

Maybe if law enforcement, business owners, hotels, motels, mom & pops, condo owners, management companies, restaurants, and the residents would enforce a “no tolerance” of trashing the city, and stick to it before the kids make their reservations, they would know the towns rules and expectations, or back home they would go. When I was growing up, neighbors looked out for all the children in the neighborhood. They corrected us when our parents were not around as if we were their own children. Nowadays, you cannot say anything without the fear of the parents suing you. What a shame.

Sorry for the rambling. Thanks for listening. I will do my part in making PCB a great place for fond memories and a favorable vacation spot for my children and grandchildren.

I love PCB. Many blessings and looking forward to a great 2010 season!


39 keith February 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

We were all once young.


40 KK February 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I am from Texas and I own a condo in PCB. I don’t rent out my condo to Spring Breakers. Since so many people want Spring Break to go away, has anyone thought of casinos to generate jobs and revive the economy? Any thoughts on casinos?


41 Jeff Hardin February 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

This is an old debate that people will never agree upon. The folks making money off the spring breakers want them here, others that don’t get a financial benefit don’t want them.

Those of us lucky enough to call this place home need to remember that the money the spring breakers leave here supports a lot of the things we enjoy year round.

I do think we can improve things. The police have to be tough on DUI, indecent exposure, fighting, underage drinking, and any folks damaging property or causing trouble.


42 Sandy February 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Spring Break gives Panama City Beach a terrible reputation all around the country! The TDC should do more to attract other types of tourism; i.e., family spring breakers who don’t bring their kids because of college spring break. We do have the world’s most beautiful beaches, so let’s try to raise the class a little. Clean up the act!!!


43 Todd S February 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Where is the government and business leadership of PCB? Who is paying for all of the additional police, fire and private security needed during college spring break season? Who is paying for the costs of picking the garbage off of our beautiful beaches? Not the people causing those costs! I’m sorry PCB Daily, but NONE of those “5 Reasons to Love” spring break are justifications for enduring the hordes of drunken, trash-spewing (mouths and materials) college students.

Nostalgia? Discounts? Change of Weather? Night Life? Get real. None of those things are somehow enhanced by, or the result of, the costly, reputation-damaging antics perpetuated by our catering to the lousier aspects of Spring Break scene. It’s really not that difficult of an issue: Do we want condo-damaging groups irresponsible goofballs ‘owning’ our beaches for the month of March, or do we want mature, family oriented, financially capable of leaving a 20% tip type guests–including reaching out to international guests now that the new airport is going to open soon. We need to move PCB away from its Girls Gone Wild roots, and toward a demographic of clientele that will actually grow and sustain the economic health of the shops and businesses and restaurants of the area. $5 buckets of beer, and 10 19 year olds in a 2 bedroom condo, do not accomplish that goal. Time for our city government to grow some…well, courage…and do something to put us on a better course for the future.


44 Paula February 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Great post. I agree. It’s time for PCB and it’s officials to GROW UP. When trash stinks you throw it out. How about our city officials getting some backbone.


45 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Did you ever drink alchohol when you were 19? Don’t answer that here I get lied to enough, just ask yourself.


46 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Oh also, before you start accuse spring breakers with a lack of 20% tips, you should talk to all these ungreatful snowbirds we welcome to our home that don’t know the definition of ‘tip’ or ‘grattitide’, haha much less 20%. They just fly under the radar because most are too old to cause any ruckess.


47 Jeff Phillips February 20, 2010 at 11:49 am


I do have to agree with you there. I have seen some real A-Hole Snowbirds this past week. Last night at Calypso Cafe, a guy waited to get to his table so he could do the Early Bird special. He was 3 minutes late and the waiter had to check to see if he could let him have the Early Bird Special. After the Waiter returned to tell him they would honor the Early Bird Special, the A-Hole Snowbird continued to spout off at the young waiter then stormed out of the restaurant. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Some folks just like to show their asses I guess.


48 Brad White February 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Sorry i called you a jackmo, haha no really. belligerent i agree. The use of certain verbs on a blog site only validates the type of person I am, Don’t be so quick to try to be right.


49 Jeff Phillips February 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

Dude, no problem with the Jackmo calling. Heck, my wife calls me worse things when she is in a GOOD mood 🙂

50 Amy Fletcher February 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Spring Break colors our beach’s image throughout the year. We have a place in Nashville and many friends from there who have told us that they would rather head West toward Seaside etc.. than come to Panama City Beach. I’ve tried to tell them about our beautiful beaches, State Park and Sunsets but Panama City is seen as a filthy dump to many. They see the images on TV and Internet and will not give our area a chance. Business owners, Condo owners and the folks that represent our area on the boards for tourism and businesses need to step up and demand that our beaches be RESPECTED and that we raise the bar in terms of “IMAGE”. As the possibility for this area to become a greater tourist destination we need to take some cues from the resorts and destinations to the West of our city ( the attention to design and branding; organization; landscaping; and an over-all “Inviting atmosphere” ) and we may have a chance to draw some of these people to our area. Thankfully, there are some businesses who take pride in their presentation but their success is undermined by businesses who just don’t care and who “set-up shop” next door to these well meaning citizens. If things can change NOW we may be able to redeem our “NASTY reputation.


51 rrich22 February 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

PCB needs spring breaker. You can not support all the nice things there without it. The month of March allows the community to flourish. I am sure Pier Park and rebuilding the pier would not have happened without all the $$$$ coming into this city. It’s one month of hell but brings in enough money to keep a lot of big and small business a float. It’s not the same place it was 40 years ago. Theres more white sand down the road.


52 Sheilad February 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

With the greatest respect, I have to respond to your comment about the rebuilding of the pier and how spring breakers allow the community to flourish. Please know that it is not only the “money coming in” from tourists that keeps the area flourishing. As a property owner in PCB, right next to the old pier, we are paying the taxes for the rebuilding of the county pier. We also pay property taxes which include school, trash pickup, bug spraying, business, roads, etc. We also pay tourism tax (5%) and State of Florida tax (6%). As a tax payer in PCB, our taxes pay for the mess people leave behind. When you work hard to have an investment to enjoy and keep nice for others, it really stinks to see young kids come in and trash it in a matter of weeks. The money coming in to businesses in the month of March does not pay for everything like you are thinking. I guess I could compare it to us taxpayers who are footing the bill for Washington. We could and will survive without spring breakers in the future, once we re-establish a good name and a clean and classy environment. Spring breakers (and their parents) can spend their money elsewhere. I do not like paying high taxes to be disrespected and trashed. We can do something about it, instead of going on with the attitude of “well they do bring in good revenue”, I would like to see spring breakers replaced with families and international guests who appreciate and respect its beauty. If a city has to allow it to be trashed to keep businesses afloat, that is not a good plan. We are sending the message “come to PCB, do what you want to it as long as you spend money”. It is time for change. As a taxpayer, I will work to change this way of thinking. Thanks.


53 GreggT February 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Brad your language leaves much to be desired, I take it any damage does not come out of your pocket like it does ours.
I think most except the “head in the bed”folks feel Spring Break just is not worth the risk us property owners take. The rental companies could care less, they do not have to make the repairs. I am just asking for PCB to enforce our existing laws to the letter. Kids do not bother me, just the distructive, law breaking ones.


54 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I assume you havn’t read my reply to carrol since you have not replied but it involved you aswell so i felt i was responsible to make sure you see it. GregT are you a priest or does your wife just not allow you to use fowl languange to express yourself the good ole’ fashion way, not from a lack of vocabulary? I am a local bussiness owner, home owner, and a condo owner, there is a 500 deposit for ANYONE that rents the condo and yes damages do occur but you just have to be smarter than a 21 year old (I understand for certain people this can be difficult) and the benefits from spring break (if you people could think outside of yourselves) completely outway the negatives.


55 Kevin White February 16, 2010 at 5:09 am

I have read what all of you have had to say and I have many mixed feelings about this topic. I am a 19 year old male who will traveling to PCB for my 3rd year, the second of which will be during Spring Break. FACT: PCB does get trashed during this month long extravaganza and there is no way in denying that. FACT: SOME students do not know how to accept the responsibility of all that they are provided in this great place. FACT: MILLIONS of dollars in revenue is generated during these time from people who are there to spend as much money as they can while having fun doing it and that can be hard to duplicate. FACT: it is a sad fact that all Spring Breakers have to be lumped in with a crowd of “Kids” who are hedonistic and have no regard for the places that they rent and the damage that they cause. I and many other Spring Breakers who go to PCB plan on having fun but our primary goal is not to get drunk and ruin anything. It is purely a time to regain sanity from calsses before we move forward with school and hopefully our careers. I come from a great family who has supported me in going to PCB the last 2 years with them knowing very well what can happen while here. With that being stated, I ACT IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS MY FAMILY AND THE VALUES THAT THEY HAVE INSTILLED WITHIN ME. Sure I have embraced the Spring Break lifestyle while in PCB but at the end if the day I know that if I damage anything or cause dismay people will see that as a reflection of how I was brought up and that would be 100% INACCURATE. On another note, I understand the concern of having Spring Break in PCB and how it damages your reputation but you are not alone. South Padre Island, Acapulco, Key West, Cancun, Cabo San Lucus and many other place suffer from the same problems but they seem to STILL appeal to the FAMILY crowd as well.I guess what I am trying to say is that being young should not be associated to being ignorant of the ways of the world. I know many people over that age of 25 who are not “RESPONSIBLE” even though they are allowed to rent. What should happen. Especially for those who own condos outright is for them to get a chance to know the renter. So much is done online and there is no telling who anyone is these days. I may be a 21 year old wild Spring Breaker or I could be a 40 year old businessman with the intent to kill. Either way, a few conversations via email or phone is not a great way to judge character and in the long run both parties may lose an opportunity to make better connections because in my case my parents value my word and a suggestion on who and where to book a vacation would go very far. Anyway those points are just something for ALL of us to take in and consider before making hasty judgments. Thanks!


56 JIM Morin February 16, 2010 at 8:26 am

Based on my experience with Spring Break I would not rent to anyone under 25.
It’s really short sited to let all the vulgar activities go on. Its sad the trashing of our Image, that lasts all year long. I have been told many times, “O’h I would never go to Panama City, it’s a really trashy place.” Even with all the fancy new Condos and millions in advertising as long as Panama City Beach remains the “Spring Break Capital of America” we won’t change that image!.

Regardless of the short term gain Spring Break is a looser. If we really want to be Family Friendly
Destination we need to discourage Collage Spring Break.

I can tell you I would not cross the bridge during Spring Break. I did last year, stoped at McDonalds on Middle Beach Road, with my 6 year old grand duaghter. I won’t do that again!. Sad, really sad. Decent folks can’t enjoy our beaches duing this peropd. I’d bet 80 % of those who do come here won’t come back. I don’t, will not tolerate the rude behavior!.

Jim Morin, Condo Owner and Resident of Panama City


57 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I’m just gonna throw this out there, i’m really not much of a ‘blogger’ although this sight has me pretty fired up due to an invasion of locals with extra chromosomes. I have to ask, are you familiar with the road formely known as beckrich? I’m sure you are. Now do you remember all that construction that made that road much nicer and wider so traffic would not be near as bad? beautiful palm trees etc. You can thank spring break for that, along with many, many other improvements in the progression of our fine city.

Brad White, Home Owner, Condo Owner, Business Owner and Resident of Panama City Beach


58 Jm February 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

Spring Break is no worse than Thunder Beach, is it? It would seem that our tourist destination would choose to make a gradual transition. It you guys keep on jerking things around, the Breakers will out migrate to Myrtle Beach or the Texas coastline. Do you want to see PCB becoming another St. Petersberg? What are shore line businessmen proposing to offer during the Spring to replace the revenue which will be lost from Spring Break? Careful….just think what it would be like if you had to work 12 months each year! I understand that being poor is becoming fashionable.


59 Brad White February 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thunder Beach is by far worse than spring break, whom the participants are of legal age to carry firearms. Bad attidudes, loud bikes, and places locals enjoy are over-run by roudy, tempermental, heavy drinking bikers. Although the revenue they bring is wonderful and is much need similar to spring break.


60 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Thunder Beach cant even compare to spring break for several reasons the most important being that it is only for 3-4 days.

I have met many of the so called bad attitude bikers (they are actually pretty well off and invest as a matter of fact), have to have money to own a Hog nowadays.

But it was a nice try at deflection


61 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

What are you talking about? I work, year round…even despite the crap we have to deal with. In fact, I commute over an hour, one way, twice a day to do it.

Im sure everyone on here that owns property destroyed in the past has worked thier entire lives to be able to own these wonderful condo’s and will be darned if they let what the worked so hard for be puked on, ciggarette burned, beer soaked rat holes.


62 Brewster February 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

You say “The TDC should do more to attract other types of tourism; i.e., family spring breakers who don’t bring their kids because of college spring break”. I use to bring my son to PCB several times a year since we live so close, but for the last 3 years (since he was thirteen), he has no more interest in PCB. Why you ask, there is nothing for teens to do in PCB (NOTHING AT NITE) except drink and ride the strip. His interest are now geared to Central Florida where there are multiple amusement parks (Disney, Universal, Sea World) and several Large water parks. The only thing PCB offers are putt putt courses, go carts, wave runners, nothing that you can spend the day doing and nothing to take up the nights. PCB let the two amusement parks disappear. If you want PCB to be a true family destination, then you need activities that a family can do for more than one hour or less. Kids past the age of pre school want things that are exciting (roller coasters, etc…) PCB will never be the family destination that you and others want until you have the attractions that attract kids 12 and up. You don’t see the problems you have in the Orlando area, but where is the number one family destination (ORLANDO), why, they have more for families and for all ages to do. My son is 16 yrs old and has no interest in going to Spring Break in PCB. As he put it to his friends, there is nothing to do there for his age except drink and since he does not drink or smoke, He is not interested in going. You as the residents of PCB should be hounding the Mayor and the TDC to start working on attractions for families other than the pre school kids. Once you have something for families of all ages, then you will have a family tourist destination and Spring Breakers will look elsewhere becuase then familes will be booking out the rooms and cutting into their places to stay.


63 Ron February 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

Bingo!! A common sense statement in a sea of emotion.

I wonder if we’ll ever see another major theme park. The schools with their never ending chase for the almighty federal dollar have pretty much screwed up summer vacation. And people wonder why the world is passing us in education, but, I digress. When most parks were built, the summer vacation period was a solid three months + and, there weren’t the distractions that are everywhere now. Pretty much the whole country is available in a few hours now. And except to say you’ve done it, the way theme parks are spread out all over the country, it makes no sense to travel “just” to do a theme park. It makes me wonder from a financial and physical location, if it is even possible. A few rides and shops at Pier Park are a long way from the millions of dollars needed for a park, or multiple parks, that realistically will only be profitable for 2 months a year. I wonder if the water park that exists now could be justified in today’s market given construction and operating cost for the roughly 2 months it’s open. I said all that to say this, I’m not sure PCB and the area can ever become family friendly in the way Orlando has become. The economics and family availability doesn’t seem to be there.


64 Paula February 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

We hear your anger. Now do your homework. We live in a world with an entire generation of kids having kids who are not able to pass on life skills to their offspring and a population that loves to blame others for the problems they created themselves. You are correct these kids are our future and so are the politician and city officials we CHOOSE to put in office. It’s frightening isn’t it but we still have ability to make smarter choices to achieve positive outcomes if WE (collectively) have the courage to CHANGE what we currently accept as business as usual.


65 Brad White February 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Paula your last post does not address anything i said except that you agree with me. Although you are right, people do have choices. As do many servers in PCB choose to work where they GREW UP, the least you snowbirds can do is appreciate that they do put up with your ungenerous spending habits to live near their families. GregT are you a priest or does your wife just not allow you to use fowl languange to express yourself the good ole’ fashion way, not from a lack of vocabulary. I am a local bussiness owner, home owner, and a condo owner, there is a 500 deposit for ANYONE that rents the condo and yes damages do occur but you just have to be smarter than a 21 year old and the benefits from spring break (if you people could think outside of yourselves) completely outway the negatives.


66 Paula February 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm

There you go again thinking that “Others” are responsible for the decisions made by servers and other PCB residents. That’s simply not true. I’m certain you’ve heard the word “selfcontrol” now learn the word “selfmade”, success due to one’s own efforts.


67 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Are you high when you write this stuff. That is twice you have replied with nearly completly irrelavent material. I think your missing the big point.


68 beachbum February 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The demographics of PCB have changed.
Many new residents want no part of Spring Break.
I live in PCB and vote!


69 Mike B February 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

From personal experience (we rent all of our condos during the break, 25yr old required,) we’ve not yet had an incident during break.
We have had three incidents of note over the past 15 years.
– Our first damage incident occurred in September, a couple broken lamps, stolen vacuum, broken dishes, etc. Due to the company we were working with at the time, no deposit was ever collected and it couldn’t be traced to the exact renter (out of two possible) (not spring break).
– The one time we did have major damage from renters was in July (not spring break) when parents rented it for their son and his friends. Parents were never present, security kicked them out after two days of their week. Lost about 1K on repairs. Raised the security deposit on future rentals (used to be only $300).
– Our Disgusting renter award goes to a long term (3mo) winter rental (again not spring break) the next year. Had to throw away linens, replace carpets and rugs, took over two days to clean.

As I appear to be the minority here, maybe we’re just lucky, but I can’t help wonder the actual ratio (vs speculation) of the spring breakers causing trouble to those that don’t.


70 Danielle Baxter February 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Every year I read about the problems of spring break. I as a young adult came to PCB 3 times during spring break. Now 10 years removed from my last spring break, i still think back and smile of the great times I had. I met my husband here at spring break, and we have 3 kids. We have visited PCB 5 times for summer vacations, and last summer a group of us that attened spring break spent a week at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. I’m sure alot of people who were spring breakers come back in there later years.


71 Leo February 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Condo owners in PCB could help themselves by sticking together setting Security Deposits at $1000 during Spring Break. Rent can vary. Sounds high but I bet kids plunking down the money would police themselves and their friends better.

The city could also rein in distructive behavior by setting higher fines. Instead of kids paying a $250 fine raise it to $750 plus community service and had out the most rotten clean up jobs.
In addition keep kids under 21 from entering any establishment serving liquor unless they are accompanyed by a Parent, not a friend, or older sibling a PARENT who must remain in the establishment the full time the individual under 21 is on the premise. Heavily fine anyone under 21 entering unlawfully, the parent for leaving the scene, and the establishment for allowing entry to the individual under 21.

Establish a noise ordinance if one isn’t already established and if it is enforce it.

To bring more families to town turn Lake Town Wharf into timeshare units. The units there are not selling as condos. The more weeks sold as timeshare the more families coming to PCB. Lake Town Wharf is also large enough to house a Casino

Stop building condos. Enough is enough. The city is already overbuilt in condos.

Create and develop college rivalry between the colleges in town through city and TDC organized Base Ball and Volly Ball games that any student can participate in.


72 Lauren wilson February 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I dont like to reply back to comments but in this case i will. First to Carol, no i dont own property. but why would this be important? This is exactly my point that immediatly the comments made were about who owned a condo- but spring break is bigger than that. it involves more, condo owners arent the deciding factor. Note to Paula i live and work daily in the condominium rental industry.. a winter guest ran up the electric bill over 300 dollars because they left the sliding door open all night to hear the waves.and 2 weeks into the season there was an awesome amount of poop smeared all over the stall due to a snowbird losing their bowels…and if the arguement is money matters which it always is (especially for those who own something & earned a say) *wink winter guest arent the money makers… we actually spend the money we dont have during these months…


73 The Dude February 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Wow! How old is everyone on here? Apparently everyone on here is in their 70’s or older. I’ve never heard so much whining and bi+ching in my life. If you people don’t like it then maybe you should move somewhere else instead of complaining about spring break. It’s an exciting time for thousands of people who are enjoying themselves. Just because they don’t think that watching “Murder She Wrote” and “Wheel of Fortune” every night and then going to bed by 9:00pm is fun doesn’t mean they should be complained about. PCB is a great place whether it’s spring break or not. Get over it!!!!


74 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

All hail the Duuuuuude!!!


75 Lauren wilson February 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

and by the way Paula i dont drink alcohol there for i dont have any brain cells missing. and i really need to correct you on your use of the word kids. Legally were talking at 18 years of age is considered an adult and accountable as an adult. 25 is def. considered an adult. and your writing all this choices nonsense- listen to yourself. choices, exactly the spring breaker has the choice to indulge in the beach as much as their mother or grandmother.Your generalizing kills me. the beach is a public place so are the restaurants and what not.


76 Lauren wilson February 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

and my last reply is to Elaine… I Know a few spring break weeks out of the year is not the cause of why these condos aren’t selling…. beautiful upscale?… try architectural self-hatred. but this reply will get no where because we arent talking condos here were talking about the love and hate of spring break.


77 Chris February 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm


since you don’t own a condo, others reading your comments are thinking to themselves. This is like listening to a person who’s never had children giving advice on parenting to a parent of 3 teenagers.

I personally don’t have a major issue renting to spring breakers. I do a lot of screening and add a hefty Security Deposit along with a high Rental Rate. It might not be fool proof but it minimizes the exposure to a lot of irresponsible people.

I’m sure the author of this article knew the hornets nest they were going to open up when they wrote the article.


78 Lindsey February 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Spring Break vs Snowbird Season!!

Everyone has an opinion, but i would have to say that through all of the comments my biggest peev is the stereotyping. ie: Everyone who comes here for spring break is an inconsiderate ingrate kid or everyone who is here during the winter break is a crappy cheap butt snow bird!

On another note, there are 52 weeks in a whole year, 6 or so of those would be considered high spring break season and what are the rest? Have we not noticed that through the winter season most businesses close down due to lack of business, the unemployment rate is substantial! Revenue is a big thing through out the SB season! Condo owners may go to extremes if they felt so inclined as to raise their security deposit to whatever they would like with the offer that if there is not any damage or extra clean up following the renter’s stay then they get their deposit back! Win Win for all i suppose on that point!

Just because we may be young or old our opinions are ours, we say them just to add our two cents and people dont have to degrade others by not respecting their opinion ie: you must be missing brain cells due to alcohol consumption or your just an idiot snow, bird go the hell home!! Those attitudes get people nowhere! respect is one of the keys to a beautiful world!!!!

NO ONE WILL EVER WIN THE WAR ON SPRING BREAK OR NO SPRING BREAK!! Goodluck all in being a single voice of many who help vote the so called government in!!! PEACE!


79 jellen February 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I’m glad PCB is no longer subsidizing MTV. I would like to see the PCB police enforce all existing laws during the spring break period and let the chips fall where they may. That would allow all the kids who want to have fun without destroying things or hurting themselves to enjoy their spring break and then maybe those who want to go crazy with destructive behavior would learn that PCB is not their spring break mecca. I really enjoy seeing the good kids having fun but we all know the bad outcomes from the few.


80 Chris February 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm


you’ve hit the nail right on the head. It just takes a committment by the authorities to enforce the laws that are currently on the books. Until this happens, nothing will change.

My opinion is the cost of the additional enforcement needs to be portioned out based on who is gaining the most from the Spring Breakers. Places like Spinnaker’s, Club LaVela and the likes are gaining the most monetarily and contributing the most to the Drink till you drop mentality which causes a lot of the issues everyone complains about.



81 ran-d February 19, 2010 at 3:57 am

SNOW BIRDS are a hazard to panama city beach natives. where to begin? close your eyes and picture yourself driving down Back Beach RD, doin o about sixty, sixty two mph. and this damn mini van decides cut you off! but not only does it cut you off, they drive forty five mph. well now your close enough to read where the tag is from…CANADA! PLEASE PAY ATTENTION WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING! stop taking the eggs out of the cartons and leave the salt and pepper shakers on the table. maybe if you didnt buy that 70 foot streamline bus that cost you enough money for, i dont know like ten students to go to school for ten years, you would have enough money to tip your waitress more than two dollars on a sixty dollar bill. and no you may not have a senior citizens discount on those shoes m’am. and stop being so damn rude! if you dont like what is going on around you…remove your self from the area! dont yell at the front desk clerk for only doin her job. does it make you feel good to know that you showed your a$$ and ruined some individuals day? its kinda like your acting like those kids ya’ll despise so much.


82 Lauren wilson February 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

chris, thank you captain obvious! but this is exactly my point…. being a condo owner has only a fraction to do with spring breakers. unlike every other condo owner out there we have a whole community that rely’s and thrives off this season.


83 Liza February 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Lauren is 100 percent RIGHT. Spring break in Panama city beach is a TRADITION. If spring breakers are such a problem, why are condominiums continuosly being built creating MORE places for them to stay further more destructing all views of the beach. Millions of highschool and college students have been coming to PCb for years…why would they stop now? Its the one place they come to let loose and ejoy the beach. Theres nothing anyone can do to stop it so deal with it. GO GATORS!!!


84 Brad White February 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

As for the only website i have ever ‘blogged’ this will definately be my last one as i feel a sense of dissapointment arguing with ignorance and now am no better than anyone else that has commented here. I only wanted to remind everyone that “10 things to love/hate about sring break” was an article meant to be humorous and elightenig but once again people as a whole have taken it way to far. QUIT COMPLAINING ABOUT IT AND GO OUT THERE AND GET INVOLVED! I do not agree with many of you peoples’ comments but i do agree that law enforcement needs to step there game up in march, so lets find a way to get it done. Like it or not folks, at this point PCB cannot prosper without sring break so you might aswell enjoy witnessing what it was like to be young and carefree. I miss those day very much.


85 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Brad..YOU are the voice of ignorance with your pithy comments and “nanny nanny boo boo” comebacks, name calling etc. Make a case on a mature level and you will be treated with same. I have lashed out because frankly I’m sick of the young people such as yourself mouthing off instead of having an intelligent debate.


86 Ron February 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I live in Atlanta and own in PCB. We never rent and use the condo for our family. We love PCB and will retire there! My speculation, with no facts to back it, is that the revenue gained by spring break is offset by the revenue lost by the damage to reputation all year round. I know no-one in Altanta who goes to PCB on vacation, everyone seem to go to Destin with their families. Likewise, I have many business connections with Texas and the emerald coast is a major destination for Texans it seems, but they all seem to head to Destin too, PCB is considered very down market. I think an analysis should be done either way to establish whether or not spring break does more economic damage or good.

My kids are still young , as they get older I suspect we will stop going for spring break ourselves ( we go 12 times a year). Its not a time for families.

Regarding the 25 age limit, its widely flouted as parents rent the units for their kids. We see it all the time. Our condo building manager hates spring break, the mess, the vomit, the damage etc

Anyway we love PCB, don’t love spring break so much.

Good discussion everyone!


87 KK February 22, 2010 at 8:06 am


I couldn’t agree with you more. I am from Houston, TX and we own a condo from PCB that we rent out. When my husband and I first wanted to buy a beachfront condo, our first choice was Destin, however we realized we could stretch our dollar alot more in PCB for beachfront. We love PCB, however we can’t believe we never see any marketing in Texas for PCB. No tv ads or magazine articles. Nobody in Texas knows about PCB. I understand Southwest is flying from Houston (yay) and is a connection for other markets to come to PCB, however wouldn’t it be time to market Houston and Texas in general for a year round destination besides Spring Break? Any thoughts????


88 Ron February 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Well said. Frankly, the beach at PCB is so much better than Destin. Many places require you to cross the road to get to the beach and it is quite narrow. Okaloosa is pretty but there are many old condos, and no pier park! PCB is not selling itself. Dallas and Houston would be great markets to target. Oh and I know many who drive to Destin from Dallas for their vacation, so PCB is not a stretch even without the airport.


89 Bryce February 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I agree that spring break is probably the worst time of year for locals, but lets face it, it’s not going to go away. I’m not convinced that it would be a good thing if it was completely gone anyway considering that nothing happens the rest of the year. The revenue gained by spring break is too much for people to give up just so pcb can be a ghost town for the entire year. That one has been beaten to death.

The trash problem isn’t just a problem with tourists, cause locals do the same thing. Did you see new years at pier park? How many of those people do you think were locals?

The local law enforcement needs to enforce the laws that is definitely true, they can only do so much, but maybe if they were a little more strict then people would get the idea that we aren’t going to let them walk all over our town doing whatever they feel like.

For people that own condos, why don’t you increase your deposit or make the people more liable in the contracts that they sign?

I’m not against spring break, but i would like to see pcb a little more upscale. Unfortunately, it will never happen if people only complain about it and never actually do anything. If you want class then be classy.


90 Carla Skinner February 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

I am Canadian and own 2 condos in PCB. If Brad White would be so kind as to let me know what business he has I will honor his wishes and stay away. I will also let the other Canadian’s I know in on this because we would not want to patronize an establishment where we are not wanted. If Brad isn’t on anymore, anyone who would like to let me know you can e-mail me at skinner61@hotmail.com


91 Millie Lawson February 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’d like to say,” THANK YOU PANAMA CITY FOR HOSTING SPRING BREAK!” My daughter and her friends enjoy the beach, the night life and lite partying, to relax from college life. I have taught her to be respectful to others personal property when renting or borrowing, if drinking, know your limits, have a DD and watchout and take care of each other, be responsible. Pickup after yourself, leave things better than what you found it , be a thinker (work with your hands, think with your head, feel with your heart), seek the truth, be a doer (productive person), enjoy life – it is a journey to learn to be the best you can. Overall, not all spring break college students are destructive, if we as parents would teach our children to be responsible starting at a young age.
The art of being a responsible parent does take work, discipline, understanding and laughter.


92 Donna February 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

This subject has been the source of many heated debates for as long as I can remember. I am a long time local who has worked in some form of the hospitality industry for most of my years in Panama City Beach. I have met good and bad people from all walks of life. Working the “graveyard shift” has allowed me to see and experience many aspects of spring break most people are totally unaware of. I have had some interesting conversations with sober spring breakers at 3am who were disappointed with the way their fellow students were behaving. Others invited me to their parties. I have also experienced parents to young children that were intoxicated an hour after checking in to their hotel/condo and expected the staff of said hotel/condo to look after their children. The problem being, the staff never agreed to the arrangement. And I have met some “snowbirds” that were less mature than my 9 year old! On the other hand, some “snowbirds” make me smile every time I see them. It is true that some people do not act in a mature fashion, but it is also true that immature people come in all ages and from all backgrounds. From my experiences, it is usually the “rich kids” that misbehave more than the “less fortunate kids”during spring break. And my theory on that is simple; you respect what you have to earn. If the “rich kids” know their credit cards have no limit, it doesn’t matter how much of a damage deposit you charge! And if we’re talking about turning Panama City Beach into a family destination, I agree that Panama City Beach needs more entertainment for all ages that doesn’t involve drinking. Furthermore, with our current economy, doing away with spring break isn’t really an option. Any revenue is good revenue. And I have a strong feeling this will be the case for at least a few more years. I only wish people were treated as they treat others on an individual basis. I have a good feeling that this world would be a much more pleasant place to live!


93 rrich22 February 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Brad I would like to know your business as well. I will try to support it. Carla is probably a snowbird playing bingo and watching Mattlock every night so I don’t think you’ll lose anything unless your business is a bingo hall.


94 Gucci March 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

I say to the old people, that make 1 million+ a year renting out your condos, to let the kids rent out the condos. Its a once a year event let the college kids do it in style.


95 Helen Kimbrough March 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Objectors Get a life. I am age 81 and am thrilled to see people having good clean fun. The drinking and wild stuff I object to and if they told the truth those acting wild actually object themselves ,but loving the sun, rushing a tan, seeing the laughter and people having fun swimming and loving the Beach that I love, I love it.!!!


96 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 12:54 am

Brad, Im confused, I thought you were a server who could not get decent tips? I also dont see your name listed on any property owner website, and I thought you were 24?

Neither here nor there, just trying to make a point. Im sitting here, right now, its almost midnight. I have to work, I have two kids in school that have to get up, all of us at 6 a.m. I have tried since Saturday, when it all began, to get a decent nights sleep…I can hear the hard hitting bass from clear up on front beach and Im nearly all the way back to middle beach. They are continually screaming, blowing horns, stealing carts from walmart and running them through the neighborhoods they arent even supposed to be in at 3 am, cursing so heavily I cant let my young kids outside unless its a weekend morning, when they will still all be passed out.

I too was once of that age…and never once did we swear when we knew adults, kids or anyone would overhear. The young “ladies” are the worst Ive ever seen, so drunk as to be puking in the lot behind my home with all her friends drunkenly hollering with concern.

So yeah, I damn sight HATE it. I hate this time of year, more and more every year. And unless someone can make it NOT be a virtual slice of HELL for the people that live and pay taxes and send our kids to school here, then it should be FORCED out of our lovely area, just like Lauderdale did. Thier take on the spring break mentality? Raunchy. And thats what it is. Nasty, raunchy, rude idiots. Sorry. Im sleep deprived and my sense of “giving it a chance” is long since gone.


97 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

With all due respect maam, its easy to “love it” when you are far removed and watching the revenue, up in Chipley


98 Susie Q March 10, 2010 at 1:49 am

They complain about less than a half million dollars in extra government services (police and medical) yet Spring Break brings in $170 million tourism dollars.

Sounds like the civic leaders:

1. Are jealous they didn’t get to have as much fun during spring break in their day and …

2. Flunked their math classes. I’ll pay less than $500,000 in city services to bring in ten times that in sales and hotel bed tax any day (assuming that taxes are 5-10% of the total incoming tourism dollars).

The talk is of turning Panama City Beach into a family destination. HELLOOOOOOO!!! Destin and Gulf Shores already beat you to it a long time ago.

Panama City Beach will eventually end up like Destin as condos replace hotels and people from around the US and the world with money discover the Emerald Coast.

Until then, tell law enforcement that if they eased up, the costs of law enforcement and arrests might go down. Let the people party and spend the money.

Seems to work for New Orleans and Las Vegas, and the majority of people in Bay County (county Panama City Beach is in) area live across the bridge in Panama City, not in the middle of the beach. Just like the majority of people in New Orleans and Las Vegas live well away from Bourbon St. or the Las Vegas Strip.


99 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

Susie, you may not be a local. I am. My family has owned these homes for more than 30 years. As have many of neighbors here. This is not Bourbon Street…the bars are far removed from where I live yet the idiots parade around neighborhoods they arent staying in for what reason? To show how they have been raised with absolutely no respect, much less morals.

Done my share of partying in my day (boy…did I) right here on this beach, too; and I can remember stumbling my way home with friends, all the while everyone shushing each other if we got too loud. No one gives a damn anymore, and they can stick spring breakers where the sun doesnt shine, this city will certainly replace the revenue the scum bring here.


100 Bob March 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

After reading many of these comments, it seems that there isn’t any input from hotel owners that saw. Most of the comments are from homeowners like myself, or condo owners that have choices to make regarding wheather to rent or not to rent. I take the same position as many of you, and I don’t rent during spring break. Changing the landscape of PCB is very easy if everyone including the hotels, motels, and mom & pop shops all chose not to rent to the spring breakers. Not only would they be forced to find a new area to party, but the local businesses would have to find a way to overcome the lack of profits that they make during this time. Sending MTV to a different city might be a good start, as they are more connected to this crowd than anyone else. I was in Destin on Monday and there were plenty of breakers on the beach and in the bars, and airplanes flying banners overhead, not much different than PCB.


101 Carly Dee March 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I agree. Its a shame too..I’m not against anyone coming here to blow off steam…but it has gotten so out of control, and everyone just seems to have given up wrestling that control back to keep things sane that it will eventually ruin it for everyone. Including those who are not here to raise so much ruckus, but to enjoy some warm, beautiful beach time.