Mark Canfora, in his effort to reduce the harm brought by college spring break has requested that a “Disclaimer and Warning” be placed in all hotel rooms, condos, convenience stores, etc. as long as college spring break is promoted by the TDC.
He wrote a letter to the Mayor of Panama City Beach requesting that this issue be officially legally assessed on the ability of the city to actually carry out this plan, the letter reads:
Dear Mayor and Council Members, April 25, 2008
I believe the city of Panama City Beach will be legally liable if the future children and visitors of Student/College Spring Break are not warned of the serious danger to their safety and well being while they are here during the time period known as Panama City Beach “student/college spring break.”
I am officially requesting a legal opinion of the possible liability to the city in this regard. The city definitely has prior knowledge of the past and present dangers of student/college spring break in the city that has lead to the deaths, rapes, attempted murder, assaults and thousands of crimes to innocent visitors to the city.
The unsuspecting public have not been adequately warned of those inerrant dangers.
Attached is the warning and disclaimer I presented to the TDC Marketing and TDC Board members in April 2008. I am presenting this document as “official notice” to the city of Panama City Beach and the TDC that you stop ignoring the disaster and “event failure” of student/college spring break.
During one Spring Break, one of our own, Officer Kight, was brutally murdered and is one example of the tens of thousands of tragedies, rapes, assaults and crimes in Panama City beach over the last two decades.
The total number of victims are presently being gathered from public information sources.
I will provide you the results upon completion
*Disclaimer and Warning
PCB College Spring Break may be hazardous to your health, safety and well being.
Dear valued students and guests,
There have been hundreds and thousands of reported (and unreported) rapes, injuries, hospitalizations, arrests and many, many unfortunate deaths over the last 20 years.
(20 year actual stats to follow here: #: deaths__, rapes__, arrests__, injuries__, DUI’s,etc)
We plead with you to exercise extreme caution during your stay here in PCB and heed the following advice:
Never, ever get separated from those you came with or be left alone at your hotel or place of entertainment;
Never, ever accept any drink you did not see poured or opened fresh from a bottle or can because of the extreme possibility of a date rape type substance or drug that has been added;
Always have a designated member of your group that stays sober to oversee the group you are with and to act as your own security and protector from those desiring to rape, assault or hurt you or anyone in your group. There method of operation is to separate and control;
More warnings to be added;
TDC also is requested establish a 3-Digit 24/7 emergency hotline handled by “trained professionals” and a budget for advertising for future “Breakers and victims in desiring help, in trouble or immediate danger…”
(Cell phones do not give 911 their exact locations on the beach and time is of essence.)