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30 A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 11 From Katelyn French A MESSAGE FROM THE 2017 CHAIRMAN 13 From Ryan Davis AIR & SEA 16 News from Tyndall AFB & Naval Surface Warfare Center PC Division BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 22 The latest updates from businesses in Bay County BAY COUNTY INDUSTRY UPDATE 26 Royal American Beach Getaways 28 Bay EDA and St. Joe Company

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36 FEATURES 30 UNwineD 36 Supper at Grace 40 The “Other Side” of the Bridge- Culinary and Entertainment Off The Beaten Path 47 Dining Guide 54 2017 Annual Awards Dinner Recap SEE & BE SEEN 56 December 2016 Business After Hours / Annual Christmas Party 57 January Business After Hours COMMITTEES 60 HYPE 61 IdeaCamp 63 Ambassadors

AROUND TOWN 64 CareerSource Gulf Coast, Kim Bodine 65 County Commissioners, Philip “Griff” Griffitts 65 Film Commissioner, Julie Gordon 66 Gulf Coast State College, Dr. John Holdnak 66 Bay EDA, Becca Hardin 67 FSU Panama City, Dr. Randy Hanna 67 TDC/CVB, Dan Rowe MEMBERSHIP 68 Membership Update 68 Calendar of Events 70 Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings 72 New & Renewing Members


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CONNECTING YOU TO THE BEACH & BUSINESS

E D I T O R I A L TEAM PUBLISHER: Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce MANAGING EDITOR/CREATIVE: Katelyn French EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Kristopher McLane CONTRIBUTORS: Bryan Hunter, Chris Chamberlain, Javier Cruz,

Joseph Hagberg, Katherine Mapp PRODUCTION: Hartley Press

ADVERTISING SALES: Shannon Richmond Shannon@PCBeach.org DISTRIBUTION: Coastal Communications; Lewis Advertising

The Circuit Magazine is designed and produced by the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. All information in this guide is believed to be correct at time of production; the publisher assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. All unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the publisher and will not be returned. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Š2017 The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.

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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS RYAN DAVIS

DAVE TREPANIER

JAYNA LEACH

KAREN SMITH

Chairman Community Bank

Incoming Chairman Firefly Restaurant

Past Chairman Visit Panama City Beach

Secretary Beachy Beach Real Estate

MATT GRIFFITTS

Treasurer Sugar Sands Insurance Jeremy Bennett

Paul “Buster” Busuttil Shay Catrett

A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Centennial Bank Buster’s Beer & Bait

BAYSOLUTIONS

Marvin Colley

Beach TV

Catherine Collins

Resort Collection

Jeff DiBenedictis

Summit Bank

Vince Greiner

Patches Pub & Grill

Brad Griffin

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Mark Hess

Ebro Greyhound Park

Michael Kerrigan

Pier Park/Simon Malls

Rick Koehnemann

Koehnemann Construction

Will Lark

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Lee Ann Leonard

Royal American Beach Getaways

Joshua Rogers

Gulf Power Company

April Wilkes

St. Joe Company

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Ramon Duvall Dr. Randy Hanna Becca Hardin Dr. John Holdnak Parker McClellan Dan Rowe John Skaggs Mayor Mike Thomas

Beachside Fellowship Florida State University Panama City Bay Economic Development Alliance Gulf Coast State College NWFL Beaches International Airport Tourist Development Council Naval Support Activity Panama City City of Panama City Beach

CHAMBER TEAM Kristopher McLane Jena Liles Shannon Richmond Katelyn French Helen Adami Bertie Reynolds Charlie Collins

President/CEO Chief Financial Officer Director of Membership Services Director of Communications Director of Events Information Specialist Information Specialist

Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce 309 Richard Jackson Blvd., Ste. 101, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Phone: (850) 235-1159 Fax: (850) 235-2301 www.PCBeach.org

As I brainstorm what I’m going to write in my letter, there is one thing I can not get off of my mind, so I will go ahead and address it—I love to eat. I mean, seriously, this girl appreciates a good meal. Having been born and raised here, I have my go-to local restaurants that I love; however, I am constantly being surprised by all of the amazing restaurants in our area that I am still trying for the first time. Working at the Chamber exposes me to the new cafés, pizzerias, coffee shops, fresh local seafood spots, and more. But it also exposes me to the places that have been here for generations that I have neglected. I had a birthday at the end of February and had the opportunity to visit some of our Chamber’s restaurant members throughout the week (one of them I went to for the first time because the ad they sent over for this issue was so tempting). I was beyond impressed with every dish I ate, and I will be adding them to my list of favorites. I say all of this because, whether you are dining as a visitor or a resident of Bay County, there are so many local restaurants to explore, support, and fall in love with. Whether you’re looking for Cajun fare, fresh oysters, southern comfort, or innovative ingredients, our membership is the best place to find all of it. For a complete list of all our restaurant members, visit our Dining Guide on page 47. The “Dining & Entertaining” issue is special to me because, one year ago, it was the first issue of The Circuit I had ever done. In fact, it was the first magazine I had ever done, period. I think back to when Lauren Shaw, our former Director of Communications, passed the torch to me and I remember asking for her opinion on every idea I had for that issue. She finally said something that set the tone for my past year. She told me, “The Circuit can be whatever you want it to be. It’s yours now.” Since that first issue, each edition of the magazine going forward has been a learning experience for me. I slowly found my groove, pulled inspiration from other publications, redesigned the layout, and evolved The Circuit into more of my vision. I am proud of the growth in the past year of the publication, and I hope that, as an advertiser, you are proud of your investment in it. To Growth and Good Eats,

- Katelyn French

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN | RYAN Having

born

Moving forward into 2017, I want to first start by thanking Past-Chairman

Bay

Jayna Leach for leaving the gavel in such good condition. I will be the

County, it is truly an

beneficiary of her hard work. I would also like to brag on our dedicated

honor to be your 2017

staff members that pour their heart and soul into every event. Prior

Chairman. My family

to becoming a Board member, I never knew the amount of work that

has deep roots in the

gets done behind the scenes by the Chamber staff, often out of sight

beach

and

been

DAVIS

raised

in

community,

of the membership. Under Kristoper McLane’s leadership, 2017 will be

proudly owning and

an exciting year to be a member of the Panama City Beach Chamber

operating

several

of Commerce. Our Board of Directors has set a lofty goal of growing

businesses

our membership this year and I am confident that those considering

small for

over

years. has

sixty

becoming new members will soon join this outstanding organization.

Bay County

For those of you who are current members, thank you for your support!

experienced

a

tremendous

amount

In closing, we have many exciting events planned this year and I look

of

in

my

forward to meeting those of you that I do not already know. You can

lifetime and continues

change

find the details of all upcoming events in The Circuit magazine, online at

to evolve to this day.

www.pcbeach.org, or on the Beach Buzz weekly e-newsletter.

As a child, I can clearly remember riding my bicycle down the yellow center stripe of Front Beach Road after Labor Day, rarely having to get

Warm regards,

out of the way of a vehicle. My, how things have changed! It makes me proud to see the achievements that Bay County has made over the past forty plus years of my life, and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of that success.

Ryan Davis, 2017 Chairman of the Board Senior Vice President, Community Bank

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In 2016, we welcomed 2.7 million visitors

who stayed an average of 4.9 nights, equaling 13.2 million visitor days.

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Every 91 unique visitors creates a full-time job in Bay County.


Around here,

visitors aren’t The only ones with something TO

smile

about. Noteworthy Statistics: - Average party size = 5 - Total Visitor days = 11,041,911

- Total visitor spending (+0.6%) to $1,212,347,677 - Tourist Development Tax Collections = $18,791,389

Average Visitor Spending per day for the month of June: - $7,979,301/Day - $332,471/Hour

- $5,541/Minute - $92.35/Second

At Visit Panama City Beach, we’re hard at work making sure that this year’s numbers get even better. See more of what we have in store below: Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show March 3 – 5 Panama City Scottish Festival & Highland Games March 4 Emerald Coast Cruizin’ March 8 – 11 UNwineD March 24 – 25 Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 19 – 23 Pepsi SpringJam April 28 – 29 Thunder Beach May 3 – 7 Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast May 13 Jeep Beach Jam May 17 – 21

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NEWS FROM TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE AND NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER PANAMA CITY DIVISION

U.S. NAVY SYNTHETICALLY RECREATES BIOMATERIAL TO ASSIST MILITARY PERSONNEL By Katherine Mapp, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division

A

team of U.S. Navy scientists and engineers aboard Naval Surface

contact with water due to stored energy. The mucin binds to water and

Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) have successfully

constrains the flow between the micro channels created by the thread

recreated a natural material used for marine wildlife defense to assist

dispersion. The interaction between the thread, mucin and seawater

military personnel.

creates a three-dimensional viscoelastic network,” said Kincer. “Over time, the thread begins to collapse on itself causing the slime to slowly

Biochemist Dr. Josh Kogot and Materials Engineer Dr. Ryan Kincer have

dissipate. Studies have shown the hagfish secretion can expand up to

produced a synthetic component of hagfish slime from the alpha and

10,000 times its initial volume.”

gamma proteins of the Pacific hagfish. The hagfish slime thread has been compared to spider silk. Both are The Pacific hagfish, also known as slime eels, are bottom dwelling

natural, renewable materials that could one day replace synthetic

scavengers that live on the ocean floor. The hagfish can secrete slime to

products derived from petroleum based precursors. Kogot said the slime

protect themselves by obstructing the gills of predators that come into

thread has comparable mechanical properties to Kevlar, a synthetic fiber

contact with the slime.

used as a reinforcing agent for rubber products and protective gear.

According to Kincer, hagfish slime consists of two protein based

CAPTION: Naval Surface Warfare Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) scientist

components – a thread and a mucin.

and engineers demonstrate the elasticity of the hagfish slime secreted from the Pacific hagfish in a lab aboard NSWC PCD Nov. 29, 2016. Pictured from left to

“The coiled up thread behaves like a spring and quickly unravels upon

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During synthetic recreation, alpha and gamma proteins are produced in an Escherichia coli bacteria, or E.coli, where each protein is recovered from the bacteria after a series of isolation and purification steps. The alpha and gamma proteins were later combined together and rapidly assembled in a crosslinking

Olivia Kohlstaedt

solution. A sample of natural and synthetic hagfish threads were compared using a scanning electron microscope to visually confirm the production of the synthetic threads. The intended use of the synthetic slime is to provide non-lethal and non-kinetic defense to the Fleet. “The synthetic hagfish slime may be used for ballistics protection, firefighting, anti-fouling, diver protection or anti-shark spray. The possibilities are endless”, said Kogot. “Our goal is to produce a substance that can act as nonlethal and non-kinetic defense to protect the warfighter.” Kincer said the addition of using a material such as the slime will be valuable to the U.S. Navy. “Researchers have called the hagfish slime one of the most unique biomaterials known. For the U.S. Navy to have its hands on it or a material that acts similar would be beneficial,” said Kincer. “From a tactical standpoint, it would be interesting to have a material that can change the properties of the water at dilute concentrations in a matter of seconds.” The effort to create new synthetic means to behave like the natural hagfish slime is supported by Navy Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) funding and the Office of Naval Research Code

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NEWS FROM TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE AND NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER PANAMA CITY DIVISION

TYNDALL 5/6 ORGANIZATION FOCUSES ON 2017 By Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

T

he Tyndall Focus 5/6 professional development nonprofit

to build professional networks, share information and mentor junior

organization recently completed their transition to a new counsel

Airmen.

and hosted the first Comprehensive Airman Fitness day of 2017. “Whether you are a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) lacing a Focus 5/6 members organized the resource and manpower efforts for

target, or support personnel in-processing a new wing commander, it is

multiple events across the installation to support CAF day activities.

important to know how and why what you are doing affects the mission,” Johnson said. “It gives you that sense of pride and desire to want to get

“The Air Force demands professionalism from its members,” said Tech.

the job done to the best of your ability knowing that there is a bigger

Sgt. Robert A. Johnson, Tyndall Focus 5/6 president. “If we truly want the

picture.”

best product from our Airmen, then we owe it to them to provide them with the best tools in achieving that goal.”

Supporting events like CAF day is just a small portion of what the Focus 5/6 contributes to Tyndall Airmen.

The mission of the organization is to “Bridge the Gap” between junior enlisted and senior enlisted Airmen to create an environment of

CAPTION: U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, 108th Training

deliberately investing in professional development and understanding

Command commander, speaks at the Comprehensive Airman Fitness day

of the mission each Airman supports.

opening presentations at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017. McQueen spoke to Tyndall Airmen about stress coping practices and overcoming obstacles.

The Focus 5/6 organization also provides a common ground for NCOs

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/Released)


In

2016

the

Focus

5/6

professional

development sub-committee launched a new program called the “AFSC Immersion” (Air Force Specialty Code), targeted towards all Airmen on Tyndall who are interested in changing career fields. “The immersion program is intended primarily for first-term Airmen and is meant to introduce individuals interested in retraining to a different AFSC with the end goal being cross training,” said Staff Sgt. Jason M. Daneault, Tyndall Focus 5/6 professional development committee co-chair. “The program involves shadowing Airmen from participating career fields to give the potential cross-trainee an idea of daily operations within that career field.” Eight AFSC immersions were successfully completed under the new program during the last half of 2016. “Giving Airmen the chance to see the workspaces first hand gives them a great opportunity to make informed decisions in terms of choosing a new career field,” Daneault said. “It develops you differently aside from routine training, it gears you towards a way of life and helps you develop your own Airmen.” The program has a secondary benefit of introducing first-term Airmen to career Airmen in different fields and also to resources around the installation that could help with making the final decision to apply for cross-training. “This is going to be a great year to get involved,

specifically

with

professional

development,” Daneault said. “In addition to the AFSC Immersion program we’re planning to host additional training for supervisors on written communication for EPRs and award packages, as well as continuing the speed mentoring events.”

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS

KEEPING YOU CONNECTED TO WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE DOING.

SALTWATER MARKETPLACE

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A NEW PANAMA CITY BEACH CAFE

NO. 1 IN NATION FOR ONLINE BACHELOR’S DEGREES

A funny thing, this journey called life... You just never know where the next turn in the path will come. Ours led us to a little café, coffee shop, and market called Saltwater Marketplace.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide has again been named the No. 1 educator in the nation for online bachelor’s degrees, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report listing. This is the fourth consecutive year we have secured a spot on one of the most coveted annual rankings of the best online educators in the United States. Schools are evaluated on student services and engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and technology. Embry-Riddle Worldwide serves more than 22,000 students online and at 125 campuses in the United States and globally. This is quite an honor to be among other notable colleges and universities such as Temple University, University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University, and University of Florida. For the complete U.S. News & World Report 2017 list, go to www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors.

Think about it—who doesn’t want to have a coffee shop on the beach where the dress code is swimsuits and flip flops, the conference calls are in the salty air, and the meetings are on the white sands of the Emerald Coast. This vision that became our labor of love unfolded a few months ago. We knew we wanted a place where friends will gather with a warm smile to go with a hot cup of Starbuck’s coffee or cold drink. A place where, for a moment, the waves of relaxation wash over and you can quiet your mind. Many weekend afternoons we will have live music on our patio, featuring local musicians, and if we have rain, we can always move the music inside! We serve breakfast and lunch. Some of our breakfast items are fresh baked biscuit sandwiches, ham & cheese stuffed croissants, muffins, and more (and of course Starbucks Coffee). For lunch, enjoy an artisan pizza, handcrafted sandwich, or a chopped salad. We also have soda, beer, wine, and other assorted beverages. There is so much to say about our quaint Panama City Beach café that I would like to share, so stop by and see us and we will share our café-coffee shop story with you. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or you can visit our website at www.saltwatermarketplace.com.

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Embry-Riddle Worldwide has earned numerous accolades including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation by the Center for Online Education, as well as being designated a top military-friendly school by Victory Media. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide became one of the first to offer distance learning. Today, we continue to raise the bar. Along with other Embry-Riddle Worldwide locations the Embry-Riddle Tyndall/Panama City Campus offers online degree programs with 12 undergraduate and 10 graduate terms throughout the year. Each term is nine weeks in length providing each individual a flexible schedule for their hectic life.


HOLY NATIVITY EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

NICK’S SLICE OF BROOKLYN

Holy Nativity Episcopal School proves learning is fun. The joyful faces of our Jr. Pre-K to Kindergarten students can be found on our playground and in our classrooms where imaginations run free. Science, language, and math are taught with hands-on experiences such as becoming the Big Bad Wolf and blowing straw, sticks, and bricks to learn the physics of The Three Little Pigs. Our Early Education Department develops a love of learning that will be the foundation for lifelong education.

When it’s time for your inevitable weekly or even bi-weekly pizza dinner in Panama City Beach, there is a new place where Front Beach meets Hutchison Road that everyone is talking about—and for good reason. Nick’s Slice of Brooklyn has quickly made their mark on the beach with great food and an awesome atmosphere for the entire family.

PROVING LEARNING IS FUN EVERYDAY

In 1st-5th, this passion for learning continues. With almost 60 years of experience, Holy Nativity is a perfect mix of history and tradition with ever evolving technology. Students create traditional projects hand-in-hand with technological experiences. For example, one class culminates a study of Earth by creating a model of the planet after taking a virtual reality field trip to the cosmos. Special area teachers couple with 3-K through 5th grade classes to provide Spanish, Technology, P.E., Music, Library, and Art. Our middle school provides rigorous core courses including Pre-AP Language Arts, Advanced math, and Honors Science and Social Studies, plus an array of electives providing students with everything needed for academic success while exploring areas of personal interest. Electives include visual and performing arts, musical instruction, tennis, sailing, yoga, running club, coding, and a writing workshop taught by a published author. HNES graduates achieve 100% acceptance into high school advanced academic programs. The success of our students and the overwhelming achievements of our graduates speak for the excellence of our school.

A NEW PIZZERIA & BAR IN PANAMA CITY BEACH

What makes Nick’s pizza and stromboli stand out? It’s authentic. Nick puts his hometown of Brooklyn and 30 years of experience in everything he makes. The dough, desserts, and famous marinara are all made in house. Nick even makes his own fresh mozzarella cheese every morning. You’re also sure to have a good time during your visit. With a full bar and friendly outgoing staff, you just might think you’ve stepped into a real New York pizzeria. While you’re there, don’t forget to give Nick your best New York “How you doin?” Once you meet him, you’ll know for sure he’s from Brooklyn, and you’ll understand why everything is so delicious. So the next time you’re deciding where to eat, Nick has one word for you—Fuhgeddaboudit! Stop by and see us at 13528 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach.

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Fresh Seafood, Oysters, Steaks, and mo’! Since the doors first opened in 1999 and we served our very first customer, Montego Bay has been a favorite of vacationers and locals alike. Our Caribbean-themed “surf and turf” eatery serves up fresh Gulf seafood, mouthwatering steaks, barbecue ribs, fresh raw oysters, world-famous gumbo, and many more specialty dishes—all with a decidedly Southern twist. Good value, generous portions, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere has made Montego Bay a regular stop on so many tourist’s itineraries when they return each year.

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BAY COUNTY INDUSTRY UPDATE | ROYAL AMERICAN BEACH GETAWAYS

ROYAL AMERICAN BEACH GETAWAYS

ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH VACATION RENTALS BY CHOICE HOTELS

A

t the November Boardwalk Beach Resort Condominium Owners

our inventory,” Greer added. “To do that, we’re guaranteeing owners’

Reception, Royal American Beach Getaways General Manager Lee

annual and monthly income in writing. Meeting those guarantees and

Ann Leonard announced that the vacation rental management company

keeping owners satisfied means garnering the most exposure possible

is now a Vacation Rentals by Choice HotelsTM member.

for their units. Leveraging the power of a national brand enables us to deliver maximum exposure and, ultimately, maximum owner income.”

“The Choice website, ChoiceHotels.com, enjoys more than 175 million website visits annually, and now those guests will have the opportunity

“Choice Hotels is extremely selective when identifying potential vacation

to book your condos,” Leonard told the more than 50 owners present.

rental partners,” said Steve Caron, Vice President of Vacation Rentals by

Leonard added that all owners on the Royal American program will

Choice Hotels. “Royal American’s property portfolio was the right fit,” he

benefit from Choice Hotels’ large-scale advertising efforts as well as their

added.

award winning rewards program, Choice Privileges®. For partnering with Royal American, owners will receive discounted stays at Choice properties in the USA as well as elite status in Choice Privileges® providing the opportunity to earn rewards including free nights and

ABOUT ROYAL AMERICAN BEACH GETAWAYS:

digital gift cards good at more than 80 different restaurants and retailers. Royal American Beach Getaways currently represents approximately In March 2014, Royal American forged a strategic alliance with global

200 owners in more than fifteen different Panama City Beach, Florida,

distribution giant HomeAway.com, investing a quarter of a million dollars

properties. The company is based in Panama City Beach, and senior

to flood the travel website with its property listings. “Partnering with

management lives in and serves the community and destination. To

Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels was the logical next step,” Vice

learn more about Royal American’s program, vacation rental owners can

President of Operations Mike Greer commented. “Our goal is to double

call (850) 230-4611 or visit RABeachGetaways.com.

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BAY COUNTY INDUSTRY UPDATE | BAY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE

THE ST. JOE COMPANY AND THE BAY EDA WELCOME GKN AEROSPACE TO VENTURE CROSSINGS ENTERPRISE CENTRE

T

he St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) (“St. Joe”)

are pleased that a company of the stature of

project is an excellent example of how our

and the Bay Economic Development

GKN Aerospace will be bringing high quality

focused economic development recruitment

Alliance today announced that one of the

aerospace manufacturing jobs to Bay County.

efforts are helping to create good jobs for the

world’s largest independent first tier suppliers

Manufacturing has a high economic multiplier

citizens of Bay County and the entire Northwest

to the international aviation industry, will

effect so we remain committed to working

Florida region.”

expand its operations by locating a new

with the Bay County EDA and other partners to

manufacturing facility in Venture Crossings®

continue to attract quality job creators.”

Enterprise Centre in Bay County, Florida.

“We are committed to making the Bay County site successful. This is the company’s first

Aerospace’s

location in the state and that is a complement

GKN Aerospace intends to lease this new

Mike

Aerostructures North America business said,

Grunza,

CEO

of

GKN

to our community,” Bay County Commission

manufacturing facility, which will be developed

“This investment emphasizes our commitment

Chairman

and owned by a subsidiary of St. Joe and

to manufacturing in North America, as this

outstanding company with a proven history

designed to meet GKN Aerospace’s specific

new world-class facility will create jobs and

and they will be a great addition.”

requirements. With this new facility, GKN

strengthen our competitive position in the US

Aerospace plans to make a capital investment

aerospace market for the future. The excellent

“We are ecstatic to welcome GKN Aerospace to

of approximately $50 million and create 170

support we have received from Bay County

Bay County, Florida! The creation of 170 new

new jobs for highly skilled employees.

EDA, Governor Rick Scott’s office, higher

jobs along with a capital investment of more

educational partners and The St. Joe Company

than $50 million will have a legacy impact

This project was made possible through the

made Florida an ideal location for GKN.”

in our local economy said Clint Mizell 2016

combined efforts of Enterprise Florida, the

“This is incredible news for Bay County and the

Chairman of the Bay Economic Development

University of West Florida, Bay County Economic

State of Florida,” said state Rep. Jay Trumbull.

Alliance. “Our community came together as

Development Alliance (“Bay County EDA”), the

“When a global aerospace leader choses your

a team to land this “game changing” project.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity,

community to open a manufacturing facility, it

We cannot say enough thanks to the many

Bay County Board of County Commissioners,

puts you on the international map. This is just

individuals and organizations that helped and

CareerSource Florida, CareerSource Gulf Coast

the beginning, and we will not stop until Bay

supported our efforts.”

and Gulf Coast State College.

County is the economic engine for Florida’s Panhandle.”

Jorge

Gonzalez,

The

St.

Joe

Company’s

President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We

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Bill

Dozier

said.

“GKN

is

an

The Venture Crossings business park is a “Florida First Sites” Certified Site. Florida First

Florida State Senator George Gainer said, “This

Sites is a regional site certification program for


project-ready sites in the State of Florida.

manufacturing, innovative engine systems

Each certified site undergoes a rigorous

and smart transparencies help to reduce

screening process, ensuring that pre-work

emissions and weight on the aircraft and

has been complete, taking the majority of

enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace

the risk out of the site selection process.

is market leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems

With commercial and industrial land for sale,

and operates in 15 countries at 60 locations

lease or development, Venture Crossings®

employing approximately 17,000 people.

Enterprise Centre offers a strategic location

© 2017, The St. Joe Company. “St. Joe®”,

for

“JOE®”, the “Taking Flight” Design®, “St. Joe

or

those

seeking

consolidate

a

to

launch,

business.

expand

High

tech

manufacturers, such as GKN Aerospace and

(and Taking Flight Design)®” are registered service marks of The St. Joe Company.

Harris Corporation, have been drawn to Venture Crossings due in part to its potential for 24/7 operations and for transportation options via air, land or sea. Numerous real estate options exist, including pad-ready sites and build-to-suit construction — offering businesses flexibility and capacity to grow. Anchored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, major arterial highways and several nearby Florida Gulf coast military installations, Venture Crossings can provide the connections and solutions for a broad range of expanding businesses. A premier location and a motivated workforce with numerous training and educational facilities nearby create a nurturing environment for businesses.

ABOUT THE ST. JOE COMPANY The St. Joe Company together with its consolidated subsidiaries is a real estate development,

asset

management

and

operating company with real estate assets and

operations

currently

concentrated

primarily between Tallahassee and Destin, Florida. More information about St. Joe can be found on its website at www.joe.com.

ABOUT GKN AEROSPACE GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multitechnology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft

manufacturers,

GKN

Aerospace

develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies– for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world. Light weight composites, additive

Important Notice Regarding ForwardLooking Statements: This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the construction of a new manufacturing facility and the proposed lease of that facility to GKN Aerospace, St. Joe’s commitment to working with partners to continue to attract quality job creators and the potential advantages offered to businesses in growth and other development stages by the location and other characteristics of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre. The statements made by St. Joe are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include St. Joe’s ability to enter into a lease agreement with GKN on favorable terms and to design a facility to meet GKN’s specific needs, the success of St. Joe and its partners in continuing to attract quality job creators, the ability of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre to provide the anticipated connections and solutions for expanding businesses and other factors beyond St. Joe’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements contained in St. Joe’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including St. Joe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 3, 2016 as updated by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other current report filings. St. Joe undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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SAVOR A MATTER OF TASTE UNwineD is on the Move BY CHRIS CHAMBERLAIN

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ust in time for the return of gentle spring weather, Visit Panama City Beach is partnering with Garden & Gun magazine to revamp and move a signature tasting event, UNwineD, to the spring. In previous years, UNwineD has been celebrated as an autumnal event,

but with spring of 2017 the event itself will be reborn and reach heights previously unimagined. Scheduled for Friday and Saturday March 24-25, this year’s event is titled “UNwineD: Celebrating Craft Beer, Spirits & Wine,” and has all sorts of new surprises in store for attendees. On Friday, Garden & Gun will kick off UNwineD with the ultimate VIP experience, teaming up some of their favorite Southern culinary experts to cook up— and mix up— the finest dishes and cocktails served south of the Mason-Dixon Line. This ticketed VIP experience will offer 250 attendees a chance to taste and sip spirited cocktails and unique food pairings while enjoying live music and lively conversation. Saturday, the Grand Tasting at UNwineD will start things off with a delightful afternoon of food, drink and fun while offering sample products from invited wineries, breweries and distilleries. This, however, is merely prelude to the “Picnic in the Park & Concert,” with headlining musical act The Avett Brothers, who will take the stage at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. The Grammy-nominated band’s style has been described as folk, Americana and American roots music, and their albums have reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Americana/Folks Albums chart, as well as No. 1 positions on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Top Album Sales. WWW.PCBEACH.ORG

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED BAND THE AVETT BROTHERS HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS FOLK, AMERICANA AND AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC, AND THEIR ALBUMS HAVE REACHED THE NO. 1 POSITION ON BILLBOARD’S AMERICANA/FOLKS ALBUMS CHART, AS WELL AS NO. 1 POSITIONS ON TOP ROCK ALBUMS, ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS AND TOP ALBUM SALES. The appropriately named “Picnic in the Park & Concert” begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and will offer food and beverages for sale, including select bottles of wine from the Grand Tasting to enjoy on-site. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to join the fun at Aaron Bessant Park— adjacent to the Pier Park entertainment and shopping complex— for a weekend of tasting wines from around the globe; regional, national and international craft beers; and an assortment of fine spirits. Local restaurants and caterers will also provide small bites of coastal cuisine to accompany the tastings. Since 2011, UNwineD has traditionally been held in the fall, but by moving to the spring, UNwineD becomes a lovely way to welcome the advent of warmer weather while at the same time allowing more notable wineries to be involved in the festival. Jayna Leach, the Vice President of Marketing for Visit Panama City Beach, is very enthusiastic about the change. “What better way to ring in spring than by throwing an event that’s like a two-day Southern garden party with amazing wines, beers and spirits?,” she commented.

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This year’s inclusion and emphasis on spirits is also new to UNwineD and is quite appropriate considering how popular craft cocktails and spirits have become on the national food and drink scene. If you discover some new favorites, full bottles of wine and spirits will be available for purchase to take home at a special retail tent set up at the festival. UNwineD will be held rain or shine and is, of course, limited to patrons of legal drinking age, so remember to bring your ID. Festival attendees are advised to plan ahead for alternate transportation after the tasting sessions, and taxis will be available on-site to assist in safe rides home. More information is available at the event website at VisitPanamaCityBeach.com/UNwineD. Tickets are on sale now. VIP, Grand Tasting and single day concert passes are available until they sell out. Make your plans early so you don’t miss out on this fun-filled weekend of food, drink and music set in the beautiful environs of Panama City Beach!

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Supper at Grace OUTREACH TO THE BEACH BY JOSEPH HAGBERG

T

he big red, white and blue sign outside of Grace Episcopal

The suppers were held monthly at first. At the first supper, a small crew of

Church at 9101 Panama City Beach Parkway says that Sunday

Grace Church volunteers made soup for the one guest who appeared—

morning services are at 8 and 10:30 AM. But it also announces

but nobody came the next time. So, parishioners put up fliers in the

another kind of service to the community—that is Supper at

streets and in laundromats, supermarkets, public libraries, police stations,

Grace.

and some of the old “mom and pop” motels.

Supper at Grace is a weekly dinner offered free of charge to the hungry,

Before we knew it, people started coming for dinner more frequently,

the poor, the lonely, and the unemployed and underemployed in our

and within six months the monthly meal became a weekly event. Grace

area. Supper at Grace started years ago because of the number of

Church parishioners did most of the work themselves to begin with,

homeless people in Panama City Beach. “We were all talking, talking,

including the shopping, cooking, serving, cleaning up, and funding;

talking about helping people,” said Grace Church member Phyllis Demo.

however, now duties are shared by rotating teams on a weekly basis

“I finally said to our priest, ‘Let’s just do it,’” he added.

from a number of our local faith communities and organizations: Grace,

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Saint Andrew’s, Holy Nativity, and Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Churches; the Catholic Saint Dominic’s Church and Fellowship of St. Jude; and also the Bay Point Women’s Club. Thanksgiving Day—the fourth Thursday

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of November—always makes for a special Supper at Grace. Our people are busy the day before to decorate the hall. Bill Buskell of Pineapple Willy’s gives us turkeys cooked and delivered.

Michael Rorah,

of Salt Water Grill, adds to the festivities by entertaining our guests with holiday favorites on the piano. “The flock of Grace Episcopal Church with Father Joe Hagberg at the helm gives back to the community every holiday season with a wonderful free Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with entertainment for anyone who wants to partake,” says Mike Rorah. And, “all the trimmings” are made and served by the men and women of Grace Church, along with volunteers, who feast

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any Thursday throughout the year, the people who host Supper at Grace always make it nice for our guests, and on any given week we can expect as few as 75 for dinner and as many as over 150. Supper at Grace is every Thursday from 6-7 PM. We’re grateful to local businesses for their generous food donations. And of course, financial help is always needed. If you’d like further information, visit us at gracespirit.org or call 235-4136—or come see us at Grace Church on Sunday mornings at 8 or 10:30.

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE “

Culinary and Entertainment Off The Beaten Path BY BRYAN HUNTER

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hen you live in paradise, it’s hard to find a compelling reason to leave your particular patch of it. But one of the best benefits of venturing out occasionally is that it makes you appreciate your home turf even more, not to mention the “Aha!” moment that comes from discovering a real gem. The good news is you don’t have to buy a plane ticket – or even a tank of gas – to experience a bona fied culinary and entertainment “staycation.” If it’s been awhile since you’ve ventured over the Hathaway Bridge to the “other side” of St. Andrew’s Bay, once you’ve gone to Panama City you’ll wonder what on earth you’ve been waiting for. As a bonus, when you go you’ll discover not one, but two distinct “downtowns,” each offering its own distinctive charms – not to mention the handful of hidden gems you’ll find just slightly off the beaten path. Harrison (what most long-time residents still refer to as “Downtown”) and Historic St. Andrews each has its own vibe. Both pedestrian-friendly districts feature well-maintained sidewalks lined with restaurants, galleries, boutiques, antiques shops and watering holes. Better yet, they’re linked by a short-but-scenic (and walkable or bikeable) West Beach Drive, which skirts St. Andrew’s Bay and is lined with stately houses on sweeping lawns presided over by a parliament of ancient live oaks and pines. With all the great seafood and other irresistible delicacies, your body will thank you for pounding the pavement.

HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS We’ll start with St. Andrews, as you’ll encounter it first soon after crossing the bridge. Anchored by a beautiful marina that reflects the neighborhood’s roots as a 19th-century fishing village, Beck Avenue serves as the main thoroughfare. While Beck offers its own temptations, it also pays to venture down a few of its connecting arteries. By all means, don’t skip sauntering down to St. Andrew’s Marina itself, just one short block west off Beck on Bayview Avenue. There you’ll find Ernie Hall, a nationally heralded chef who traded in his land-lubber toques to open his own kitchen – on a boat. Permanently docked at Slip 80 on the marina just steps off Bayview (look for the distinctive red trim on the crisp white boat), Just the Cook serves up some creatively delectable Latin Caribbean-inspired fare, such as a Shrimp Tortuga, but the menu item that best matches the eclecticism of his floating kitchen is the Dan-D Donut Burger – a rosemary-seasoned all-beef burger topped with Canadian bacon, Swiss and bleu cheese, and a grilled red pepper, sandwiched between two grilled doughnuts from the locally iconic Dan-D Donuts. One bite will dispel any skepticism you may harbor about the unusual combination. | Slip 80 at St. Andrews Marina. Directly across from intersection of Bayview and 11th Street. On the other (east) side of Beck on 12th St., Little Village is an outdoor bazar that embraces a Deadhead vibe beneath trees shading brightly

Historic St. Andrews is reminiscent of a slice of Key West transported to the Emerald Coast. It offers a slightly eccentric, eclectically colorful personality perhaps best summarized by an unofficial hashtag embraced by a number of merchants and restaurants: #KeepStAndrewsSalty. As the central business district, with plenty of insurance and law offices, banks and local government offices, Harrison could be considered St. Andrew’s slightly more buttoned-up sibling, but that doesn’t mean the downtown area doesn’t know how to let its hair down and have a good time. After all, Harrison has slowly and intentionally earned a reputation as Panama City’s (and in some ways Bay County’s) Arts & Entertainment district. While the following is far from exhaustive (there is simply too much to review everything in this short space) it should be enough to get you started in exploring – and eating and celebrating – your way through Panama City. And as I’ve found on several recent trips, there’s always another surprise – old or new – just around each corner.

Famous Dan-D Donut Burger from Just The Cook

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colored individual booths reminiscent of Gypsy wagons filled with fairtrade art, crafts, and home and garden décor. But what keeps drawing me back is an outdoor rendition of Finns Island Style Grub that serves the same local brews and killer fish tacos as the Beach-side location. Opt to sit on the waterside deck for a relaxing lunch. | 2803 12th St.

When Gilbert Hamati moved to Panama City in 2007, he immediately began missing Bay City fare. His loss was Panama City’s gain as Hamati eventually filled that void by opening Trigo San Francisco Style Deli. Six years later, his downtown eatery has become a local favorite for its daily soups, salads, subs and pizzas. | 119 Harrison Ave.

As you were headed towards Little Village, right on the corner of Beck and 12th, you can’t have missed the bright yellow bungalow with a decrepit sailboat permanently beached out front. That is Hunts Oyster Bar, a local institution offering just the sort of comfort and lack of pretention you’d expect from an old-time Northwest Florida oyster shack. | 1150 Beck Ave.

Millies Café transports New Orleans just slightly east along the coast to serve up Louisiana-style seafood and poboys. If you need a powderedsugar pick-me-up, Millie’s will offer you a convincingly authentic beignet along with a cup of coffee strong enough to stand a spoon up in. Fully embracing Harrison’s status as PC’s entertainment corridor, Millies hosts a regular lineup of local music acts. | 228 Harrison Ave.

For a complete change of pace from Hunts timeless appeal, head north up Beck for two coffee shops such as you’d expect to find in Seattle or Portland. In addition to pouring an excellent selection of fresh-roasted whole bean coffees, St. Andrew’s Coffee House & Bistro also serves an astonishing ever-evolving breakfast and lunch menu (until 3:00 pm) of well-executed bistro favorites infused with Gulf Coast influences. | 1006 Beck Ave.

Contemplating a trip to Coastal Campania? Save the airfare. For more than two decades, Ferrucci Ristorante’s owner, Mike Ferrucci, has been executing perfect Italian maritime recipes by taking full advantage of the seafood coming into the Panama City Marina just blocks away. A caught-that-day pan-seared snapper treated to lemon-caper butter sauce or shrimp linguini studded with fresh zucchini, tomato and basil can only be improved when put to bed with a stunning tiramisu. Expect

With several locations scattered across the Emerald Coast, Amavida Coffee St. Andrews Café is a free-trade coffee roaster that takes its social responsibility to sustainable agriculture and fair trade as seriously as it does making excellent coffee – and that’s saying a lot. For a light breakfast or late morning snack, Amavida can also sate you with a small but delicious sampling of fresh pastries, such as an airy chocolate-filled croissant or a muffin simply bursting with blueberry sweetness. | 2997 W. 10th St.   HARRISON AVENUE The best way to get to Harrison Avenue is via the scenic route through St. Andrews, then along the bay on West Beach Drive before heading up from the south end of Harrison Avenue.

an authentically gracious greeting (and probably a quick anecdote) from Mike himself. | 301 Harrison Ave. Harrison serves as Panama City’s art and theater district, anchored by the stage of the 1936 art deco Martin Theatre, which hosts a hefty season of live music, theater, stand-up comedy and musicals throughout the year. | 409 Harrison Ave. At the foot of Harrison Avenue, the 2,500-seat auditorium at the Marina Civic Center serves as the main regional venue for major concerts and performances, as well as serves as home stage for Panama City POPS Orchestra led by David Ott, an accomplished classical music composer and conductor. | 8 Harrison Ave.

The Martin Theatre in Downtown Panama City, also known as “Harrison”

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Little Village in Historic St. Andrews


Overlooking the Massalina Bayou at Bayou Joe’s

City Arts Cooperative, just a few blocks off Harrison Avenue, provides 7,000 square feet of performance and studio space for local artists and performers, giving them a dedicated space to hone and practice their artistry. The Co-op also hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year, providing a great opportunity to pick up some local art to add to your collection. | 318 Luverne Ave. Presiding over the corner of Harrison and Fourth Street, in a striking contemporary edifice annexed to a historic Spanish Baroque Revival building, Bay Arts Alliance (BAA) operates the Panama City Centre for the Arts, committed to providing cultural enrichment to the city through a wide range of art courses including painting, sculpture and digital design. Each spring, The Centre and BAA host the Bay Annual, a juried art contest and exhibition featuring the work of local artists residing in 16 Northwest Florida counties. | 19 E. 4th Street OFF THE BEATEN TRACK g. Foley’s proudly claims the crown as the king of fine dining in Panama City. Chef Chris Infinger, a Panama City native, refined his craft at Florida Culinary Institute then in fine restaurants in West Palm Beach before returning home. Chef Infinger insists on the freshest ingredients from the bounty of the Gulf and from local growers just north of Panama City, and combines them into to dynamic, contemporary, yet not overwrought interpretations of dishes from his native region and the Lowcountry of Georgia and the Carolinas. The results are simply stunning. | 3214 W. 23rd St. Shipyard Grill at Sun Harbor Marina is the first watering hole you encounter at the east foot of the bridge, which is why you just may not want to stop there first as you may not make it any further. Shipyard offers multilevel dining and beverages, with live entertainment on the outdoor patio (which means you may not even make past the front door, even), with upscale yet unfussy American fare highlighted by uber-fresh local seafood with a hint of Greek and Caribbean fusion. Expect relaxing waterside and marina views, generously proportioned servings, live music and creative cocktails. | 5505 Sun Harbor Road

St. Andrews Ukulele Band at Little Village

This one might require you to consult your navigation system to find, but it is more than well worth the effort. Wine Knot Tapas, tucked in a corner of a neighborhood bordering downtown, is one of those places you just have to experience to believe. Owned and operated by a Spaniard, Wine Knot offers an incredible by-the-glass wine program to accompany perfectly executed, authentic Spanish tapas, such as datiles con jamon and scallop con chorizo. The wine list heavily favors Iberian varieties, as well as New World wines influenced by Spanish wine, so that it perfectly complements the fare, but a perennial favorite is its own recipe of Sangria. If you want to work up an appetite or off the calories, come before or after for one of the authentic dance classes at the studio next door and learn the Fandango. | 241 Ruth Hentz Ave. Perched right on the edge of Massalina Bayou (in fact, the covered red deck hovers just over the surface of the water) just a few minutes from Harrison Avenue, Bayou Joe’s is as authentic Old Florida as you can get. Joe’s has served generations of watermen and workers getting off the late shift from the paper mill and shipyard, which is why it is still the only the place in Panama City still serving a full breakfast menu round-theclock. Being embraced by a small marina, it’s also not unusual for the boats to come in four abreast, with in-the-know sailors simply stepping from boat deck to boat deck to get to Joe’s to belly up to a frosty mug or a signature drinks – not to mention a basket of fried fresh shrimp, oysters or grouper accompanied by some fries and hushpuppies. | 112A East 3rd Ct. After visiting Nashville, Crook and Vicki Stewart were struck by the local music scene. Inspired by their experience there, they fostered a dream to create a local music corridor in Panama City. That dream became a reality when they launched Music Matters and lodged it in a bricksand-mortar venue, Ghetto Palace, which provides a hospitable stage for budding music acts behind the façade of an unassuming two-story cinderblock house. This is as far afield as you can imagine while still being within the confines of Panama City, so you’ll certainly want to map it. It’s well worth the adventure. | 3195 E. 5th St.

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BELLINI CAFÉ & COCKTAIL LOUNGE

BREEZY’S COUNTRY COOKING

s ’ y z e e r B World renowned Master Chef Paul Albrecht creates incredibly tasty dishes every day at the Bellini Café & Cocktail Lounge located inside the Holiday Inn Panama City! Sunday Brunch is an experience you must indulge in! The Bellini Cafe and Cocktail Lounge is the new place to go for great dinning in Panama City! 850.769.0000 • hipanamacity.com 2001 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Panama City, FL 32405

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THE SHRIMP BOAT RESTAURANT

Located inside Little Village in Historic St. Andrews, our town location is one of a kind. Relax under the oaks, enjoy island food, and live entertainment. We also have a beach location, and a barista bar with amazing coffee, smoothies, and house-made kombucha.

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Breezy’s Country Cooking is a quaint, comfortable restaurant specializing in old-fashioned home style meals. Country breakfast is served all day along with generous portions of your favorite country cooking such as: country fried steak, hamburger steak, fried catfish along with many other of your favorites. Come and enjoy a great meal in a cozy atmosphere.

The Shrimp Boat Restaurant, a landmark in St Andrew’s since the 1950’s offers the finest seafood and trendy southern specialties under the direction of Chef/Food & Beverage Director Jack Davila and his talented culinary team. Spectacular service, distinctive  dishes and unsurpassed excellence makes The Shrimp Boat a unique experience not to be missed. 850-785-8706 • theshrimpboatrestaurant.com 1201 Beck Avenue Panama City, FL 32401

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We are known for our wings and Philly Cheese Steak, but guests can also enjoy our build your own menu including burgers, chicken, quesadillas, fish, shrimp and more. We have a full bar and live entertainment regularly.  Find us on Facebook, The Place Downtown or visit our website at www.theplacedowntown.net.  Open daily.

Take a break from the norm & franchised chain and stop by for healthy fresh Salads & Sandwiches made with San Francisco style sourdough bread. Catering available! 850-481-0132 • trigosfdeli.com 119 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

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Where Dining Sets Sail

TRIGO MEDITERRANEAN GRILL

Authentic Mediterranean cuisine fresh and flavorful every day at great value. Full service Bar and Catering available! 850-481-1667 • trigogrill.com 1031 West 15th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

UNCLE ERNIE’S BAYFRONT GRILL

Historic home converted to waterfront restaurant offers contemporary menu in a relaxed family atmosphere. Kick back and enjoy the view from one of our bayfront decks. Lunch, dinner and the area’s nest handcrafted beers. Live music and fabulous martinis on the top deck. 850-763-8427 • uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com 1151 Bayview Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

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2017 CADILLAC ESCALADE CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS!

Ambition on a grand scale. A beautifully crafted balance of sophistication, functionality and technology, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade was designed to exceed every expectation of what an SUV can do. With unmatched exterior style, interior comforts and a powerful standard V8 engine, nothing compares to the Escalade.

BILL CRAMER CADILLAC 2251 West 23rd St. • Panama City, FL 850-250-5489 • 877-361-1815

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SAME FAMILY OWNERS.

SAME LOCAL FOOD.

SAME GREAT SERVICE. The 1920’s family owned grocery business evolved into serving it to you to eat instead of to take home. Since then, it’s continued to be family owned and oriented with a foundation built on quality and recipes that span generations.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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Dining Guide R E S TA U R A N T M E M B E R S H I P D I R E C TO R Y

The Gulf Coast is familiar territory to find some of the freshest seafood in the country, but Northwest Florida also has a much broader scope of fantastic food for any palate! Find the fabulous flavors of Caribbean-style cooking, hearty familiarity of Southern comfort food, and the powerful punches in the always-exciting Cajun fare, all in Bay County, FL.

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DINING GUIDE | RESTAURANT MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ANGELO’S STEAK PIT

BAREFOOT ON THE BEACH

BOON DOCKS RESTAURANT

9527 Front Beach Road

11073 Front Beach Road

14854 Bay View Circle (West Bay)

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 234-2531

(850) 249-2442

(850) 230-0005

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG

BAYOU ON THE BEACH CAFE & OYSTER

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

11535 Hutchison Blvd, Suite 100

BAR

701 Pier Park Drive, Bldg. C, Suite 100

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

11115 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 249-2007

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 236-0325

(850) 249-3478 BACK PORCH - BAY COUNTY

CAPT’S TABLE FISH HOUSE RESTAURANT

16220 Front Beach Road

BILLY’S OYSTER BAR & CRAB HOUSE

1110 Beck Avenue

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

3000 Thomas Drive

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 233-1750

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 767-9933

(850) 235-2349 BAREFOOT HIDEAWAY GRILL

CAPT. ANDERSON’S RESTAURANT &

15405 Front Beach Road

BISHOPS FAMILY BUFFET

WATER FRONT MARKET

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

12628 Front Beach Road

5551 N. Lagoon Drive

(850) 249-2031

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 234-6457

(850) 234-2225

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DINING GUIDE | RESTAURANT MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY CAPT. JACK’S FAMILY BUFFET

DIRTY DICK’S CRABHOUSE

8208 Thomas Drive

9800 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 236-8555

(850) 230-3425

CARILLON BEACH SIGNATURE MARKET 30A CAFE

FATTY’S SANDWICH SHOP

105 Carillon Market St. Suite 101

15900 Front Beach Road, #105

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 602-3953

(850) 249-1515

CARRABBAS ITALIAN GRILL

FIREFLY

13820 Panama City Beach Parkway

535 Richard Jackson Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-4522

(850) 249-3359

CULVER’S OF PANAMA CITY BEACH

FIREHOUSE SUBS

11501 Panama City Beach Parkway

11560 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-0709

(850) 819-8392

DEE’S HANG-OUT 529 Richard Jackson Blvd. Panama City Beach, FL 32407 (850) 249-4264 DOMINOS PIZZA/DEBEST PIZZA, INC. 9528 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32408 (850) 819-3333 DOMINOS PIZZA/DEBEST PIZZA, INC. 272 S. Highway 79 Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (850) 819-3333 DICK’S LAST RESORT 16210 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (850) 588-0631 DIEGO’S BURRITO FACTORY AND MARGARITA BAR 15514 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (850) 249-7373

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DINING GUIDE | RESTAURANT MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY FIRST WATCH

HOOK’D PIER BAR & GRILL

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

11160 Panama City Beach Parkway, #407

16201C Front Beach Road

15750 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 234-5700

(850) 233-8232

(850) 588-5309

FISHALE TAPHOUSE & GRILL

HOOTERS

JIMMY JOHN’S

7715 Front Beach Road

12709 Front Beach Road

100 S. Pier Park Drive, Suite 105

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 640-1410

(850) 230-9464

(850) 230-6301

GUADALAJARA MEXICAN GRILL

IHOP

LIZA’S KITCHEN CAFÉ & CATERING

8730 Thomas Drive, Suite 1108

15620 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite

7328 Thomas Drive, Suite L

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

100

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-3300

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 233-9000

(850) 236-8200 HARPOON HARRY’S

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

12627 Front Beach Road

J. MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT

15721 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

3210 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 234-6060

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-4980

(850) 233-2055

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DINING GUIDE | RESTAURANT MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY LOS RANCHEROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

PANERA BREAD

11208 Front Beach Road

101 Bluefish Drive, Suite 100

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 249-5195

(850) 235-6325

MAJORS SMOKEHOUSE

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA

2701 Lisenby Avenue

11160 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite 406

Panama City, FL 32405

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 867-5356

(850) 230-3777

MARGARITAVILLE

PATCHES PUB AND GRILL

16230 Front Beach Road

4723 Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 235-7870

(850) 233-8879

MCDONALD’S SURFSIDE/COSTA ENTERPRISES

PINEAPPLE WILLY’S

16990 Front Beach Road

9875 S. Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-3060

(850) 235-0928

MIKE’S CAFÉ & OYSTER BAR 17554 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (850) 234-1942 MONTEGO BAY 437 Richard Jackson Blvd. Panama City Beach, FL 32407 (850) 233-6033 NICK’S SLICE OF BROOKLYN 13528 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 (850) 708-3177 OSAKA JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 15533 Panama City Beach Parkway Panama City Beach, FL 32413 (850) 588-8403 THE PANCAKERY OF PCB 13800 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite 110 Panama City Beach, FL 32407 (850) 588-5077

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Seafood, Steaks, Ribs, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Full Bar & More Lunch • Dinner Happy Hour

Early Bird Menu Live Entertainment

NOW SERVING BRUNCH Sat.-Sun. 8:00am Open Year Round Casual Atmosphere 2218 Thomas Dr. • Panama City Beach 850-233-9514 triplejsteakhouse.com


DINING GUIDE | RESTAURANT MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY POMPANO JOE’S

SHUCKUMS OYSTER PUB & GRILL

WHATABURGER

16202 Front Beach Road

15614 Front Beach Road

11749 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 233-1790

(850) 235-3214

(850) 230-2508

RED RAE’S

SMOK ‘N’ BUTTS BBQ

WICKED WHEEL BAR & GRILL

12011B Panama City Beach Parkway

404 S. Arnold Road

10025 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 249-7858

(850) 625-5047

(850) 340-3052

RUNAWAY BAY CARIBBEAN GRILL

SONNY’S BAR-B-Q

WINE KNOT TAPAS

3901 Thomas Drive

11341 Panama City Beach Parkway

2401 Ruth Hentz Avenue

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City, FL 32405

(850) 233-0334

(850) 230-4742

(850) 481-8364

RUNAWAY ISLAND

T.G.I. FRIDAYS

ZAXBY’S

14521 Front Beach Road

11580 Panama City Beach Parkway

9960 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 233-3907

(850) 234-0558

(850) 233-6000

SALTWATER MARKETPLACE

THE GRAND MARLIN PANAMA CITY

ZOE’S KITCHEN

15100 Front Beach Road

BEACH

15620 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

5323 N. Lagoon Drive

200

(850) 249-1620

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(850) 677-9153

(850) 233-1993

SHANE’S RIB SHACK 10100 Hutchison Blvd.

TRIPLE J STEAKS & SEAFOOD

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

2218 Thomas Drive

(850) 249-8111

Panama City Beach, FL 32408 (850) 233-9514

SHARKY’S BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT 15201 Front Beach Road

UNCLE ERNIE’S BAYFRONT GRILL &

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

BREW HOUSE

(850) 235-2420

1151 Bayview Avenue Panama City, FL 32401

SHONEY’S RESTAURANTS

(850) 763-8427

101 Bluefish Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32413

WENDY’S

(850) 234-1555

8720 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408

SHRIMP BASKET PANAMA CITY, INC.

(850) 233-0100

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An Evening Under the Stars PANAMA CITY BEACH CHAMBER 2017 ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

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he Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s celebratory Annual Awards Dinner was truly a night of recognition as it honored six outstanding Beach Chamber members. On

Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, the event was themed “An Evening Under the Stars.” The Beach Chamber would like to thank the Presenting Sponsor Noble Public Adjusting Group; the Premier Sponsor Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort; the Platinum Sponsors Visit Panama City Beach, Community Bank, and REEDS Jewelers; and the Photobooth Sponsors Beachy Beach Real Estate and Centennial Bank. This prestigious event recognized local citizens for their dedication and

Jayna Leach,

Catherine Collins,

Past Chairman Award

Young Professional of the Year Award Winner

accomplishments in the community and with the Beach Chamber. The Past Chairman’s Award was given to 2016 Chairman of the Board, Jayna Leach of Visit Panama City Beach, for her dedicated service and commitment to leading the Beach Chamber. This year’s Young Professional of the Year Award went to the Marketing Manager of Resort Collection, Catherine Collins. Catherine’s commitment to her role as a young professional in our community has made a difference to the Beach Chamber. This year’s Jean L. Schaffer Ambassador of the Year Award winner, Talena Grawburg of ServPro Bay County, is that and more. Whether it be attending ribbon cuttings and grand openings, or serving on many committees, she goes above and beyond for our chamber. She

Talena Grawburg,

Bo Williamson,

Jean L. Schaffer Ambassador of the Year Award Winner

Business Excellence Award Winner

is not only a great asset to the chamber, but also equally valuable to the community. Bo Williamson of Noble Public Adjusting Group won the Business Excellence Award for his outstanding performance through innovation, growth, and contributions to the community and to the Beach Chamber. Our Humanitarian of the Year award was given to Jimy Thorpe with A Superior Air Conditioning for his generosity and commitment to helping others in our community, especially our local veterans. This year’s Pioneer of the Year Award was given to Dan Rowe of Visit Panama City Beach. A Pioneer initiates, takes the lead, prepares the way, and participates in the development of a region. Dan’s leadership, vision, and contributions to our community has helped accomplish

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Jimy Thorpe,

Dan Rowe,

Humanitarian of the Year Award Winner

Pioneer of the Year Award Winner

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much success in our area. Congratulations to all award winners and thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Annual Awards Dinner.


THANK YOU

SPONSORS PRESENTED BY

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COMMITTEE UPDATES | HYPE

HYPE

HELPING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

EVOLVE BY CATHERINE COLLINS

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here are exciting things in store for HYPE in 2017! After two years

We have some exciting socials, enlightening tours, and informative

of faithful service as HYPE Chairman, Richard Holt has passed the

luncheons planned for this year, and maybe a few surprises in store!

honor to Catherine Collins to serve as the 2017 HYPE Chair. The chamber and HYPE committee thanks Richard for two fantastic years of leadership!

About HYPE: We encourage young professionals between the ages of 21 - 40 to get

Catherine is the Marketing Manager for Resort Collection, the largest

involved in the committee. HYPE hosts monthly events, such as Socials,

vacation rental management company in Panama City Beach. After

Professional Development Luncheons, Business Tours, Fundraisers, and

graduating from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in

more! This committee is open to both Beach Chamber members and

Sociology, Catherine landed a member services job at the Panama City

non-Beach Chamber members. If you are interested in joining HYPE or

Beach Chamber of Commerce in February 2010, and was promoted to

would like more information, please email Chamber@PCBeach.org or

Events Director in 2011. In 2015, Catherine accepted the opportunity to

call (850) 235-1159. Don’t forget to visit PCBHYPE.com for additional

work for Resort Collection but remains very active with the chamber and

information.

in the community. Aside from being the 2017 HYPE Chair, she also serves on the chamber’s Board of Directors and Women’s Symposium planning

CAPTION (left): Young professionals networking at Firefly for the HYPE Kick-Off

committee, and the United Way Communications Committee.

Social

HYPE hosted its annual kick-off social at Firefly on January 31st. If the

CAPTION (right): 2017 Hype Chairman, Catherine Collins

turnout at Firefly is any indicator for the future, we anticipate having a very involved group of members this year! If you are a HYPE member, please be sure you’re receiving our e-blasts; contact Chamber@pcbeach.org if you aren’t!

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COMMITTEE UPDATES | IDEACAMP

IDEACAMP INSPIRE. ENERGIZE . IGNITE BY KATELYN FRENCH

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deaCamp kicked off with a great start to 2017 with our first event of the year located at Ripley’s Believe It of Not!. Guest speaker Dianne Horncastle with Your Next Best Step lead participants through the topic, “Your Vision—Believe It or Not,” covering the power of vision in both your personal and professional life. There is something about Arts & Crafts that, even as an adult, is therapeutic and just... fun. Our attendance proved that, with our January registration completely selling out. Over 80 participants filled the room and went through magazines, cut out inspiration, and glued it to their own personal Vision Boards to take home. Our February IdeaCamp was just as much of a success. Guest speaker Beverly Lewis built on January’s topic of setting vision and spoke about how to take the necessary steps to bring that vision to life. Our attendees also got to learn about the importance of an “elevator speech,” a topic we will build on for March IdeaCamp. We want to thank our presenting sponsor Southwest Airlines, and our additional supporting sponsors A Superior Air Conditioning, Beachy Beach Real Estate, Panama City Toyota, and ServPro of Bay County. We also want to thank our new media sponsor Powell Broadcasting for supporting and promoting our event on their stations! Our 2017 Committee is trying very hard to continue to build on each topic, creating more value for you and your business to grow with us by the end of year. Speaking of 2017 Committee, we have several new members who have joined our team and already have stepped up to leading IdeaCamp into success. Our 2017 Committee is as follows: Mike Calidonna, James Buell, Marta Rose-Thorpe, Maria Wilson, Talena Grawburg, and Katelyn French. Last year’s mission stood strong and remains the same this year: IdeaCamp is a “forum to inspire, energize, and ignite the community through sharing, connecting, and cultivating of open-minded discussions supporting the free flow of ideas. IdeaCamp creates an experience to learn, engage, and expand your life and your business.” That mission guides us as a committee, and we hope it does the same for you. CAPTION (top): Ripley’s! Believe It Or Not staff working hard We look forward to the best year yet. Come think with us! CAPTION (bottom): IdeaCamp attendees putting together “Vision Boards” with the help of guest speaker Dianne Horncastle

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MEETING YOUR COMpaNY’s NEEDs

EXCEEDING YOUR EXPECTATIONS Imagine your next corporate luncheon, banquet or function being just steps away from our sandy beach. Unbeatable prices, top-notch catering options and flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space are all reasons for Boardwalk Beach Resort to host your company’s next event. Take advantage of our endless selection of meeting options and exclusive member to member Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce discounts.

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COMMITTEE UPDATES | AMBASSADORS

AMBASSADORS REPRESENT YOUR CHAMBER BY JEREMY HINTON

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o you like meeting new people and finding new ways to grow your business? That is exactly what the Ambassadors Committee does. We work as an extension of the Chamber staff, but with one significant catch— they only let us do the fun stuff! Our Ambassadors welcome new members to the Chamber, attend ribboncutting and groundbreaking events, greet members at Chamber functions, and network with hundreds of successful people from all over our community. In the first 5 weeks of 2017, our committee participated in 12 events. Some of our Ambassadors make it to every event, some make it to a few events—but everyone has a good time. If you would like to join our committee, let us know at chamber@pcbeach.org, or by calling the Chamber at (850) 235-1159.

AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT: AERIAL PAYNE Aerial Payne is practically a Panama City native, having attended Lynn Haven Elementary, Mowat Middle School, and finally graduating from Mosley High School in 2010. After High School Aerial immediately went into employment for the United States Fish and Wildlife Commission as a field technician. There she worked throughout the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that so greatly impacted our coastal community. Later, she went on to get her Real Estate license and now she is currently an Account Executive for PCB Entertainment, the producers of Pepsi Spring Jam and Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, which is labeled as one of the top 10 country music festivals in the nation. She also currently attends Gulf Coast State College part time and is seeking her AA in Communication/Advertising/Public Relations. As a student she works very hard for her current 3.7 GPA and is currently on the Honors List at the college. She sponsors a little boy named Bramwell Kibiwott through the Christian Relief Fund, providing him with food, clothing, medical care, schooling, and Bible teachings. Aerial is active with the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, is Chairperson of a Bay Business Connections group with the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, a proud member of the Emerald Coast Business Women’s Association, and is a certified Precinct Election Official for the Bay County Supervisor of Elections Office. She enjoys soaking up sun here on the world’s most beautiful beaches, watching Alabama football, attending Braves games and being involved in the community.

CAPTION (top): PCB Chamber Ambassadors in the Beach Chamber Boardroom for February’s luncheon sponsored by GNS Embroidery CAPTION (bottom): PCB Chamber Ambassador Spotlight Winner, Aerial Payne

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AROUND TOWN | COMMUNITY. EDUCATION. WORKFORCE. GOVERNMENT.

CAREERSOURCE KIM BODINE GULF COAST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CareerSource Gulf Coast offers a team of workforce professionals to help job seekers prepare, search, identify, train for and seize career opportunities in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. We have a proven track record in connecting prospective employees to their next position. We can help you identify employers hiring right now, develop a resume, search openings, prepare for interviews, and so much more. The array of tools is nearly endless. From classes on building your best resume to one-on-one meetings with professional workforce staff, you will find it here. And CareerSource Gulf Coast offers these valuable services at no charge to you. As one of 24 workforce regions in the CareerSource Florida network, CareerSource Gulf Coast harnesses the power of the state’s largest database of employment opportunities, the Employ Florida Marketplace. The first step for all job seekers is to register with the marketplace online

at EmployFlorida.com. Registration is easy, free, and confidential – and help is available at our Job Center, should you need assistance. Once you have completed this step you will be able to access a full range of features and services to assist in your career search. That includes learning what jobs you are qualified for, how much those jobs pay, and other points of interest. You will be able to save personal information, settings, and preferences which eliminates the need to conduct repeated searches for the same information, saving you time and effort. Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time, an existing professional, re-entering the workforce, a military veteran/spouse, or looking to enhance skills for better earning power, CareerSource Gulf Coast can assist in guiding you to leading employers and services. CareerSource Gulf Coast stands ready to assist both job seekers and employers. Stop in, call us, or visit our website. Search CareerSource Gulf Coast on Facebook. No matter how you choose to connect, we’ll be here to serve you. The Panama City Job Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and you can reach us via email at customerservice@ careersourcegc.com or by phone at 850-872-4340, ext. 100.

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AROUND TOWN | COMMUNITY. EDUCATION. WORKFORCE. GOVERNMENT.

BAY COUNTY BOARD OF PHILIP “GRIFF” GRIFFITTS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 5 Dining and entertainment options are abound in Panama City Beach and all of Bay County. The best seafood in the world is available just off our shores, and we boast some of the finest chefs around. Our beaches are beautiful and are an attraction on their own, but we also have some fantastic entertainment venues. This spring, locals and tourists alike can participate in any of a bevy of events aimed at helping us further our profile as a year-round tourist destination. In early March, Aaron Bessant Park hosted the Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show featuring the latest boats, high-tech engines, electronics, and marine accessories. March 8-11, the park will host Emerald Coast Cruizin’, a vintage and show-car expo with thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks.

Park presented by the Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and Garden & Gun magazine, featuring fare by distinguished chefs, wine and beer tasting, and a concert by Grammy-nominated American folkrock band The Avett Brothers. Late April will offer opportunities to visit the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which has been recognized as a top destination for jazz enthusiasts. The Pepsi SpringJam Music Festival will be April 28-29 at Aaron Bessant Park, with a full musical lineup all weekend and headliners Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker. In May, Thunder Beach, the Gulf Coast Iron Man and the Jeep Beach Jam are just a few of the events aimed at drawing locals and tourists. In addition to these events, the work the TDC is doing at the new sports park on the eastern side of the beach will further enhance our already robust sports marketing programs. These new events and facilities will help further portray Bay County as a year-round tourist destination, and I look forward to continuing to work toward making our county a toprated location.

UNwineD, on March 24-25, is a Southern garden party at Aaron Bessant

FLORIDA FILM JULIE GORDON OFFICE, INC. FILM COMMISSIONER Home and Garden Television (HGTV) is showing the Panhandle a whole lot of love, showing another Beachfront Bargain Hunt throughout Bay County, covering it from end to end. This episode aired rapidly after the filming, and showed Panama City Beach and Panama City’s finest beachfront bargains. But wait! HGTV sent another team back to paradise in early January with yet another new show. This one is called Beach Hunt, which features gorgeous homes on the water. This new show has a little different format and the buyers are more engaged in the community, so the area gets a nice showcasing along with the homes. While I can’t give away any secrets, I can say that the final reveal scene, or the decision making scene, was shot at Runaway Island. What gracious hosts, and even finer patrons, as they all gathered around watching the TV magic take place before their very eyes. Sweet Beach Renovations, HGTV, also wrapped up their first season and will be looking for more. The show is similar to other fix-up shows, but focuses on the Gulf Coast region, shooting the first episode in Panama City Beach’s West End.

Agency 850 Entertainment has wrapped up the filming of their first season of Insurance Wars and is now opting for another 26 episodes! This is a whole new type of show, with a Public Adjuster group standing up for homeowners when they have damage to their domiciles. Check the Insurance Wars Facebook page for local listings. It is on FOX and the CW. Stay tuned, AND if you need help with a claim, there are opportunities to participate in the show. Great job getting this on television! Congrats to the talent and crew who made the cut for several projects that filmed just over the Bay County border line. Chico’s and Macy’s shot print ads with minimal video for retailers’ usage, and paid big bucks for models and crew. You may have heard rumblings about a major music video which also shot in the Panhandle. Florida Georgia Line and Back Street Boys combined their talent for their new song, “God, My Mama, and Me.” While this was literally a painful 18 hour day shoot, many more man hours went into this project. Key positions were hired which is not typical, so we are grateful for that. Everybody did a super job, and I feel that we can count on more work from this popular production company from Nashville. You can reach the Film Office at floridafilmoffice@knology.net or (850) 819-4694. See you in the movies! floridarfilmofficeinc.com

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AROUND TOWN | COMMUNITY. EDUCATION. WORKFORCE. GOVERNMENT.

GULF COAST DR. JOHN HOLDNAK STATE COLLEGE PRESIDENT At Gulf Coast State College, we are committed to provide not only the highest quality educational programs, but also the best value in education– period. How do we accomplish this? By keeping college affordable and within reach for everyone in the communities we serve across Northwest Florida. One of the best ways we’ve achieved this is by keeping tuition in check. Our tuition has remained the same for the last five years with no increases. We are proud to say that GCSC has the #1 lowest tuition and fees for residents out of Florida’s 40 public colleges and universities. This is a major benefit for students who choose to attend Gulf Coast regardless of their major or degree program. Tackling the “textbook affordability issue,” our faculty and staff are doing their part in helping keep costs down for students. For many years, the college bookstore has offered textbook rentals while some professors are exploring other inexpensive avenues. For example, our Language & Literature Division replaced the ENC 1101 English Composition book with a free, open source text published by the State University of New York System. With the previous book costing $60, current ENC 1101 students saved over $77,000 in the first year alone. In our Mathematics Division, two faculty members wrote textbooks for two general education courses,

MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry. With an average book cost of $177 using the previous text, our students saved over $40,000 in the first year alone and even more in subsequent years. Based on this success, other instructors are working on new textbooks and the savings will continue to increase as more affordable options are created and expanded upon. Lastly, the College is creating a new event designed specifically for those who may have credits from “for-profit” colleges or institutions that have closed in recent years, like ITT. The event is called “TransferNow!” and will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out if the credits you’ve already earned from another school will transfer to GCSC. Experts in admissions, advising, and academic programs will be able to evaluate your transcript on the spot– just bring “official” hand carried transcripts to expedite the process. “TransferNow!” is open to anyone, and we’ll also host a second one in June specifically for active military, veterans, and their spouses. To make it even easier, you can also contact the Admissions Office and make an appointment at your convenience (850.769.1551 ext. 4888). When you look at everything Gulf Coast State College has to offer, we are by far the best value in Florida–maybe in the country– and we promise to do everything we can to keep it that way.

BAY ECONOMIC BECCA HARDIN DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Every two years, Development Counsellors International honors young professionals from across the globe for exceptional contributions to the economic development industry and to recognize the profession’s rising stars. This year, two professionals from Panama City were selected to join the elite “40 Under 40” Class of 2017 for their outstanding achievements, experience, innovation and track record to the community and profession. Among the 40 young professionals honored was our own Vice President Scarlett Phaneuf, chosen as among the “new breed of results-driven place makers in the economic development world.” A young leader who “isn’t afraid to disrupt industry standards and raise the bar for achieving community prosperity,” Phaneuf has served as the vice president of Bay EDA for the past four years. At only 32 years old, she said she feels most successful when helping the community become successful, and is extremely humbled and honored to be a recipient of the award. “We have to remind ourselves that economic development is not a sprint but a marathon,” she said. “We are successful when helping to locate a

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company that is creating new jobs that impact our neighbors, family and friends for generations to come. That’s why I get up and do this job every single day.” As a volunteer member of various boards and committees across Northwest Florida, such as CareerSource Gulf Coast and Florida’s Great Northwest, Phaneuf knows it takes a lot of people working together to help grow the region’s economy. Bay County’s economic development, she said, is very promising. “We are seeing the seeds that we’ve been planting for years finally come to fruition, and the overall state of the local, state and national economy is breeding tremendous activity for us,” Phaneuf said. “Gulf Power and other groups and agencies are critical and valued partners in economic development in not only Bay County, but in the entire Northwest Florida region.” Phaneuf represents a bright future for the economic development world and I am honored to have her on our Bay EDA team. Scarlett is a true professional, focused on what it takes to help create jobs in our region. The “40 Under 40” awards are the only awards of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program is managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.


AROUND TOWN | COMMUNITY. EDUCATION. WORKFORCE. GOVERNMENT.

FSU DR. RANDY HANNA PANAMA CITY INTERIM DEAN It is an exciting time at FSU Panama City, and I feel an enhanced level of energy from our faculty, staff, and students. Starting the new calendar year with our Welcome Back Symposium, faculty and staff heard from Provost Sally McRorie, learned about new initiatives, and honored staff members and community leaders for their contributions. This semester also brought a number of new faces to the university, including some existing faculty taking on new duties, such as Dr. Amy Polick accepting the position as interim associate dean for academic affairs. As we look to grow enrollment and to meet the needs of our region and community, several things will be critical. First, we must offer more programs that our students want and need. We are developing new undergraduate and graduate degree programs that would be natural fits for this community and are designed to foster creativity and professionalism for future business leaders. In addition, we will be working hard to enhance student activities. In January, our first flag football team competed in the NIRSA National Flag Football tournament. Although we didn’t come home with a

championship win, players said the experience made them feel like collegiate athletes. To create a more diverse campus life, I have asked Student Affairs to roll out more student activities, from club sports to Brain Bowl and robotics. We also will continue to enhance the learning experience to deliver a quality educational experience. Our faculty, staff and administration have been working tirelessly to ensure FSU Panama City fosters engaged learning for all current and future students. FSU Panama City is dedicated to creating a supportive, experiential, and challenging environment designed to maximize learning and cultivate student success. We are committed to providing the tools, services, and real-world experiences to help students excel in the classroom and beyond. Through undergraduate research, community service, internships or job shadowing, our students will be prepared to have a greater impact in their communities, achieve their career goals, and look forward to a life of purpose after graduation. Our students will have the opportunities to create their own academic path, with one-on-one guidance from our faculty and advisors every step of the way, making this truly “the FSU that fits you.”

CONVENTION & DAN ROWE VISITOR’S BUREAU PRESIDENT & CEO As Panama City Beach ushers in a new era in spring visitation, it’s fitting to celebrate “Dining and Entertainment” in the pages of The Circuit magazine. Not only does spring weather call for celebration, but never before has there been so many fun activities and festivals coming to Panama City Beach.

celebrating its 19th year) and the Pepsi Spring Jam (headliners Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker take the stage in the event’s 2nd year), the spring air will be alive with music and fun in 2017. We’re particularly excited about our partnership with Garden & Gun magazine to move UNwineD to the spring and make it extra special – we’re even offering the chance to see the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers for only $10 as part of UNwineD’s lineup of activities (Other shows at their tour start around $45.).

Over the past 5 years, visitation to Panama City Beach has doubled in the fall, thanks in large part to a focus on fall events that give our friends more and more reasons to come visit, have a great time, and help keep our local economy strong through the shoulder season. Now we are bringing that same strategy of events-based entertainment to bear on the spring season, with the goal of letting families and adults who are free to travel during those times know that there could be no better destination for springtime fun than Panama City Beach.

We’re helping spread the word of Panama City Beach’s brand new spring with a ramped-up marketing campaign that will allow us to digitally match our ads to the perfect demographic, helping get our message out more efficiently and effectively, and we hope you will join us in spreading the good news, helping increase tourism, and safeguarding the $1.5 billion in direct spending that it brings to our local economy every year.

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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE | SHANNON RICHMOND, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP SERVICES With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, we’re starting to think about spring here at the Beach Chamber. The beginning of our busy season is right around the corner and I can feel the excitement as I am out and about visiting all of our members. Whether you are a new member or established, your Beach Chamber can be an amazing resource for networking and customer acquisition— but you have to make the most of what is offered! Here are some helpful tips: 1. Visit our website, www.pcbeach.org, to verify that your membership listing is listed correctly and under the categories you selected. Keep in mind, only one category will be listed in our printed annual membership directory. 2. Make sure you are receiving our e-blasts (Beach Buzz weekly e-newsletter, Networking Events, and more) for Chamber and Community updates. 3. Mark your calendar at the beginning of the month with networking opportunities that you or someone from your business can attend—we have plenty to choose from! 4. Face to Face interaction leads to stronger relationships. The Chamber brings the people together, you just have to show up with plenty of business cards. 5.

Join one of our many committees: Ambassador, Education Partnership, HYPE, IdeaCamp, and/or Military Affairs.

Your Chamber family is dedicated to protecting and promoting our local business community and to help business owners network and grow. Need help making the most of your membership? Call or e-mail me with any questions—I would be happy to help you connect the dots! To helping you grow, Shannon (850) 890-8069 shannon@pcbeach.org

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Advanced Technology Center at GCSC

St. Patrick’s Day City Council Meeting

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GRAND OPENINGS &RIBBON CUTTINGS

The Ambassador Committee welcomes the newest members of the Beach Chamber. If you haven’t scheduled your business grand opening or ribbon cutting, contact your membership representative for more information and available dates.

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NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS 30Avenue America’s Mattress American Custom Printing Ameriprise Financial - Wendy B. Meyer, CFP, CRPC Arthur Rutenberg Homes BCB Construction Barefoot Hideaway Grill Barefoot On The Beach Bayside Photography Beach Dental Studio Beach Jeeps, LLC Beachy-cations, LLC BeautiControl Bottoms Up Cleaning & Detailing, LLC Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church Coastal Pediatric Group, LLC Colossal Construction Renovation of Florida, LLC Coomer’s Pool Spas and Cleaning

Renewals - 1 Year Beach Properties of Florida LLC dba Berkshire Hathaway Home Services City Produce Coastal Sun Realty Holiday Golf Club Prescott Architects Quincy’s Air Conditioning Shuckum’s Oyster Pub & Grill SouthernCAT, Inc. Stanley E. Peacock, P.A. Renewals - 2 Years Acentria Insurance Aqua View Motel At Home Comforts Pet Sitting, LLC Bay Point Marina Carpet Care Specialists Culver’s of Panama City Beach Dermatology SouthEast Panama City Diego’s Burrito Factory and Margarita Bar Emerald Coast Alarms, Inc. Four Star Condo Services GNS Embroidery & Screen Printing Movement Mortgage Panama City Scottish Festival Pawn Depot Shrimp Basket Panama City, Inc. SmartBank State Representative Jay Trumbull Sugar Sands Insurance, Inc. Texas Roadhouse Vitamins R Us Health Foods, Inc. Wireless Advantage/Verizon Wireless Renewals - 3 Years Beach Powered Mobility Booyah Mortgage LLC

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Daffin Insurance Services, Inc. Destination Panama City Dream Day Spa Fire Dog Solutions Five-Star Audio Visual Fritz Financial & Consulting Gulf Beach Weddings Ink Trax, Inc. iTrip Vacations Jacan Cleaning, LLC JH & A Construction & Engineering Jimmy John’s JNJ Apparel, LLC Karen White, John Maxwell Team L.P.I. Landrum Human Resources Lynn Haven Ledger/Health Care Monthly Mark Kinkade State Farm Insurance Mobile Communications

Brown Insurance Agency, LLC - Allstate DSI Security Services Epic Photo Co. Gilmore Services Global Educational Concepts Graham & Company Grand Floridian Builders, Inc. Gulf View Medical Panhandle Getaways Patches Pub & Grill Pier Park North Roussos Air Conditioning Runaway Island Beach Bar & Grill Smith & Associates Property Management of Bay County, Inc. Surfside McDonald’s Restaurant/Costa Co. of the Emerald Coast Team Adaptive, Inc. The Repertory Theatre - Seaside Florida The Work Studies Institute TMD Virtual, LLC VIP Resort Properties, LLC Renewals - 4 Years Current Electrical Technologies Dan Hinz Coaching Domino’s Pizza/DeBest Pizza, Inc. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Architects, Inc. Jeepin Beach Jam Koehnemann Construction Mr. Trash, LLC Panama City Beach Aquatic Center Panama City Beach Entertainment, LLC Shepard Law The Print Shop, LLC Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill & Brew House

Nick’s Slice of Brooklyn Ocean Breeze By The Sea Resorts Omicron Granite & Tile Rainbow Pediatrics Robin Ruth Gulf Coast Saltwater Marketplace Senator George Gainer Southernista Fashionista Sun Dermatology Superior Productions Marketing The Garland Company The HOPE Project The Pancakery of PCB Tropic PC Two Men And A Truck Weakley Getaways Who Dey Prints & Embroidery Wholesale Travel Partners Your Next Best Step

Renewals - 5 Years Bay Health Foundation Carpe Diem Community Solutions Classic Carpets Plus Color Tile Community Bank D1 Landscape & Irrigation Days Inn Emerald Coast Medical Association Fishale Taphouse & Grill Georgia Tech Research Institute Joey Kirkland Insurance, Inc. Liberty National Insurance Newby’s Trading Company Nichols & Associates of Bay County, Inc. Panama City Beach Luxury Properties Samuel Taylor Homes Renewals - 6 Years Bay County Alzheimers Alliance, Inc. David Weekley Homes Haney Technical Center Panama Beach Time Surf Style Vacation Home Manager, LLC Renewals - 7 Years Animal Care Center/Beaches Pet Resort Barry Tate Bay Economic Development Alliance Centennial Bank Prine Orthodontics Target Marketing WFSU Renewals - 8 Years Emerald Coast Dale Carnegie Training Factory Direct Furniture LLC Hidden Lagoon Super Racetrack and Golf, Inc.


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Buddy’s Seafood Market Frimet to Z Auto Center Holiday Inn Club Vacations Northwest Florida Surgery Center Panama City Toyota St. Bernadette Child Development Academy T.G.I. Fridays The Ark/Pour Coffee Shop Thunder Beach Productions, Inc. Renewals - 16 Years American Red Cross/Central Panhandle Chapter Boomer Aviation, Inc. Capt. Tom Corley & Son Marine Surveyors, Inc. CJ Ryan Media Management Hidden Dunes Condominiums Tim Allen Photography The Wisteria Inn Renewals - 17 years Covenant Care FSBDC (Florida Small Business Development Center) Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop Sea Side Villas Condominium, Inc. Renewals - 18 Years Powell Broadcasting Renewals - 19 Years Atkins The St. Joe Company Renewals - 20 Years Angelo’s Steak Pit Grease Pro, Inc. Renewals - 21 Years Camper’s Inn, Inc. Driftwood Lodge Padgett Business Service State Attorney’s Office Renewals - 22 Years Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System Mariner West Owner’s Association Renewals - 23 Years Coastal Communications Early Education and Care, Inc. Gulf Coast State College Kedrick Cerry, Inc. Renewals - 24 Years Club La Vela Culligan Water Services Hombre Golf Club Renewals - 26 Years City of Panama City Beach Renewals - 27 Years Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort

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