Spring Break 2006 Was a Bust at Panama City Beach

The numbers are back and Spring Break 2006 was a bust at Panama City Beach.

The Bay County Tourist Development Council says the number of spring breakers partying on Panama City Beach was down nearly 15 percent from last year.

Maybe it's the lack of hotel rooms, or the increased rates for those that are still around and for the new condo, but for some reason many spring breakers are no longer choosing Panama City Beach.

Experts use bed taxes on hotel, motel and condo rooms to gauge the number of people staying in here. The Bay County tax collector says last year bed taxes brought in just over $641,000.

This year, only $547,000 came in. That’s a 15 percent decrease.

The Tourist Development Council says it's not just Panama City Beach which is loosing its spring breakers. They say places like South Padre Island, Daytona Beach, and South Beach also have been experiencing this spring break slump.

The TDC’s executive director, Bob Warren, said this decrease doesn't come as a surprise.

"We understand that those numbers are off about 15 percent and that’s about what we calculated we were estimating a 15 percent plus reduction in spring breakers."

The Tourist Development Council said it spent over $400,000 advertising to spring breakers this year.