The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful 2012, and welcomed the new officers for 2013 Thursday night.
The Beach Chamber held it's annual awards dinner at the Edgewater Beach Resort, recognizing a number of business leaders.
The chamber's biggest honor of the year, the Pioneer Award, went to veteran beach restaurant owner Jack Bishop. "This is my 44th year on the beach doing business. Sometimes I say, I survive Panama City Beach, you know? And, being that this is the last year for the Breakers, it's pretty amazing for me to get this award this time. I'm really, I was really shocked."
Derrick Bennett the Chamber’s Chairman says the big item on the Board of Directors plate right now is finding a new leader. "Right now, the chamber is without a president. So, currently, there is a committee formed that is looking for the next leader for the chamber. One of the key things things we are looking for in that leader is someone that can grow the chamber membership to heights that it has never been, as well as improve our relationships with the city, the TDC, and the county."
Jack Bishop also says he decided to close his signature restaurant, the Breakers, later this year after more than 40 years.