Condo Owners Open Doors After Oaseas Closes Theirs

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH - There will be a lot of angry tourists arriving in Panama City Beach this weekend, thinking they have a place to stay and finding out they don't.

Oaseas Resorts management closed its doors Wednesday, leaving vacationers and condo owners high and dry.

Other rental management companies and condo owners say they're almost forced into lending a hand, just to save the beach's reputation.

This weekend will be one of the last big tourist weekends of the summer.

Some beach business leaders are concerned it will be memorable for the wrong reason.

They're afraid people who booked their vacations through Oaseas Resorts will be left standing in the parking lot, along with the luggage, because Oaseas has closed for business and can't refund the money.

So condo owners like Tom Duncan are stepping-in to save some tourists.

He's donating his Shores of Panama condo unit for the weekend.

"We just volunteered to allow them to use my room until we get some people situated i guess that's going to be without a home this weekend," said Duncan.

The beach rental community is calling it "Operation Save Face"

Emerald View rental management organized the effort.

So far 50 condo owners have donated their units for the weekend.

"Well this is a bad situation, not only for the Shores of Panama owners, but also for Panama City Beach and all the resorts that are here and somebody needs to help these guests because they saved their money all year to come down here and enjoy it," said Tom Donahue with Emerald View Rental Management.

Emerald View management staff emailed condo owners asking if they'd participate.

The goal is to keep vacationers from being stranded by Oaseas' actions.

"Everywhere is booked. No one has a reservation available for us and you know we would also have to shell out another grand, just to make this weekend trip. It's pretty frustrating, it's completely unprofessional,"said Jennifer Whitman who had booked through Oaseas.

Former Oaseas employees have e-mailed condo owners telling them Oaseas "will not refund" tourists and "they could dispute the charges on their account to their credit card company".

Panama City Beach police have set up a special section on their website for condo owners, tourists or employees who want to file a complaint against Oaseas Resorts.

The first of the criminal complaints was filed Thursday.

You can find a copy of the criminal complaint form below. Print the form. Fill it out and email it to Sgt. Talamatez (etalamantez@beachpolice.org). You can go to the
Panama City Beach Police Department's website and click on Oaseas Complaint Form.


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