Next week, the first large wave of college students arrives for spring break. It’s a major economic driver for Panama City Beach but it has been known to cause a headache or two for locals.
Susan Estler is the vice president of the TDC and she talks about the changes being brought to spring break.
Community changes in the way spring break is handled started at the TDC facilitated community round tables. City and County officials are actively sharing information.
That along with spring break being charged to a special event instead of community event. Now, there is a permitting process allowing officials time to prepare for incoming acts.
There will be extra patrols on the beach to interact with beachgoers. Something as simple as sidewalks and coordinating parking with surrounding businesses should help to ease congestion in club areas.
Some events that will be happening during spring break are:
Free pancake breakfast at Rock-it Lanes hosted by Lifeway Christian Resources on March 11th thru 14th at 10am until 1pm.
This year’s performers around the beach will be: Luke Bryan, Manufactured Superstars, Montgomery Gentry, FL GA Line, and Colt Ford.
Taking a look at the numbers, the next three weeks will see the biggest crowds of students. Nationally between March 2nd through the 9th, 1.4 million students will be on spring break, March 10th through 16th 3.2 million, and March 17th through 23rd 1.8 million. Of those, our area will see between 250,000 and 300,000 spring breakers.