Lobster Festival & Pirates Party On As Scheduled
After ravaging the Caribbean and causing massive flooding in much of Florida, Irma passed through the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm and caused minimal damage.
The city of Panama City Beach reports the storm had “minimal impact.”
The beaches, golf courses, attractions and accommodations are open and people with plans to travel to the area are being encouraged to stick with those plans. The PCB weather forecast for the next few days is sunny with temperatures in the low 80s.
Panama City and neighboring beaches such as Destin and Miramar Beach became safe havens for Sunshine State residents who packed up to escape Irma.
“Did the world’s fastest evacuation,” Cocoa Beach resident Adam Saal told PubClub.com. “Came to Miramar Beach. Our house (near Daytona Beach, on Florida’s east coast), is A-OK.”
“Throughout the weekend, friends and neighbors to the east joined other visitors in Panama City Beach,” said Dan Rowe, Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO. “We wish them all safe travels as they return home.”
He added, tho, “our hearts go out to those in the Caribbean and Florida who were impacted by Irma as well as residents of South Texas who are still recovering from Harvey.”
In addition to the beaches, all hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, go-kart tracks, putt-putt golf courses as well as real golf courses and all other things that attract people to Panama City Beach are open and fully operating, its upcoming events are also all on as scheduled.
The 28th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament will take place Sept. 25- Oct. 1, giving divers the opportunity to compete while others can have a lobster feast.
The Pirates of the High Seas Festival is Oct. 6-8, which includes parades and sword-swinging showdowns. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Local tourism officials are streaming Facebook Live accounts of area beaches and the destination’s webcam, www.visitpanamacitybeach.com is operating, per usual.