Ring in the New Year in Panama City Beach with the 7th Annual Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park!

Momentum is building for the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park on Wednesday, December 31 with the announcement of the Celebrity AllStar Band to be part of the celebration. Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air, beachfront shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, will herald in 2015 with more than 50,000 visitors who will commemorate the occasion with an evening of family-friendly activities, including the nation’s only family beach ball drop at 8 p.m. and a rockin’ countdown at midnight.


Pier Park is conveniently located just a short drive or walk from all Resort Collection properties! Call us today to learn about specials for the New Year’s Eve celebration! 855-512-3843

“We’re counting down for the Seventh Annual Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park, which will draw thousands of residents and visitors to Panama City Beach, Florida to enjoy the largest celebration on the Emerald Coast,” said Michael Kerrigan, director of marketing and business development at Pier Park. “As the leading resort-style shopping destination in Panama City Beach, we’re excited to ring in the New Year with family-friendly activities, an exciting line-up of live entertainment, memorable beach ball drops and more.”

The New Year’s Eve festivities will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with a family celebration along the Pier Park’s Boardwalk. Families will enjoy interactive activities like face painting, costumed characters and exclusive giveaways, as well as live entertainment provided by The Barry Fish Band, known for their renditions of popular ‘80s and ‘90s tunes. Popular teen sensation Alex Angelo will also entertain families with an interactive DJ set and then lead the crowd in the first countdown of the evening at 8 p.m. with the release of 10,000 inflated beach balls along the center’s beachfront boardwalk. This awe-inspiring activity, heralded as the nation’s only family beach ball drop, will be followed by a dazzling fireworks display.
At 8:15 p.m., the official Countdown Celebration will begin with a live musical performance by Loud Planet, a 70s, 80s and 90s rock band. At 10 p.m., event headliner, Celebrity AllStars, a versatile band comprised of former members of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks, will take the stage. The group will energize the growing crowd with a high-energy mix of current Top 40 hits and classic rock favorites to get the crowd dancing into the New Year.
Just before midnight, attendees will countdown to 2015 as an 800 pound lighted beach ball descends nearly 100 feet. This symbolic occasion will be followed by a stunning, second fireworks display.
During New Year’s Eve day and into the night, Pier Park will provide great shopping and dining options with the entire property open until 10 p.m. and select stores along Pier Park’s Boardwalk remaining open later. Popular dining options like Dave & Buster’s, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House and Rum Runners Tropical Island Grill will also be open during the evening.
For more information, please visit www.simon.com/mall/pier-park or call (85) 236-9974. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopPierPark and follow us on Twitter @PierPark and on Instagram @PierPark.

Run for the Redfish is Catching Up On Us!

$60.00 for 1/2 Marathon

$45.00 for 5K

Kids under 12 run FREE in the 1 mile “Kid’s Fun Run”

The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce has been diligently working to host the 6th Annual Run for the Redfish on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. Runners from across the country will participate in this combined half-marathon, 5K and kid’s fun run to start/finish at Pier Park. A portion of all proceeds from the event will benefit a select charity to raise coastal awareness. Race sponsors include Pier Park, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, Ocean Conservancy, the Bay County Tourist Development Council, Beach TV, and Margaritaville.

Early bird registration is currently underway, and runners are highly encouraged to get their registration forms in to the Beach Chamber, or through www.Runfortheredfish.com, and secure their spot to participate in this growing event. The early bird registration cost for the half-marathon is $50; for the 5K it is $35. Prices for the half and 5k will increase to $60 and $45, respectively, on Sunday, November 30, 2014. All runners of the half marathon and 5K will receive the traditional Run for the Redfish long-sleeved T-shirt. An after party at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville inside Pier Park will also be held in their honor as part of their participation.

“The Run for the Redfish supports the ‘couch to 5K’ encouragement aspect for improved health and well-being,” Race co-founder and Director, Paul Wohlford, states. “With the Beach Chamber’s involvement, the 6th Annual run promises to be the biggest ever, potentially reaching over 1000 runners.” The run’s course will begin at Pier Park and continue down Front Beach Road, looping back to end back at Pier Park. Half-marathon racers will start at 8:00 AM, 5K at 8:30 AM, and 10:00 AM for the kid’s fun run.

Mr. Wohlford insists that, “the run was created to focus on fishing, coastal and community awareness, and leading an active lifestyle as an effort to restore the perception of the Gulf of Mexico and Panama City Beach.” The Run for the Redfish will enter its 6th consecutive year as a family-oriented, nationwide event that will show participants how the panhandle of Florida has maintained its reputation for having the world’s most beautiful beaches. For more information on the run or registration, visit www.runfortheredfish.com. Runners can also register for the race at active.com or at the Beach Chamber; there will be no registration the day of the event. Registration forms and payment can also be mailed to the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, 309 R. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 101, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. For more information, contact the Beach Chamber at (850) 235-1159.

6th Annual Course Certified Timing Chip for 1/2 Marathon and 5K SWAG Bag to all 1/2 and 5K runners Gatorade and water stations located at miles 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and finish line. Music on course sponsored by DJ Markie Mark. Official race committee available for Q & A Start Times: 8:00 AM (1/2 Marathon), 8:30 AM (5K) and 10:00 AM for kid’s Fun Run. After Party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville inside Pier Park. (Beer, Gumbo & Live Music) Pier Park holiday shopping specials for all runners.

Be sure to visit www.runfortheredfish.com for more information about the race.

Get Ready for License Free Saltwater Fishing Day!


Get your fishing rods and tackle box ready for the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 29. It’s license free saltwater fishing day! This day is a perfect chance for parents who don’t yet have a license to take youth fishing, or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to the recreational pursuit without having to purchase a license.

Visit http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/do-i-need-a-license/free-fishing/ for more information about the license free fishing days.

The Color Vibe 5K Run is Making Its Way to PCB!

Color Vibe 5K run comes to Panama City Nov. 15, 2014

The Bay County Chamber announces that the Color Vibe 5k will be held on November 15th at the former Panama City – Bay County International Airport site. Race begins at 9 a.m. If you are one of the first 500 to register, you will receive $5 off your registration fee by using the coupon code PANAMACITY5.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

When: November 15, 2014

Where: The Old Bay County Panama City International Airport
Airport Road & Hwy 390, Panama City, FL 32401

Time: 9:00 AM


Resort Collection Welcomes New VP of Human Resources, Christy Smith

In a year already marked by careful and calculated growth for Resort Collection, the company is pleased to welcome a new team member to its roster.

“Though it was with heavy hearts that the Resort Collection team said goodbye to Vice President of Human Resources Judy Johnson, who had been with the company since 1998, it is with great hope for the future that this Panama City Beach hospitality leader welcomes Christy Smith into the role,” said Resort Collection COO Mike Stange. “Christy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Resort Collection, and we look forward to her significant contributions to our company.”

Christy Smith, Vice President of Human Resources

Christy Smith, Vice President of Human Resources

Christy is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, and holds a degree in hotel/restaurant management. Since 1995, Christy has held HR roles in Bay County with companies such as Boardwalk Beach Resort and Bay Point Marriott, as well as Dale E. Peterson Vacations in Destin. Before joining the Resort Collection family, she worked in HR for the Bay County Board of County Commissioners.

“I am looking forward to bringing new recruitment strategies to further expand Resort Collection’s talented team of professionals,” Smith said. “We hope to brand ourselves as the premier employer in Panama City Beach.”

To learn more about career opportunities with Resort Collection and its subsidiaries, please visit www.resortcollection.com/company/jobs.