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

Yeah, Man! The Chili Vibrations Reggae Festival & Chili Cook-Off is Coming Nov. 14–16




Chili Vibrations Cook-Off and Reggae Festival 2014


Don’t miss reggae concerts from some of your favorites including Julian Marley & the Uprising, Iration, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, and more on November 14, 15, and 16 at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater behind Pier Park shopping center in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Stick around for the chili cook-off and your taste buds will be singing along with all the bands!

All Tickets Are Three Day Passes
Regular Three Day Pass $59.95
VIP Three Day Pass $149.95.
VIP Passes Include:
Private Parking.
Private Restroom
Private viewing area
Private discounted bar and two free drink passes per day.
Food on Saturday and Sunday Provided by Finn’s Island Style Grub.


Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival is Right Around the Corner!


With exactly 2 weeks left until the Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival, we’re getting overly excited.

Don’t miss out on live performances on Friday October 17 starting at 4:30 pm from Dylan Altman Blues Band, Foghat, and The Outlaws, with Blues Traveler headlining at 9:30 pm.

Music starting on Saturday October 18 at 2:00 pm with Heritage, continuing throughout the day with Little Honey, Andy Velo Band, Panfish Band, Adam Craig Band, Josh Thompson. Of course we couldn’t forget the main headliner—The Band Perry hitting the stage at 9:30 pm!

You won’t want to miss this! Remember, you can still purchase tickets at or if you need any more information please visit

Visit our specials page to get the best deal on places to stay during the festival!

Pirates of the High Seas Festival is Making Waves in Panama City Beach!

Columbus Day weekend will bring waves of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the 4th Annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Setting sail Oct. 10-12, 2014, this year’s FREE festival is sure to take pirate fun to a whole new level.

You don’t want to miss this!


Check out our schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 10


12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Run for the Treasure Packet Pickup at Patches Pub on Thomas Drive
1:00 pm – Grand Lagoon Pirate Street Parties
5:30 pm – Pirate Invasion of Grand Lagoon
8:30 pm – Fireworks


5:00 pm – Captain Davey’s Magical Pirate Show featuring Angelica the Mermaid in Towne Center at Pier Park
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Little Pirates Fun Zone at Pier Park Grand Theater
6:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies and Proclamation at Pier Park Stage
6:15 pm – The Tony Vegas Group at Pier Park Stage
7:15 pm – Second Line parade, featuring Village Brass Band on Pier Park Drive
7:45 pm – Heat & Zydeco Gents at Pier Park Stage

Saturday, Oct. 11

7:30 am – Run for the Treasure, benefitting Girls Inc at St. Andrews State Park (Register at
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Little Pirates Fun Zone at Pier Park Grand Theater
11:00 am – Captain Davey’s Magical Pirate Show featuring Angelica the Mermaid in Towne Center at Pier Park
12:15 pm – Pirate Dance at Pier Park stage
1:15 pm – Noah Wells Magical Pirate Show at Pier Park stage
2:30 pm – Pirate Invasion on the shore of the Gulf and down Pier Park Drive
3:00 pm – Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers at Pier Park stage
3:45 pm – Adult Pirate Costume Contest at Pier Park stage
4:15 pm – Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers at Pier Park stage
5:30 pm – Main Parade
7:00 pm – American Tread (Formally Known as Jacob’s and Brock Band)
8:30 pm – Fireworks at City Pier

Sunday, Oct. 12 – Block Party!

11:30 am – Kids Pirate Costume Contest at Pier Park Stage
12:00 pm – Kid’s Parade
1:30 pm – Alex Angelo at Pier Park stage
2:20 pm – Megan & Liz at Pier Park stage
3:25 pm – Cassio Monroe at Pier Park stage
4:30 pm – Beach Ball Drop


It’s International “Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

Ahoy there! Hope yer day’s goin’ as swell as the waves in a tropical storm! Get it… swell? Arrrgh, never mind.

Pirate Ship by the Beach

Anyway, September 19 is officially “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” Don’t believe us? We ain’t spinnin’ tales. See for yerself at the official website.

In honor of this most glourious of all days, we at the Resort Collection are bringin’ our mateys (you) some fun facts about pirates, including how to talk like a pirate, pirate trivia, the best pirate movies, and some fun piratey events for ye land lubbers to enjoy, right here in Panama City Beach!

So strap on yer boots an’ let’s get started!

First thing yer need to know about pirate-speak is how to say hello. It could save yer from gettin’ fired at with a cannon. After all, a friendly greetin’ is just common courtesy. Here’s all the words ye need to know to talk to pirates:

  • Hello- “Ahoy!” OR “Avast!” OR “Arrrrrgh!”
  • How are you? – “How arrrrgh ye?”
  • Is this your ship? – “This be your vessel?”
  • Where is the bathroom? – “Where be the poopdeck?!”
  • I’m hungry, where is the kitchen?  - “I be workin’ up an appetite! Point me to the galley!”
  • I’m thirsty. – “Why’s the rum gone?!”
  • Do you understand? – “Savvy?”
  • Goodbye – “SEA ye later!”
Pirate Movies
Now, some of our favorite pirate movies, so all ye newbies can study up an’ get ter pirating real good:
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • Treasure Island (1950)
  • Peter Pan (1953, 2003)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
  • Treasure Planet (2002)
  • and of course, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4 (2003-2011)
Pirate Treasure Chest
Now, after gettin’ hang o’ the language, and studyin’ the great pirates of film, yer ready to be a true pirate, and what better way than some o’ these piratey events in Panama City Beach? Remember, keep yer sword handy, never trust a talkin’ parrot, and keep an eye out fer X’s cause they usually mark the spot! Check out these PCB treasure troves:
Pieribbean Pirates Shootin' Gallery at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida
  • The “Sea Dragon” Pirate Cruise – Set sail and learn all ye need to know about crewin’ a ship. Fun fer the whole family with pirate lessons, fun activities, and libations for the adults!
  • 2014 Pirates of the High Seas Festival! October 10–12 – The ultimate test of pirate-ism! Grab yer best feathered hat an’ climb aboard for this city-wide festival! Fer more information an’ the complete schedule, go to!