Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival Returns Oct. 17 & 18



This fall, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) invite locals and visitors alike to Aaron Bessant Park to enjoy big-name concerts and fresh Gulf seafood as the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival makes its return.

The event, which will take place October 17 and 18, 2014, is headlined by Grammy Award–winning country music group The Band Perry on Saturday and classic favorites Blues Traveler, the Outlaws and Foghat on Friday evening. Other acts performing include the Dylan Altman Blues Band, Heritage, Little Honey, the Andy Velo Band, the Dave Pahanish Band, the Adam Craig Band and Josh Thompson.

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Tickets are on sale now at PCBSeafoodFestival.com and include one-day ($25) and weekend ($40) general admission passes, as well as VIP weekend passes ($150) and preferred seating passes ($65). Those wishing to get the best deal on VIP or preferred seating tickets should act quickly, as prices will increase as the festival draws nearer.

Come for the music, stay for the food! Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for having some of the best seafood, and many local restaurants and vendors will be participating in this year’s festival, bringing everything from fried shrimp to fish tacos, plus cold beverages and desserts to round out the experience.

Saturday morning will also feature a 5K run/walk benefiting local organizations. More details on this event are forthcoming.

For the schedule of events, more information and the most up-to-date news about the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival, visit PCBSeafoodFestival.com, like Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival on Facebook, or follow @seafoodfestpcb on Twitter.


Onsite Property Management Association Holds First Advisory Board Meeting in Atlanta



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On June 25, 2014, the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Hotel hosted the first official advisory board meeting of OPMA (Onsite Property Management Association), the national organization focused on short-term rental property management.
The OPMA Advisory Board currently comprises the following council representatives: OPMA’s president, Paul Wohlford of Resort Collection in Panama City Beach, Fla.; Brent Howie of Provident Hotels and Resorts in Clearwater, Fla.; Matthew Brittain of Brittain Resort Management in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Marco Manzie of Paramount Hospitality Management in Orlando; Jim Olin of C2G Advisors, LLC. in Franklin, Tenn.; Tony Santilli of CSA Travel Protection in San Diego; Steve Zimmerman of Beach House Logos in Pittstown, N.J.; Larry Hall of PARS Springer-Miller in Stowe, Vt.; Rick Fisher, executive director of OPMA; and Keith Wilt, OPMA’s treasurer.

One of the association’s first orders of business was to approve a motion to further add three representatives from the on-site manager community, bringing the total number of advisory board representatives to eleven—seven on-site property managers and four providers of goods and services.

The full-day business agenda generated substantive discussions around a number of exciting growth initiatives. One major priority was to continue dramatically increasing the on-site manager member base, which is especially important for a lodging segment that significantly contributes tourism tax revenue dollars on a local and regional market basis throughout the country.

According to Rick Fisher, executive director of OPMA, this assessment by the advisory board did not fall on deaf ears. “What’s ironic is that OPMA represents what could be defined as one of the largest lodging sectors and yet, until the launch of OPMA back in March of this year, this lodging segment has had no real voice or representation in the hospitality marketplace. Quite frankly, there are a number of leisure destinations where on-site managed rental properties represent the dominant lodging segment for overall rental unit inventory.”

Paul Wohlford, president of OPMA, agrees that the organization remains focused and is on the right course. “OPMA continues to gain momentum and will diligently work to ensure the success of on-site rental management companies while setting the standards for unmatched guest service. We are also pleased to report that since our official launch just four months ago, our on-site manager member base already represents approximately 25,000 rental units of inventory and $8 billion in real estate assets.”

There will be more announcements forthcoming from the OPMA Advisory Board meeting that the council attendees believe will reflect groundbreaking industry news and developments and will further position OPMA as the major voice and advocate for the short-term on-site property management community.

About OPMA
Founded in March 2014 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, the Onsite Property Management Association (OPMA) is spearheading an effort to support the advancement of on-site rental property management companies. By providing education and advocacy, OPMA will promote the value of the short-term rental experience through on-site property management companies. By leveraging the collective experience of industry veterans, this network of mutual support will elevate industry standards to ensure superior guest and owner experiences. The association is committed to providing a clear and cooperative message and to championing the growth and success of the industry. To learn more about the Onsite Property Management Association, visit www.theOPMA.org or call 877-870-6510.


PCB Celebrates July 4 with the Star Spangled Spectacular!



World-famous Panama City Beach is as American as hotdogs and apple pie—or perhaps key lime pie in our little slice of paradise. Ranking high among locals and visitors alike is a great party, and boy does Pier Park know how to throw a spectacular one for the Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3 – Free Jazz Concert

Kick off your holiday weekend on Thursday, July 3, and enjoy a free concert with the Air National Guard Band of the South from 7:00–9:00 pm at Pier Park’s Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. The entire family—even your furry, four-legged ones (on leashes)—are invited to enjoy a night of dazzling live jazz under the stars! Pack your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers, and get the party started!

Friday, July 4 – Star-Spangled Spectacular Celebration

The next morning, Pier Park kicks off America’s best birthday bash with all sorts of family fun events that continue through the spectacular 4th of July fireworks display that night. Below are the highlights:

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8:00 am: The Color Run 5K – Known as the Happiest 5K on the planet, this unique paint race at Pier Park celebrates health, happiness, and individuality and features various color stations throughout the race. Start off wearing white and by the end of the race, you’ll be head-to-toe covered in happy rainbow colors. The start line is its own pre-race party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching, and giveaways! Entry-fees: Individuals $40; 4-member team $35 per person. For more information visit thecolorrun.com.

11:00 am–5:00 pm: Block Party at Pier Park – Join the neighborhood-style street party for children’s activities, tasty food and drinks from sidewalk vendors and local shops, plus plenty of great shopping. There’s even a wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings! Admission is free.

7:00–9:00 pm: Free Patriotic Music Concert – The Air National Guard Band of the South returns to Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater for a patriotic musical tribute. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, and leashed pets are welcome.

9:00 pm: Spectacular Fireworks Finale – The band continues performing during the largest fireworks display along the Gulf Coast, as well as simultaneous fireworks shows erupting from the nearby City Pier and the County Pier three miles east.

For more information about Pier Park’s Fourth of July events, call Pier Park at (850) 236-9974 or check out visitpanamacitybeach.com.


Underwood, Bentley, and Shelton, OH MY! – Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2014



The Resort Collection is excited to be partnering with Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam!

Come visit Panama City Beach this Labor Day Weekend, August 29–31, for some “Country on the Coast” at venues across our white sand beaches and beyond, featuring superstar headliners Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton!

CLICK HERE for Special Ticket and Room Packages!

Check out these great acts performing at Gulf Coast Jam 2014, and check GulfCoastJam.com for additions to the lineup as the event gets closer!

We hope to see you there!

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Panama City Beach 5K Cool Summer Race Series begins June 11 at Pier Park



WHAT: Panama City Beach 5K Cool Summer Race Series. All runners and walkers welcome! Registration fee is $25 cash, $30 debit/credit. Preregistration is available on Active.com or RoadRaceConsultants.com.

WHERE: Aaron Bessant Park, adjacent to Pier Park outdoor shopping center. 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32413

WHEN: Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. from June 11–August 13, 2014 (excludes July 2). Race-Day registration is available beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The inaugural Panama City Beach Cool Summer Series is set on a thrilling 5K course that weaves through beautiful Pier Park, nestled on the Gulf of Mexico. The Cool Summer Series is a celebration of all things summer—fun in the sun, good friends, family and a little friendly competition! This 5K is a run/walk course open to locals and visitors with a start/finish at Aaron Bessant Park. T-shirts, finisher medals and swag bags will be given. The Cool Summer Series will benefit Beach Care Services and the George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism.

Visit RoadRaceConsultants.com for registration and more information. See you there!