Condo Owner

Volume19 Issue3 2015

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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condo owner V O L U M E 1 9 • I S S U E 3 36 tourism In an effort to repair the negative impact rowdy spring breakers have on Panama City Beach's reputation and to have it known as a safe and friendly year-round destination-even during Spring Break, the Panama City Beach Council, along with the Bay County Commis- sion, voted in May to permanently ban alcohol from city beaches and beaches in the unincor- porated areas of the county during the month of March. March is typically considered the spring break season along the Florida beaches. The measures include drinking in commer- cial parking lots and increased fines for open containers. Other measures prohibit balcony climbing and parking after dark in the right-of- way of unmarked or unpaved portions of any scenic corridor. And alcohol sales are man- dated to cease at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. These actions came after an emergency ban of alcohol on the beach was implemented April 1 to April 18 in order to curtail the unacceptable ac- tivities that took place among spring break crowds the previous month. "One of the rea- sons for the al- cohol ban is it sets the tone," said Major Tommy North of the Bay County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), ex- plaining that alcohol consumption lowers inhi- bitions in a drinker, which exacerbates the proclivity to committing crime and acting out in general. "We're talking mass quantities of alcohol being consumed during this time. The ban gives us a tool to control this behavior." Of course, officials and business owners fear that the negative images that made na- tional headlines this year will paint an unsa- vory reputation that will stick as a year-long perception for the area. But ironically, Panama City Beach Councilwoman Josie Strange said previous favorable coverage of the city to a Repairing By Joni Williams

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