Condo Owner

Fall 2016

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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F A L L 2 0 1 6 • condo owner www.condo-owner.com 13 headlines old and under, they need to move somewhere else," Thomas said. The mayor told the Panama City News Herald the beach already is recovering from Spring Break 2016, with the city and Bay County Tourist Development Council making up losses with a busy summer and fall. "Our numbers are up for the year, even with Spring Break being gone," he said. Passenger Traffic Continues To Decline At NW Florida Beaches Airport Passenger traffic at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport decreased 9.2 percent in August, marking the sixth consecutive month of declines, the Airport Authority learned recently. The decline began during Spring Break, but due to strong numbers in January and February, passenger traffic for the year remains up slightly, 0.13 percent. "Silver Airlines stopped service in the middle of August, which might have affected the numbers," airport executive director Parker McClellan told the board. "August was a quiet month for us," he said. "However, the year-to-date numbers continue to be positive. I think that should be the note we walk away with today." In August 2016, there were 78,629 passengers flying in and out of the airport on four commercial airlines. Last August, there were 86,622 passengers. Year to date through August, 625,092 passengers flew in and out of the airport on commercial airlines, compared to 624,251 last year. Russ Mathis, airport board chairman, said one reason the numbers are down is that students went back to school a little earlier than usual in the southeastern United States. But he added that hotel occupancy numbers on the beach are still positive. "Visitors are driving rather than flying, though," he said. "The numbers aren't off that much, and the traffic, I think, here in the fall will continue to show our numbers in a positive manner." City Manager Urges Uber To Follow Rules In the U.S. and throughout the world, Uber is taking transportation to the next level. But if you try to use the app in Bay County you won't have much luck. City Manager Mario Gisbert told the Panama City Beach Herald that Uber is more than welcome here—emphasizing that the drivers just need to follow the rules. Gisbert says the city requires each vehicle to be registered, the driver to have a background check, proof of insurance, and for the company to get a business license. "We have that to protect the general public," said Gisbert. "We know that you're driving ► Y O U R H O M E S AY S A L O T A B O U T Y O U . W E ' R E H E R E T O L I S T E N . FergusonShowrooms.com AUBURN, AL (334) 887-4210 BIRMINGHAM, AL (205) 254-3454 DAPHNE, AL (251) 621-2147 TUSCALOOSA, AL (205) 345-3432 ALPHARETTA, GA (770) 442-1800 BUCKHEAD, GA (404) 495-9919 COLUMBUS, GA (706) 571-2020 FAYETTEVILLE, GA (770) 716-4144 SUWANEE, GA (678) 546-0760 DESTIN, FL (850) 269-1993 PENSACOLA, FL (850) 484-8202 ©2016 Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. 0816 250313 Request an appointment with us today. Danika Collection

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