PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WTVY) — Tropical Storm Irma passed through Panama City Beach yesterday, leaving minimal impact. The beaches, golf courses, attractions and accommodations are open and travelers are encouraged to continue their plans for September vacations. The current forecast for the next few days is sunny in the low 80s. Local tourism officials are streaming Facebook Live accounts of area beaches and the destination’s webcam, www.visitpanamacitybeach.com is operating, per usual.
The 28th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament will take place Sept. 25- Oct. 1, giving divers the opportunity to compete while visitors enjoy dozens of lobster dishes. On its heels is the Pirates of the High Seas Festival from Oct. 6-8, offering a weekend of fun-filled adventures including an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
“Throughout the weekend, friends and neighbors to the east joined other visitors in Panama City Beach. We wish them all safe travels as they return home,” states Dan Rowe, Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO. “Our hearts go out to those in the Caribbean and Florida who were impacted by Irma as well as residents of South Texas who are still recovering from Harvey.”
[UPDATE: 9/12/2017 at 4:45:24 PM - Original press release updated from no damage in PCB to minimal damage]