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Friday, 4 March 2011
Pier Park Mardi Gras events
Mood:  celebratory
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Topic: In the area

Pier Park celebrates Mardi Gras this weekend. Panama City Beach’s Pier Park open-air lifestyle has two days of fun, food and entertainment.

Friday, March 4- (5pm): The streets of Pier Park are closed to vehicular traffic and the second line parade begins as spectators form behind the brass band waving handkerchiefs, parasols or their arms in the air.

Saturday, March 5- (10am): Festivities kick-off with a kid’s parade winding through the colorful mix of stores and restaurants in Pier Park

(11am-2pm): Kids can participate in a fun-filled activity center as well as participate in a pirate costume contest, treasure hunt, face painting and mask painting.

(2pm): The Mardi Gras parade with King, Queen and Court begins,  as floats make their way along Front Beach Road and march through Pier Park.  The fun continues after the parade with live entertainment, regal costumes, masks, beads, trinkets, Cajun fare including gumbo and low-country boils, and much more.

(9pm): The evening ends with a fireworks display over the Gulf.

Both days are open to the public with free admission.


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Saturday, 19 February 2011
Mardi Gras Celebrations
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: In the area

It’s Mardi Gras season in Bay County and it started this weekend.The Downtown Krewe of St. Andrews started with a block party on Friday, 2/18 and continued Saturday, 2/19 in McKenzie Park. The party is scheduled to end at 10 p.m.The annual parade features beads and bands with road closures between 2-5pm.

Mardi Gras events continue with the St. Andrews celebration Feb. 25-26. The Official Entertainment for 2011 St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival on Feb. 25 and 26 will play on 7 stages throughout the event.

  • 98 Army Jazz Band from Fort Rucker, AL
  • Slim Fatz - Grammy-nominated delta blues artist
  • Almost There - St. Andrews teen sensation trio that performed recently at Relief for Haiti benefit
  • Tony Vegas Group - Nawlins blues with 3 CDs in circulation including Nawlins Renaissance, Cajun Ladies and Rockin’ the Blues
  • EastBay - Island rock and the anchor band for St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers’ Market
  • Kelly and the Healers - Established in 1992, the Healers play classic rock in many St. Andrews establishments
  • Legacy - Motown with KD, Granite Cafe’s own!
  • Sunday Project - Savanna-based band with a St. Andrews connection
  • Emerald County Line - local country band that has opened for Carrie Underwood and other national artists

The Pier Park celebration will be March 4-5. More info to come.


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Thursday, 27 January 2011
New Pool Chairs
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: Around the Sunbird
We have new chaise chairs around the 3 swimming pools. I haven't seen them, but I did get a picture. These look like they will be much more comfortable than the resin chaises we had. I hope you enjoy them.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Vision Airlines to Start Non Stops to PCB
Mood:  energetic
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Topic: In the area
The latest charter company to attempt to make the switch to scheduled air service as a low-cost airline reports that it sold 12,000 tickets in about 120 hours for flights which are planned to begin on March 25th. The traffic to their website reportedly crashed their servers due to potential passengers trying to get an introductory $49 fare to Florida.

Vision Airlines is in the process of becoming a scheduled air carrier with service to 23 cities mostly in Florida and the south. The airline will have the new Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Destin/Fort Walton Beach as its hub for destinations in Florida. The airline, which has been in the charter business for 16 years, put together a business plan focused on offering flights departing from southern U.S. cities that it says lack low-cost, direct jet service to destinations in Florida. They say that people in these cities mostly fly in regional jets, endure long layovers while connecting through other cities, and pay high airfares.

Vision Airlines now offers Boeing 737 jet flights on direct routes that other airlines do not fly.

You can finish reading the article at

http://aero-news.net/index.cfm?printable=1&ContentBlockID=83daf6ac-788e-4ad5-822e-1dc2a4458436&


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Monday, 17 January 2011
Beach Service
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: Around the Sunbird
I am thinking about increasing my rate $5/nightly to be able to provide beach service with the condo rental. I would not increase the weekly rate. The increase would be March 1st through October 31st. As of now it is just an idea and would appreciate your comments on the increase. Is the increase justified if it means you don't have to pay for the beach service once you arrive? Let me hear from you. Yes or No. This photo is from the beach service in 2007.

Posted by fl5/sunbird at 3:51 PM CST
Updated: Monday, 17 January 2011 3:59 PM CST
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Tuesday, 4 January 2011
New Year's Eve
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: On The Beach

I haven't blogged in a while as I've not been back to PCB in a while. I did want to share a website that has photos from New Year's Eve at Pier Park. Looks like they had a great crowd and it appears they all had a great time. This link is from pcbdaily.com which has great information.

http://pcbdaily.com/pier-park-nye-2010

We were there during Thanksgiving and the weather was nice for the most part. Out toaster stopped working so we bought a toaster oven as I've had requests for that. 

They are still working on Thomas Drive. Supposedly the utilities are suppose to go underground soon. I need to check on this though as I've not had a report lately about the construction. It is suppose to be done sometime this year and the drawing of what it is to look like is very nice.


Posted by fl5/sunbird at 7:12 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, 4 January 2011 7:20 PM CST
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Monday, 25 October 2010
A wonderful week in Paradise
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: Around the Sunbird

We had a wonderful 8 nights in PCB. We had 80s all week long with no rain. Green flags the first half of the week. I think it was on Wednesday when it was cloudier and windy causing yellow flags the remainder of our stay. I understood the yellow on Wednesday, but the rest of the week seemed more calm. Maybe they need a greenish yellow flag. lol

Went to the beach most afternoons. Played Gold on 2 occassions at the par 3 Holiday Park course. Love it there as you have the place to yourself, so if you are self consious on your play, I recommend this place.

We also try and do some things while we are down there, so we had our blinds repaired, The sofabed sleeper mechanism replaced along with the mattress. Also notice the disposal and one of the kitchen lights out, so had maintenance repair the disposal and had the ballists replaced on the one light fixture.

The new airport is nice, BUT if you fly Delta, be prepared to use the stairs when boarding and departing the plane as their gates are on ground level. Looked to me that Southwest had all the gates with ramps. Another bad thing with Delta gates is that there were hardly any chairs at all. We had to sit at the next gate behind a wall and there was no announcement that they were boarding. Luckily some other people looked and saw that they had started boarding, so we went over there. Another thing is it is more like a 25-30 minute drive while the older airport was only 15. 

We may go back at Thanksgiving if we are not booked, we so enjoyed ourselves.

There are still some dates available before the snowbirds arrive, so get your last fix of PCB in before it is too late for the year.

Take Care,

Linda 


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A wonderful week in Paradise
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: Around the Sunbird

We had a wonderful 8 nights in PCB. We had 80s all week long with no rain. Green flags the first half of the week. I think it was on Wednesday when it was cloudier and windy causing yellow flags the remainder of our stay. I understood the yellow on Wednesday, but the rest of the week seemed more calm. Maybe they need a greenish yellow flag. lol

Went to the beach most afternoons. Played Gold on 2 occassions at the par 3 Holiday Park course. Love it there as you have the place to yourself, so if you are self consious on your play, I recommend this place.

We also try and do some things while we are down there, so we had our blinds repaired, The sofabed sleeper mechanism replaced along with the mattress. Also notice the disposal and one of the kitchen lights out, so had maintenance repair the disposal and had the ballists replaced on the one light fixture.

The new airport is nice, BUT if you fly Delta, be prepared to use the stairs when boarding and departing the plane as their gates are on ground level. Looked to me that Southwest had all the gates with ramps. Another bad thing with Delta gates is that there were hardly any chairs at all. We had to sit at the next gate behind a wall and there was no announcement that they were boarding. Luckily some other people looked and saw that they had started boarding, so we went over there. Another thing is it is more like a 25-30 minute drive while the older airport was only 15. 

We may go back at Thanksgiving if we are not booked, we so enjoyed ourselves.

There are still some dates available before the snowbirds arrive, so get your last fix of PCB in before it is too late for the year.

Take Care,

Linda 


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Friday, 17 September 2010
Neil Young IN CONCERT at The Marina Civic Center
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: Sunbird Condo on the Emerald Coast
Topic: In the area

You may never see Neil Young in such an intimate venue as you will on Monday September 20, 2010, at  8:00 PM.  He’s at our own Marina Civic Center. Neil Young, backed by Tyson Foods, is doing the show to benefit areas affected by April’s oil explosion.  The concert aids the Bay Area Food Bank, serving Central Gulf Coast communities. Also at the show limited – edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will generate funds for the food bank. Bring a non-perishable food item as well.


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Updated: Friday, 17 September 2010 3:39 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Football Tailgate Party coming to PC B
Mood:  on fire
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Topic: In the area

From Thursday, August 26 – Saturday, August 28, the REAL.FUN.BEACH. destination has partnered with ISP Sports Network (America’s Home for College Sports) to host the first annual World’s Greatest Pre-Season Tailgate event. Alumni, students, coaches, players, cheerleaders, mascots and sports fans from nine universities among other colleges will convene in Panama City Beach to show their school pride with a series of activities that include a celebrity golf tournament, charter fishing trips, full day of tailgating with BBQ contest, parade, pep rallies and musical performances by country music sensations Sara Evans and John Rich.

See more details at:

http://pcbdaily.com/worlds-greatest-pre-season-tailgate#more-8493


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