Panama City Beach is commemorating the start of 2012 by celebrating the completion of its three-month $16 million beach renourishment project. Working with the United States Corps of Engineers, the destination pumped 1.4 million cubic yards of sand to approximately 7.5 miles of beach, extending the shoreline by 100 feet in many locations.
This is the third major beach replenishment undertaking the destination has completed in the past 12 years. “Our beaches rank right up there with some of the best in the world so it is so important to keep them healthy and strong,” states Dan Rowe, president and CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The six million vacationers who will visit us in 2012 will be pleased to see that our most important assets are in pristine condition and will remain that way for generations.”
Panama City Beach completed two prior renourishment projects in 1998 and 2005. In addition to providing a unparalleled playgrounds for all ages, sound beaches also protect sand dunes and serve as barriers for nearby homes, hotels and community infrastructure.
“Preserving Panama City Beach’s natural resources is a top priority for area officials,” adds Rowe. “This commitment can be seen in the beach restoration as well as the recent opening of our Conservation Park. We look forward to welcoming guests seeking authentic beach vacations and ecotourism experiences.”
About Panama City Beach:
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. Panama City Beach recently opened the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, offering non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.