Storms not expected to affect holiday weekend tourism on Panama City Beach

By Tiffany Jackson | tjackson@wmbb.com

Published 08/29 2016 11:22PM

Updated 08/29 2016 11:22PM

Despite a level of uncertainty with potential tropical storms, Panama City Beach tourism officials are still expecting this to be one of their busiest weekends of the year.
 
Even if the storms do end up having an impact here in the Panhandle, the rains or heavy winds should be long gone before the Labor Day Weekend festivities begin.
 
In Panama City Beach, things are shaping up for this weekend to be yet another record breaking holiday in the books.
 
"It looks like we're doing really good," said Mike Thomas, Panama City Beach Mayor.
 
Officials said visitors shouldn't be discouraged from coming down to the World's Most Beautiful Beaches for Labor Day Weekend. 
 
"A little bit of rain is going to wash everything off, make it shine and we'll be good to go," said Thomas.
 
People won't just be here for the beaches. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is setting the stage and expecting to bring thousands of people down to Panama City Beach.
 
"I would say we'll have 20-25,00 people in the park every night," said Rendy Lovelady, Executive Producer, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam.
 
Many of the condos and resorts partnered with the festival are already getting an idea of how successful this holiday weekend will be.
 
"The condos are filling out, we had another condo, or unit sell out with the Resort Collection. I mean, they're just selling out everywhere," said Lovelady.
 
Lovelady said with a little help from our very own Chief Meteorologist Justin Kiefer, he is confident this weekend's show will be the best yet.
 
"We do it, rain or shine. The only thing that discourages us is lightening and my buddy Justin, the man, has told me we're going to be ok. We may have a little rain, but a little rain isn't going to stop us and it sure ain't going to stop Eric church or Brad Paisley or Lynyrd Skynyrd. So we're going to have a great time," said Lovelady.
 
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam kicks off at Frank Brown park September 2nd and goes through September 4th.

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