Archive for October, 2012

Classic Cars ‘Cruizin’ to Panama City Beach Nov. 8-10

When I was a teenager, one of the most memorable road trips I ever took was to Panama City Beach. The water there was spectacular and its 27 miles of sugar sands were unlike anything on earth. Completely and utterly beautiful, it's brought me back time and time again.

Now it gets even better.

The Eighth Annual Emerald Coast Cruizin rolls into Panama City Beach Nov. 8-10 to show off thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks at the Grand Panama Beach Resort (12000 Front Beach Blvd., near Shipwreck Island Waterpark).

There’ll be more than 125 top-name automotive vendors, a giant swap meet, a car corral, special shows and live bands.

Do you own a hot rod? A classic car? Then bring it in and add it to the collection of eye candy. Between the beach and the classic cars, I can’t even imagine the scope of photo ops you’ll find.

Cool cars are only part of it. There’ll be crafts and jewelry, parades, fun rides and games as well. Admission is only $10 daily, $20 for a three-day pass, kids 12 and under are free. All the information is at www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com or at (662) 587-9572.

And if you’d like to know more about Panama City Beach (which is worth seeing anytime), click on www.visitpanamacitybeach.com or call (800) PCBEACH or (850) 233-6503).
 

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Port St. Joe was Florida’s largest city (12,000 residents) around the time the yellow fever epidemic struck.

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Reid Avenue is a fine place to stroll the shops and restaurants of Port St. Joe.

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Local pride rolls through downtown Port St. Joe during the homecoming parade.

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Future football stars practice on the sidewalk of Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe.

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Persnickety: One-of-a-kind treasures await at this charming Port St. Joe shop.

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A stone monument commemorates the site of Florida’s first Constitutional Convention held in Port St. Joe.

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Port St. Joe residents enjoy the homecoming parade rolling through downtown.

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The sidewalks of downtown Port St. Joe offer food, fine shopping and a pleasant place to gather with friends.

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Animated figures at Port St. Joe’s Constitutional Convention Museum reenact the creation of Florida’s first governing document.

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