On Wednesday 10th October, 2018 the third largest hurricane to make landfall in the United States hit Panama City Beach, Florida and other parts of the Panhandle.
Many homes and businesses suffered significant damage. ‘Hurricane Michael’ was officially classified a Category 4 hurricane, but at its peak, was just 2mph shy of reaching the maximum sustained wind speeds of 177mph, which would have made it a Category 5 hurricane; the largest possible.
After leaving Florida, Michael eventually weakened to a tropical storm but only after passing through parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia too. Needless to say, it left a trail of considerable damage in its wake.
Local businesses are assessing the damage and beginning the cleanup process where possible. The intent is to have Panama City Beach back up and running very soon.
One question that’s being asked is whether or not Spring Break in March will be cancelled due to all of the hurricane fallout. The answer is no.
“Although it’s the working citizens and their families that are on the forefront of our minds right now, we can, right now, put to rest the debate to whether Spring Break will or will not happen in March by simply saying that yes, it will happen,” said Carm Giardina, a representative of CMG Media Agency.
CMG Media is the marketing and promotions firm behind the organization of Spring Break events in Florida and in Texas. Their events program in Panama City Beach, called the Panamaniac VIP Card Program, has been the top choice for college students for 25 years.
“Overall, Panama City Beach sustained relatively minor damage in relation to other neighboring areas that suffered much greater loss,” added Giardina.
“Hotels, restaurants, attractions and other areas will undergo a tireless repair and replace effort. We assure you, Spring Break will not skip a beat.”
Giardina also ensured that hotels will be accepting bookings again as soon as business is back up and running and that “we will continue to update you as news progresses and developments occur, but we are enormously grateful to all those first responders and volunteers who are helping to make our area safe and beautiful once again.”
To those who suffered damage during the Hurricane, we send our thoughts and prayers out to you.
For questions and more information, please contact CMG Media Agency through the Quick Connect Form on their website at www.cmgmediaagency.com.