On November 18, more than 40 attendees of the Florida Tourism Forum in Panama City Beach planted sea oats at Mexico Beach.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., January 14, 2020 – Panama City Beach is launching “Stay it Forward,” a voluntourism program aimed at offering a helping hand to neighboring Mexico Beach who continues to recover from Hurricane Michael’s impact in October 2018.

On Tuesday, February 18 or Thursday, March 26, 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to assist with cleanup and relief efforts in Mexico Beach by planting sea oats on sand dunes, partnering with Habitat for Humanity and more. Panama City Beach “voluntourists” will receive a “Stay it Forward” hat, t-shirt and equipment before embarking on their coordinated mission.

“Immediately following the storm, our visitors have been asking how they can help the area,” states Dan Rowe, Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO. “Mexico Beach has come a long way but there is still work to do. We are hopeful that ‘Stay it Forward’ will make an impact on this wonderful community while creating memorable vacations at our REAL.FUN.BEACH.”

For more information or to book a “Stay It Forward” package, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com or call  850-233-5070.

Editor’s Note: For images of “Stay it Forward” volunteers from the Florida Tourism Forum, visit https://bit.ly/34hgV6r.

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 320 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. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@VisitPanamaCityBeach).

About Visit Panama City Beach

Visit Panama City Beach is the official destination marketing organization for Panama City Beach, Florida. The award-winning organization has earned industry accreditation (DMAP) from Destinations International, the world’s leading authority in destination marketing, and exists to drive economic opportunity, job creation, community sustainability and quality of life for its residents through marketing, promotion and stewardship of the destination’s REAL.FUN.BEACH. brand and attributes, tourism development, special event production, and managing beach re-nourishment and maintenance programs.

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