New Airport Gets New Web Site


New Airport Gets New Web Site

    The Panama City-Bay County International Airport has launched a new Web site –  – to help educate the public on the progress of the new, $318.5 million airport.

   The user-friendly site includes a timeline of milestones leading up to the groundbreaking of the airport, the first built in the United States in the past 13 years, as well as constant photo and video updates on the development of the airport.

   “The development of the new airport is moving forward ahead of schedule and on budget,” said Randy Curtis, the airport’s executive director.

    The daily countdown feature on the new airport’s Web site lets readers know how many days are left until the Airport Authority’s target opening date of Memorial Day 2010. All visitors to the site are invited to use its “Subscribe” feature to have project updates sent directly to their e-mail.

   Gov. Charlie Crist recently appointed three members to the Holmes County Hospital Corp. Oscar E. Cullifer, 80, of Westville, has been reappointed for a term that began Oct. 24, 2008, and will end Aug. 10, 2010. Newly appointed members are Felecia W. Fisanick, 41, of Bonifay, and Seaborn H. Howell, 67, of Bonifay. Fisanick is the co-owner of Woodham Plumbing and Utilities Contracting. Her term began Oct. 24, 2008, and will end Aug. 15, 2011. Howell, the owner of Howell Building and Rental Company, will serve a term that began Oct. 24, 2008, and will end Aug. 22, 2012.

   Stephen Melvin, 54, of Panama City, has been appointed by Gov. Crist to the state Board of Pharmacy for a term that began Oct. 22, 2008, and will end Oct. 31, 2011. Melvin, a pharmacist with Bay Medical Center, succeeds Eric Alvarez.


   Tyndall Federal Credit Union has chosen Kerigan Marketing Associates Inc. of Port St. Joe to assist in developing and designing a new brand design and marketing campaign. Tyndall will have 10 branch locations by the end of 2008. Current branches are in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Tyndall Air Force Base, Lynn Haven, Parker, Port St. Joe, Mary Esther and Marianna. New branches have been announced in East Panama City Beach and Chipley.   

   In addition, the credit union has rolled out a new Web site –

   Simon Property Group Inc., the country’s largest owner, developer and manager of high-quality retail real estate, has welcomed several new specialty shops to Pier Park, the 900,000-square-foot retail and entertainment lifestyle center located in Panama City Beach. New tenants include Baja Grille, Carter’s Clothing, Déjà-Vu, Journeys, Lids, and Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts. Pier Park, which boasts eight anchor stores and nearly 100 retailers, is continuously expanding to offer the Emerald Coast and tourists a more enhanced shopping experience.

  The University of West Florida’s Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development recently released a study showing the economic impact of Gulf Coast Community College on Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties was $205 million for fiscal year 2006-2007, the most recent year for which data were available.

  The breakdown in spending was as follows: student spending, 59 percent; expenditures by the college, 34 percent; and visitor spending, 7 spending.