Award of Excellence
Fish Out of Water, a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award winning-restaurant at WaterColor Inn and Resort, has received the 2014 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. On Aug. 19 in celebration of receiving the award, Fish Out of Water is offering a complimentary glass of select wine with each entree purchased when guests mention the award.
Shipwreck Island Water Park is open every day through mid-August and closes for the season after Labor Day. There's still time to take a picture in the park and post it on Shipwreck's Facebook page for a chance to win a new boat.
Gulf World loss
Gulf World Marine Park is heartbroken to share the news that the male Rough-toothed Dolphin born June 27 died at 5:30 p.m. July 25. When the mom/calf cooperative nursing failed to occur after birth, they were moved to a rehab pool so the staff could assist with the feeding process and keep 24-hour watch. Preliminary necropsy results show the calf had a pulmonary abscess.
Save a couple of spots at the 2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival and save $125 on a pair of four day general admission passes when you purchase tickets by Sept. 2 (Promo Code: SJF2015). All 2015 tickets, including After Parties and Jazz Cruises, are on sale: 800-595-4849 or SeabreezeJazzFestival.com.
Dave & Buster's opens in Pier Park on Memorial Day. Located at 15701 LC Hilton Jr. Drive, just across from The Grand Theatre, Dave & Buster's features a gourmet menu, large sports bar and more than 140 interactive games and simulators.
Certified for Good Works
Amavida Coffee & Tea has been recognized as a "B Corporation," for its high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Fewer than 1,000 companies in 32 countries have achieved the ranking. Specializing in organic and fair trade coffee, the company has an import and roasting operation in Panama City Beach and cafes in Panama City, Rosemary Beach and Seaside.
'Great Russian Nutcracker'
Tickets are on sale for Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" returning to the Panama City Marina Civic Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26.
USA TODAY lists Panama City Beach as one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
World's Most Beautiful
Panama City Beach ranks 51 on CNN's list of World's 100 best beaches for its "emerald waters, blinding white sand, colorful reefs, fishing and hard-core people-watching." Highlights also include dive spots and Goofy Golf.
Best Beach on Earth?
The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine voted Seaside one of the best beaches on the planet, ranking the original "new urbanist" community on Scenic 30A as No. 1 for families.