Yes, parking is available on PCB
As summer and its events get ready to kick off, Panama City Beach officials are reminding people of available public parking spaces.
Residents and visitors have not complained about a lack of parking, but as the city expands, parking and traffic might become a burden, said City Manager Mario Gisbert.
The city has three public parking lots with parking meters that require a fee of $5 a day. The lots are at 11117 Front Beach Road, 9961 Thomas Drive and 600 Henley Circle. Annual passes are available for $250 and can be purchased at the Public Works Department, 116 S. Arnold Road.
“A lot of people do not know about these lots and they are not clearly marked. They are all located in the CRA, and we will be updating signage in the future to make them more visible for our guests,” Gisbert said.
During the summer, the lots are 80 percent to 90 percent full, Gisbert said. Panama City Beach can pull in thousands of visitors and locals in a weekend for events such as “Real. Fun. Fourth,” Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, the summer concert series and more, leading to an increased usage of parking.
“Some parking lots and garages at hotels and condos do fill up during peak season in the summer — from Memorial Day to Labor Day — and especially around holidays like July 4, and when we have special events like concerts,” Gisbert said. “Several of the condos and hotels along Front Beach Road utilize these lots for their guests as overflow parking.”
When the summer season winds down, Gisbert said usage declines considerably.
The city owns the property for the lots, which were created about a decade ago, he said. The lots are the only public parking lots on the Beach.
“Currently there is no meter at the Thomas Drive grass lot located across the road from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. That meter should be up sometime in June,” Gisbert said.
The lots on Henley Circle and Front Beach Road are paved, well lighted and close to hotels, lodgings and the beach, Gisbert said.
“They are ideal for people coming to the beach from Panama City, Lynn Haven, Southport … because they are so close to the beach. They are great for day trippers,” he said. “The two paved lots have about 175 parking spaces each. The lot on Thomas Drive is 5 acres, so it’s very large. This lot is ideal for bike week or boaters, as it is perfect for accommodating small trailers.”
If the three parking lots are full, drivers also can park their vehicles at the lot near Pier Park. Gisbert said the city owns parking to the west of Pier Park, facing Front Beach Road. He said there are 500 spaces for those who want to shop in Pier Park or visit the beach.
Source: Panama City News Herald