Tax reports from the TDC (Tourist Development Council) showed a 40% decrease in March tax revenue for 2016 compared to the prior year. Hotels and rental management companies are forecasting even lighter spring break traffic this year. What was previously considered a peak rental month is now another quiet rental month for many condo owners in Panama City Beach.
This is a very touchy issue in Panama City Beach. I just thought it would be helpful to present the data for condo owners.
The Panama City Tourist Development Council has voted to recommend the Weeks Marine company be awarded the beach renourishment project. On January 4, the council voted to approve the company for the project and increase the project budget to $17 million, up from $12 million. The final vote will be held by the Bay County Commission.
A look back at 2016 condo sales in Panama City Beach
The 2016 Panama City Beach condo market was a bit of a mixed bag. The average sales price per square foot for condos built in the area after 2001 are down less than 1% from last year. This year saw some floor plans increase in price while others were flat or fell lower. There is still a healthy demand for condos as the area continues to improve and mature. Strict financing requirements are providing a healthy market free from speculators and flippers.
The long overdue road improvement project on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, scheduled to begin over a year ago, is now ready to start after delays related to state permitting issues. The delays finally ended in July and the Panama City Beach City Council has agreed to take over control of the segment of road where the project is being completed. The part of road in question goes from 500 feet west of Richard Jackson Boulevard to South Thomas Drive. There are several condominium complexes that will benefit from this road project including: Long Beach Condominium, Twin Palms, Ocean Ritz, Grandview, Marisol, Majestic Beach Resort, and Ocean Villa. The project, a $14.2 million endeavor, was awarded to GAC contractors. The goal of the project is to improve underground utilities in the area while also adding landscaped medians, sidewalks and new transit lanes.
After three consecutive years of price increases (2013 - 10.6%, 2014 10.4%, and 2015 7%), the fourth year failed to materialize. 2016 is a mixed year for condo sales prices in Panama City Beach. On average the sales prices are down 1.8% this year. Buildings and floor plans individually have been a mixed bag.