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Considered one of the world's most beautiful beaches for its sugar white sand and emerald blue-green waters, Panama City Beach has, until recently, remained one of Florida's undiscovered treasures. First documented by Spanish explorers in the 1500s and later by the English, the region remained unsettled because of its inaccessibility and marauding renegade inhabitants. At a time when property was valued according to the crops it could grow, the beach was dismissed as a "no man's land" unsuitable for habitation. The early 1930s and the Hathaway Bridge, connecting Panama City Beach to the mainland, marked its "discovery" and the beginning of area tourism.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.52(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.39(d)|
About the Author
Author Jan Smith enjoys the time she spends at her home in Panama City Beach and is proud of the community and its history. Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of local support from people such as Bay County librarian Rebecca Brown Saunders and others, Smith has gathered a unique collection of beachside photographs reflecting the lively and colorful past of this dynamic Gulf Coast resort.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a recent Gulf Coast vacationer, I was thrilled to find Jan Smith's book about Panama City Beach. The book is well-written and offers an amazing overview of past and present history. I espcially enjoyed the photographs.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jan's book. It was like looking through an old family album filled with memories. This book shows the way Panama City Beach used to be, along with current attractions and the changing landscape of this well-loved family resort. It is a compilation of historic photos from the past, to the present. Jan did a great job capturing the essence of this beach town through the years. A wonderful addition to your library of vacation spots and travel books.
Ms. Smith captures the true spirit of Panama City- a must read!!!!
A delightful collection of historic and memorable photos from one of the best kept secrets in Florida--Panama City Beach. The variety of the pictures and the true life captions are almost like being there. A great book to take out at any time of the year and remember the warm sun and sugar white sands of one of the country's best vactation spots.