I’ve heard several times since I started the Working Billboards project last summer that “We don’t want to become another Destin.” Most recently, I read that the new mayor of Panama City said it when he became elected last month. (He’s not the beach mayor… what’s he worried about?)
Anyway, when I go to Destin, I see:
- excited tourists, mostly from within driving distance, mostly from Metro Atlanta.
- crowds. period.
- expensive cars.
- nice shops and restaurants.
What’s wrong with any of that? In comparison, I drive PCB and see moderate crowds at best, a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’, and a dollar store or head shop every 100 yards.
Please someone, tell me, what’s wrong with trying to be more like Destin when it comes to having a clean image and attracting more money to our county’s economy?