Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant has a piece of history in its landscaping. The solid cast bronze propeller is from the British EMS Empire Mica ship that was sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine on June 29, 1942 during World War II. The propeller is 18’ in diameter and weighs 16 tons.
Constructed in 2003, the Hathaway Bridge connects Panama City Beach to Panama City. The bridge is 3,168 feet in length and 65’ above the water line. An average of 100,000 cars pass over the bridge daily. When winds reach or sustains in excess of 40mph, the DOT will temporarily close the bridge.
• The Gulf of Mexico is the 9th largest body of water in the world. It covers 600,000 square miles and is bordered by the U.S., Mexico and Cuba.
• Panama City Beach averages 320 days a year of sunshine. Make sure you bring your sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Panama City Beach averages 4.5 million tourists annually, yet the town has less than 20,000 residents.
• In early 2022, the sandy beaches of Panama City Beach are getting renourished with 2.1 million cubic yards of sand. They will dredge up the sand and then that sand is put back onto the beach. This keeps the beaches beautiful but also helps combat erosion
and protects structures from any storm surge.
• Florida is the flattest state in the United States.
• About 950 people move to Florida on an average day.
• Florida produces more than 70% of the United States’ supply of citrus. In fact, more than 90% of America’s orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges.
• The best time to go diving in Panama City Beach is between April and September.
• The hottest month in the Florida Panhandle is July with an average temperature of 90 degrees. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 63 degrees. And, the wettest month of the year is in July with an average 5.7” of rainfall.
• In Florida, there is a beach no more than an hour’s drive away.