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50th Anniversary Celebration Includes Essay Contest

Post Date:02/21/2020 1:40 PM


The City of Panama City Beach is marking 50 years of incorporation in August 2020. The logo to commemorate this event is pictured above. There will be a citywide celebration and free concert at Aaron Bessant Park in August. Look for more information soon on all the activities. As part of the festivities, the City is launching a writing contest for middle school students on the beach. Here's the information:

Writing Contest, 50th Anniversary, City of Panama City Beach 

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the merger of the City of Panama City Beach, the City of Long Beach Resort, and the Town of Edgewater Gulf Beach with the City of West Panama City Beach, the City s sponsoring a writing contest for middle school students on the beach. Your story must be inspired by the prompt:

You will travel into the future and tell us a story about what you see. Panama City Beach is 50 years old this year. What will it look like 50 years from now in the year 2070? Use your imagination and your creative writing skills to paint a picture of Panama City Beach 50 years into the future. What will the beach look like? How will people get around? What new attractions will you see? Describe how much the beach has changed between 2020 and 2070.

(The contest is also open to those on the beach who are home schooled.)

Contest Rules:

    • Only one entry per student.
    • Short stories and entry forms (see attached) must be submitted to
    • Fill out the entry form. (see attached)
    • Deadline to enter is Friday, May 15.
    • Limit your story to 500 words.
    • Entries must include a title page with name of writer, title of story, grade and school.

    Click here for the Essay contest flyer.

    Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at or (850) 233-5100, Ext. 2261.


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