What Gulf Shores needs!
Rip Van winkle

Madisonville, KY

#1 Oct 13, 2012
Convention Center at the state park

Air service from a major carrier like Panama city.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#2 Oct 14, 2012
Rip Van winkle wrote:
Convention Center at the state park
Air service from a major carrier like Panama city.
Perdido Beach resort has 9000 ft of exhibit space and 30,000 feet of meeting rooms. That's not major but you can't have a giant facility until you can have a year round need and not just a seasonal one if it's ever going to pay for itself and not be a boulder around the neck of the taxpayers.
answer

Dawsonville, GA

#3 Oct 14, 2012
"What Gulf Shores needs" should be decided by the people who live, work, and raise their family there. Not by us tourists and part timers who want to change the place to make it just like the town we came from. I'm sure Gulf Shores residents will correct me if I am wrong here.
Give Me a Break

Foley, AL

#4 Oct 14, 2012
"you can't have a giant facility until you can have a year round need and not just a seasonal one if it's ever going to pay for itself"

Yes,that is why there are no regional shopping centers here like the Eastern Shore Shopping Center. Marketers are very keen about where they decide to locate and can't afford to locate in an area that has population cycles like Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Tanger Outlet is unique because it can draw people from surrounding areas on a constant basis and because it is comprised of small outlet stores and not big box stores like Belks or Macy's.
Brett Robinson

Madisonville, KY

#5 Oct 14, 2012
There are many groups that would flock to the area if there were a place to hold conventions in the fall and winter. Air traffic is not good as Panama City is not getting Southwest tourists from all over the country year round. Time to wake up or lose out?
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#6 Oct 15, 2012
answer wrote:
"What Gulf Shores needs" should be decided by the people who live, work, and raise their family there. Not by us tourists and part timers who want to change the place to make it just like the town we came from. I'm sure Gulf Shores residents will correct me if I am wrong here.
OH , so spend the tax money from the condos and vacation homes at the whim of the locals only? Don't think so!

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