Florida city hopes for more families on Spring Break

Posted at 4:43 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 16:43:18-05

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tourism officials in one Florida city are still hoping to reel in more families and fewer rowdy college students during Spring Break.

Sick of Panama City Beach's reputation as a party town and horrified by a shooting and videotaped rape in 2015, officials three years ago passed a sweeping set of laws, including a ban on drinking on the beach, meant to discourage Spring Breakers from coming to town.

The News Herald reports results were immediate and swift.

In 2016, tourism officials reported an $84 million drop in spending on hotels based on bed tax revenues.

Many people reported a reduction in tourism-related jobs.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)