||02-14-2012 02:23 PM
Massive Bikini Parade Planned in Panama City
Panama City Beach, Fla. is attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the Largest Bikini Parade and knock Australia off its throne. But not everyone in the city is happy about it.
The event, on March 6, is taking place at one of the most popular spring break destinations in the country, known for its golden sands, clear waters, and of course bikinis.
But some city leaders say the idea to have hundreds of women parade around in a two-piece swimsuit would devolve into "Girls Gone Wild" on the beach.
“We’ll have a lot of college kids and there’s a lot of hormones flowing out there. It’s very volatile and it doesn’t take a whole lot for things to go sour,” said Panama City Beach city council member Ken Nelson.
The Bay County Tourist Development Council, which came up with the idea to promote the area and get more tourists to the beach, is defending the event. They need at least 358 girls in bikinis to break Australia’s Gold Coast record.
“Panama City Beach claims to be a real fun beach destination. It’s a great way for us to do something fun that’s just a lot of fun to highlight as a beach destination,” said Dan Rowe executive director of the Bay County Tourist Development Council.
Nelson says he first became concerned about the bikini parade when the Panama City Beach Police raised their fears that they would be understaffed and couldn’t handle the event.
“The police department’s first fear was that this has a real good opportunity to become x-rated real quick,” said Nelson.
But organizers believe the event will go on without a hitch.
“I understand the concerns for that but I don’t think its that typ
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