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Local businesses are preparing for the spring break crowds and hiring workers now

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — With spring break approaching, businesses are trying to prepare.

Rodeway Inn hotel owner Nirav Banker said the pandemic had slowed business, but that has now changed.

“We’ve seen extreme numbers of tourists entering the area,” Banker said.

Banker and his wife, Amee, have taken over the Panama City business since they were short-staffed. Not only do they manage the hotel, but they also do the cleaning.

“We’re definitely looking for a housekeeper right now and grounds maintenance,” Banker said.

Across the bridge, it’s a similar story to Diego’s Burrito Factory in Panama City Beach. Bartender Claudia Arango said she was preparing the bar for the crowds by stocking up on drinks and cleaning up.

“We are trying to do deep cleanings before the start of the season. We just have to make sure we have enough alcohol,” Arango said.

Both locations are still looking to hire more staff for this busy season. If you are interested, call the numbers below or drop by for an application.

Rodeway Inn – 4111 US-98, Panama City, FL, 32401 – 850-784-1777

Diego’s Burrito Factory – 15514 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413 – 850-249-7373

According to Becky Samarripa, communications manager for CareerSource Gulf Coast, there are currently 341 job openings in Bay County.

“2021 has been a spectacular year for tourism in the Bay County area, and with that comes the creation of more jobs in the recreation and hospitality industry. With the low unemployment rate in region of 3.4%, we are seeing the use of creative tactics to recruit new talent to fill the more than 1,200 jobs created during the year in leisure and hospitality,” Samarripa said.

Bay District Schools communications director Sharon Michalik said a student job fair will be held at Bay High on May 2, JR Arnold High on May 4 and Rutherford High on May 6.

“If you are interested in hiring students for summer or year-round positions, please email our communications office at [email protected] as soon as possible to secure your spot. . Hundreds of students and many of their parents have participated in career fairs over the past year and they have been very productive for both our students and our employers,” said Michalik.

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