BeLocal Bay County

Discover Local Favorites in your hometown!

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Welcome! We’re here to help.

With BeLocal, there’s no need to wonder where longtime residents go for fun, food, shopping, activities, and more. Simply flip through the pages of your free BeLocal magazine to discover local favorites.

Thousands of new movers (and locals) have turned to BeLocal for guidance. Our magazine shares stories and descriptions of community gems — and so much more. BeLocal is the perfect resource to find dependable businesses to suit whatever needs you may have. As your go-to guide for all things local, we’re so happy you’re here.

When it comes to advice you can trust, who better to hear from than long-time community residents?

Take a peek inside the latest issue for words of wisdom and smart suggestions from true locals.

Starting over in a new hometown is never simple.

But through BeLocal, you can easily explore local living at its finest. Check out the articles below to learn more about some of the best “hidden gems” the community has to offer.

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Marta Rose-Thorpe

Marta Rose-Thorpe

Marta Rose-Thorpe is an Area Director in the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Region and runs two publications, Grand Lagoon Life in the Bay Point community of PCB and BeLocal Bay County. Prior to joining The N2 Company, Marta’s career included advertising, marketing, public relations, and events. After graduating from UCF in Orlando, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked at numerous advertising agencies, both large and boutique.

She moved back to Florida in ’04 and became Director of Communications for the Panama City Beach Chamber for nine years, followed by running marketing and events for a local PCB dealership for four years. Marta is married to her “lifemate and rock” Jimy Thorpe, and the two enjoy life with their teenage son Leo. When not working Marta enjoys dancing, singing, jogging, cooking, creating music, and traveling.

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@belocalbayfl welcomes new partner Havana Night Restaurant & Bakery!🇨🇺 Meet Jose, owner of this wonderful new establishment serving the best Cuban and Latino fare.😋
1409 Hwy. 231 in Panama City
Thank you DJ Vladi for these fantastic drone shots of Capt. Anderson's Event Center & Marina. ⭐️Parties are better on the water!⭐️ Call to book your event today at 850-691-5653.
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When someone moves to a new city or a new community, they need certain resources… Some immediately, and some within the next 30, 60, 90 days. 

Home Furnishings is one of those things that needs to come right away. @belocalbayfl is proud to partner with @shorehousefurniture to let all brand new movers coming into Bay County every month (and there are thousands!) know about setting up their new home with the help of Shore House Furniture.🌊☀️🌴
New GOD IS GOOD🙏🏻 hats available at @thepourpcb 
BeLocal Bay County welcomes new Partner @howelltackle … for all your bait, rods, reels, ropes, anchors & tackle needs!🐠
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