COMMUNITY SHOWCASE featuring PANACEA/OCHLOCKONEE BAY, FL
Panacea, an historic waterfront village long recognized for its commercial seafood industry, is located along Dickerson Bay nestled between the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Apalachicola National Forest. In the early 1900s, Panacea was a popular destination known for the healing attributes of its mineral springs. The area boomed with hotels, restaurants, health spas, baths, boardwalks, piers and pavilions, until it was hit by the Depression and a major hurricane in1928. Panacea now lures visitors with the promise of fresh seafood, excellent fishing, and an abundance of opportunities for wildlife observation. Home to the Blue Crab Festival held the first Saturday of May and the Mighty Mullet Festival held in the fall, Panacea is proud of its maritime history and expanse of undisturbed natural areas. The Wakulla Welcome Center is located in Panacea, as well as the planned waterfront site of the Big Bend Maritime Center.