Started just two years ago, Mr. Mike's Transportation has already expanded and another bus has joined the fleet.

"In the last two years we've doubled in size with weddings and kids activities," said owner Mike McIntosh.

McIntosh attributes his overwhelming success to being local, independent, not a big conglomerate, and dependable with first-class equipment and personnel.

"It's becoming more and more popular," he said. "I'll pick you up and take care of you. I baby people. It's something I enjoy dong and it's worked out."

Mr. Mike's Transportation is registered at both airports, and he will transport customers to destinations in Panama City or Fort Walton Beach.

Both of his buses seat 15 comfortably and for a wedding can carry 20.

"Lots of people are coming to the area and they need transportation. I can pick up a group and Uber can't do that," he said.

Every day during the school year McIntosh picks up kids at their home and takes them to school then goes back and gets them.

"The school system has school buses, but the parents prefer their kids ride with me," he said. "We give premium service."

While most shuttle services charge an additional surcharge for early or late pickups, McIntosh does not, choosing to charge one set fee.

McIntosh drove for other shuttle services before striking out on his own and purchasing a TurtleTop that also seats 15.

"I felt this area could use another service," he said. "There's no place for guests to park their cars if they are gong to a wedding on the beach. I can take them and go back and pick them up."

His service is not a party bus, though. However, if several couples want to go out for dinner or a night on the town, he will take them and return to pick them up, even in Panama City.

"It's cheaper than a DUI," he said.

The buses are air conditioned and have leather seats and he has all the credentials for the airports. Prices depend on how many are in the bus. The service may be rented by the hour or for three hours.

Check out Mr. Mike's shuttle online at or call 797-0808.