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Posted on: October 3, 2023

View the concepts for West Beach Drive Multi-Use Sidewalk Project

Map of Beach Drive between Frankford Avenue and 6th Street

The City of Panama City received an $8 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to construct a 12-foot-wide multi-use sidewalk on West Beach Drive from Frankford Avenue to 6th Street.

This project is not included in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) 5-Year Work Program. However, FDOT was granted the funds through a specific Florida Legislature appropriation to award the City the grant to construct the multi-use sidewalk. Based on this, these funds cannot be reappropriated or reassigned.

The goal is to build a scenic waterfront sidewalk along West Beach Drive that increases pedestrian and bike riding connectivity and safety for its users between Downtown Panama City and Historic St. Andrews.

The proposed multi-use sidewalk will be accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and non-motorized vehicles. In addition, the multi-use sidewalk features may include low profile lighting, benches, bike racks, water fountains, parking, and emergency call boxes along the pathway.

Citizens have the opportunity to provide input on each design concept option. The first open house was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at the Bay County Government Center. The displays from the Open House will be available to view at City Hall on October 25, 2023 at 1 p.m. A second public workshop is scheduled to be held in December of 2023. Details will be provided as they become available. Public input received will be taken into consideration when preparing the final design for this project.

Project Overview

  • Project Limits: West Beach Drive from Frankford Avenue to 6th Street
  • Project Length: 1.6 miles
  • Estimated Completion: December 2025
  • Pre-Design Estimated Construction Cost: $ 9.4 Million
  • Post-Design Estimated Construction Cost: To Be Determined
  • Project Lead: Clint Murphy. City of Panama City, Capital Projects Engineer
  • Engineer of Record: Chris Forehand, P.E., Panhandle Engineering

Project Documents

There Are Several Ways to Provide Comments.

*The deadline to submit comments to be included in the initial public comment summary by the project team is 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 3, 2023.


Should you have questions about this project, please contact:

Clint Murphy, Capital Projects Engineer

501 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 771-5728

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact the City of Panama City at (850) 872-3014. If requesting special accommodations or translation services, please provide notification of the need at least seven days prior to the meeting. If hearing impaired, telephone (850) 872-3028 (TDD) for assistance.

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