News Flash

City News

37 Stories
Posted on: August 15, 2022

City Commission adopts FY23 Budget and lowers millage rate

Copy of Tentative Budget (1)

The City Commission of the City of Panama City has adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and a millage rate of 4.7999 mils, which represents a decrease in the millage rate from the previous year. The Commission also approved the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget for ...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Cherry Street Infrastructure Improvement Project to begin in early October

design proposal (1)

The City of Panama City will hold a Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Cherry Street Infrastructure Improvement Project on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 9 a.m.

The project includes reconstruction of Cherry Street from E. Beach Drive to Bonita Avenue. The ma...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Lake Caroline residents partner with City to create Birding Trail

Article written by Tracy Smith, Panama City Resident.

Lake Caroline has gone to the birds! A new birding trail consisting of 10 signs now encourages locals and visitors alike to take a short walk around Lake Caroline and learn more about our feathered frie...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Housing Assistance available for Panama City residents

light-white-house-scaled-e1586985566561-2048x1165

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, the Florida Legislature appropriated funding to the City of Panama City to address unmet housing needs through the Hurricane Housing Recovery program (HHRP) and the State Housing Incentive Partnership (SHIP). The City&...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: August 23, 2022

Panama City Fire Dept. to conduct annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance in September

Photo of a fire hydrant with wording reading annual fire hydrant maintenance

During the month of September, the Panama City Fire Department will conduct annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maintenance includes clearing brush and vegetation from around hyd...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: August 22, 2022

Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program open until October 28

sally damage

Homeowners in the City of Panama City who have experienced repetitive flooding issues may be eligible for a program that would mitigate their homes to prevent future flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the Florida Division of ...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 27, 2022

Public Notice for Panama City Voluntary Home Buyout Program

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

July 26, 2022

City of Panama City as Responsible Entity

501 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

Jennifer Aldridge, (850) 872-3004

These notices shall satisfy two sep...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 20, 2022

Arbitration Panel sides with FEMA on replacement funding for Civic Center

Michael Impact 4pm_Moment

In a disappointing two-to-one ruling by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals arbitration panel, the City’s request for federal funding to replace the Marina Civic Center was denied. Despite the Panel’s ruling, the City is still eligi...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: September 29, 2022

Share your vision for the future Panama City Performing Arts and Events Center

Panama City PAEC_Wilson Butler Architects-Fentress Architects_Page_01

Update: View the slide presentation from the September 27, 2022 PAEC presentation. Phase 1 Final Presentation

The City of Panama City and its architecture firm, Wilson Butler Architects, are Phase conducting a market analysis to help define the ame...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: June 8, 2022

Notice of Public Hearing for Fire Assessment

public hearing (1)

This notice concerns the process the City Commission of the City of Panama City, Florida (the “City”), uses to better and more fairly address the constant challenge of funding the City’s fire department, and is doing so in the context of the City’s prepar...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Panama City to launch new procurement portal to submit bids

download

The City of Panama City is partnering with Bonfire Interactive to create a new procurement portal that will allow you to receive notifications of business opportunities and submit bids and proposals to the City digitally.

The procurement portal is anticipa...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Publix is coming to Panama City North

IMG_7613

Publix is coming to Panama City North!

Blackwater Resources, LLC has started the groundwork for the Panama City Centre, which will be located west of Beard Equipment Company between Highway 231 and Highway 390. The new shopping center will include Publix, ...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 18, 2022

Intersection of Harrison Ave. and Beach Drive to temporarily close on Feb. 21st

Map showing road closure and detour.

Beginning Monday, February 21, 2022, the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Beach Drive will be closed as construction on the Harrison Avenue Streetscape Project moves north.

Motorists are encouraged to use W. 4th Street, Oak Avenue, and Luverne Avenue as...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Engineering Firm presents design for rebuild of St. Andrews Marina

Untitled design (17)

The City's engineering firm for the rebuild of the St. Andrews Marina, Moffatt & Nichol, presented the design and construction phasing plan for the Bulkheads and Utilities Project on Thursday, February 3, 2022. 

The highlights from the meeting...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: March 1, 2022

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideratio...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: January 14, 2022

City awarded $20.4 million to repair infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Michael

DEO Logo

Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday, January 13, 2022 that more than $20 million has been awarded to the City of Panama City through the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Repair ...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: December 30, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

fema-logo-blue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for the Panama City’s Sudduth Park repairs and new construction due to damages by Hurricane Michael (DR-4399-FL PW 01441). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

fema-logo-blue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideratio...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

Share your feedback on the concept plans for Joe Moody Harris Park

JMHP

The City of Panama City hosted an Open House on Monday, December 13, 2021 to discuss the rebuild of Joe Moody Harris Park.

During the Open House, the City’s architecture and engineering firm for the project displayed concept ideas for the public to view an...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Share your feedback on the concept plans for three parks

2021-11-05_CoveHentzHarry_Park Concept Boards Revised_Page_1

The City of Panama City is currently seeking feedback from the public on the Concept Plans for the renovation of Hentz Park, Harry Edwards Park, and Cove Lane Park. 

Panhandle Engineering, Inc. presented the designs during an Open House on Novembe...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Share your feedback on the design firm presentations for Performing Arts and Events Center

Untitled design (15)

The City Commission for the City of Panama City heard presentations on October 15, 2021 from four architecture and engineering firms interested in partnering with the City for the design of the City’s new Performing Arts and Events Center. 

Each f...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Planning Board to discuss Proposed Neighborhood Zoning Maps for Glenwood, Millville and St. Andrews

Neighborhoods Map

The Planning Board for the City of Panama City will hold a Public Workshop on November 8, 2021 at 3 p.m. to discuss the Proposed Neighborhood Zoning Maps for the neighborhoods of Glenwood, Millville, and St. Andrews.

The proposed changes are recommendation...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

City awards bid for 23rd Street Plaza Reconstruction Project

Photo of closed road with sign

UPDATE, August 24, 2021

The City Commission awarded a contract to BCL Contractors in the amount of $865,415 for the 23rd Street Plaza Improvements Project. The project includes installing a box culvert, replacing utility lines and repaving the roadway. The...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

Multiple construction projects to begin this summer

Traffic Cones

Multiple construction projects in the City of Panama City will be underway soon. The City Commission awarded contracts for six projects at the Commission Meeting held on June 22, 2021. The projects are outlined below. Updates on construction timelines wil...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City awards bid for Lindenwood Drive Roadway Improvement Project

Photo of Lindenwood Drive

UPDATE (June 22, 2021):

The City Commission has awarded a bid for the Lindenwood Drive Roadway Improvement to American Sand and Asphalt in the amount of $4,400,000.

The project includes enhanced correction to the long standing infrastructure issues...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Police Chief announces retirement after 22-year career

Police Chief Scott Ervin at podium

Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin has announced he will retire on July 16, 2021 after a 22-year career with the department.

Chief Ervin joined the department as a police officer in July of 1999 after serving six years with other law enforcement agencies...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Panama City Police Department implements Body Worn Camera Program

Body Cam

The Panama City Police Department has fully implemented a new Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program.

As part of the City’s initiative to provide the highest level of safety and security for the community, the Mayor and Commissioners approved funding in the 2021 F...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Temporary Structures permitted until October 9, 2021, No-cost permit required

Photo of Recreational Trailer

UPDATE (April 13, 2021):

The use of recreational vehicles, travel trailers, or trailers as temporary emergency residential dwellings on private property or designated areas within the City of Panama City is permitted until October 9, 2021 with a no-cost “T...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

City receives grant for Millville Infrastructure Improvement Project

DEO Logo

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) have awarded the City of Panama City $18,986,552 in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to replace key and vital infrastructure in the his...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

City Commission hires new City Clerk-Treasurer

Photo of Janette Smith

The City Commission of the City of Panama City has hired Janette Smith to serve as the new City Clerk-Treasurer for the City. Smith’s employment contract was unanimously approved by the Mayor and Commissioners at their meeting on April 27, 2021.

“As we lev...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Quality of Life Dept. planning improvements to McKenzie Park and park's tree canopy

Photo of public meeting at McKenzie Park

The report from Legacy Arborist Services regarding the Mckenzie Park Tree Assessment Follow-up may be viewed in this link: https://www.pcgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/5726/McKenzie-Park-Updated-Arborist-Report.

===

The City of Panama City’s Quality o...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

City Commission adopts changes to the City’s Nuisance Ordinance

Photo of boarded up window with words, Nuisance Ordinance Update

The City Commission of the City of Panama City adopted changes to the City’s Nuisance Ordinance on February 9, 2021 to provide clarity regarding existing nuisance codes. The changes include defining temporary safeguards and establishing a temporary time l...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Quality of Life Dept. transforming traffic signal boxes into public artwork

Artwork being installed on traffic signal box

Intersections in the City of Panama City are becoming a little more creative. The City’s Quality of Life Department is transforming select traffic signal and utility boxes into public artwork.

Beginning this week, vinyl wraps featuring artwork from local a...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Panama City Awarded $5 Million for Voluntary Home Buyout Program

Flooded home with caption Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) allocated a total of $27 million for the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program (VHBP) to assist local governments in the Panhandle in purchasing properties that experienced damage during Hurrica...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Panama City Police Dept. receives highest level of achievement in Florida accreditation

Photo of members of PCPD

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) has awarded the Panama City Police Department with Excelsior Recognition, the highest level of achievement in Florida accreditation that a criminal justice agency can receive.

The Commiss...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

ReHouse Bay Initiative Assists Hurricane Michael Survivors

Home with ReHouse Bay logo in the center

ReHouse Bay, a housing initiative launched in June to assist Hurricane Michael survivors, has received more than 500 unique inquiries on its new website, www.rehousebay.org. The program, administered by the City of Panama City and Bay County, connects res...

Read on...

City News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City Manager selects new Fire Chief for Panama City Fire Department

Photo of David Collier

The City of Panama City is pleased to announce the promotion of David Collier as the new Fire Chief for the Panama City Fire Department.

City Manager Mark McQueen and senior staff received 25 applications for the position and interviewed seven candidates, ...

Read on...

City News