Deer Point Reservoir drawdown set to begin Dec. 12
Date posted: 11/21/2013 03:56:39 PM
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Bay County Utilities will begin a winter drawdown of Deer Point Reservoir, as requested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The drawdown is aimed at reducing the number of weeds growing in the reservoir by killing them due to exposure to freezing temperatures. The action, according to the FWC, would serve to decrease nuisance aquatic vegetation, improve boater access and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
The effort is expected to last 45 days until Jan. 30, barring unexpected interruptions outside Bay County Utilities’ control such as heavy rainfalls that could raise water levels and extend the drawdown’s timetable. FWC requests that the reservoir be drawn down to an average target depth of 24 to 36 inches.
Waterfront property owners should plan during this time to make repairs to their docks and bulkheads. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) must approve any major projects, and owners contemplating repairs should contact FDEP to determine whether a permit is necessary and to obtain a permit so work may be completed during the drawdown period.
For more information, please call Bay County Utility Services at 248-5010.
Veterans Day Parade to feature new route
Date posted: 10/07/2013 12:51:27 PM
On Monday, Nov. 11 the Bay County Board of County Commissioners, with assistance from the Bay County Veterans Council, will host Bay County's annual Veterans Day Parade in Panama City; however, this year the parade route has changed.
The parade, a tribute to military personnel, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and West 13th Street and then proceed south on Harrison Avenue, turning right onto 11th Street. The parade will proceed west and pass in review in front of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., followed by a short ceremony.
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Bill Gobat will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The guest speaker will be Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell. The ceremonies will also include a soloist, Panama City Pipes and Drums, and Mosley High School Marine Corps JROTC.
The agenda for the parade and following ceremony is as follows:
- Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 10:30 a.m. in front of the Bay County Government Center
- Welcome by Bay County Commissioner George Gainer
- Invocation by Father Roy Marien, priest of St. John Catholic Church of Panama City
- National Anthem by Addie Hampton
- Guest speaker, Commissioner Guy Tunnell
- Laying of the wreath
- Taps performed by Stewart Corbin
- Flyover by Tyndall Air Force Base (tentative)
- Performance by the Panama City Pipes & Drums
- Closing remarks by Bill Gobat
- Benediction by Father Marien
4th Annual Haunted Hayride Oct. 25-26
Date posted: 10/02/2013 02:21:57 PM
Bay County Parks and Recreation will hold its 4th annual Haunted Hayride on Oct. 25 and 26 at H.G. Harder's Park, located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City.
The public is invited to attend a frightful, fun-filled, family-oriented event at a bargain price. Adult admission is $5; children 13 to seven years old may enter for $3; and children six and under enter at no charge. The ticket booth will open at 5:30 p.m. and sales end at 10 p.m. both nights. The hayride begins at dusk. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The trail winds through about a mile of the park's wooded walking track and features dozens of haunted sites along the way, manned by volunteers.
Last year, some 5,000 visitors braved the county's spooky setup, raising around $17,000 for charity.
For the younger children - or the faint of heart - from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 visit the Pumpkin Patch, a free, fun alternative to trick or treating with games, candy and more. A costume contest will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pumpkin Patch, with prizes in four age groups. Children two and under will compete for the top prizes of cutest and funniest; and kids ages three to five, six to eight and nine to 10 years old will compete for the scariest or cutest designation.
Please come out and enjoy this year's Haunted Hay Ride and support a worthy cause. For more information, please call Janie Lucas at 784-4065.
Blood pressure management class available
Date posted: 09/12/2013 03:01:16 PM
The University of Florida/IFAS Bay County Extension and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County will offer a series of free classes aimed at helping people manage their blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease through nutrition and exercise.
Participants will learn how to evaluate their risk, build activity into their lives, become familiar with the DASH Diet, decode food labels, reform favorite recipes and eat out sensibly. Participants will taste low-sodium and reduced-fat recipes. The classes will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 30 in the Health Department Auditorium, located at 597 W. 11th St., Panama City. To register, call 872-4455 Ext. 1344.
BCAC begins “Fat Cat Tuesday”
Date posted: 09/12/2013 03:00:53 PM
Throughout the month of September, beginning Sept. 3, Bay County Animal Control introduces "Fat Cat Tuesdays."
Each Tuesday in September, all adult cats will be available for adoption at a reduced rate of $20.
"We are at capacity for cats," Carol Treftz, Bay County Animal Control director, said, adding that BCAC sees a lot of adult, spayed or neutered cats as owner surrenders. "We'd like a family cat to go back to a family."
Treftz said that each month Animal Control will do a reduced-rate adoption special. In October, all orange and black cats will be available at a rolled-back fee.
"We want to make having an animal affordable for everyone, and a house is not a home without a pet," Treftz said. "Fat cats need a chance too."
For more information about how to adopt a pet from Bay County Animal Control, please visit www.baycountyfl.gov.
Utilities Services conducting dam maintenance
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:59:54 PM
Deer Point Reservoir will be lowered to 4.5 feet this week as Bay County Utility Services conducts maintenance work on the dam structure.
Following the area's recent spate of rainfall, the work is necessary to ensure no trees, limbs or debris is blocking the outflow areas of the dam, according to Bay County Utilities Director Paul Lackemacher.
"We just need to make sure there's nothing to prevent the dam from working properly moving forward and check that there are no mechanical problems with the structure," Lackemacher said.
The lake level needs to be at 4.5 feet for the workers' safety, Lackemacher said, adding that he expects the work to be completed by the end of the week.
Final budget meetings set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:59:15 PM
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will hold the final two budget meetings at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 3 and Sept. 17 in the Commission Chambers of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11 St., Panama City.
The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live at www.baycountyfl.gov. For more information, please call Valerie Sale at 248-8170.
Allison Avenue to close for utility work
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:58:54 PM
Utility work by the city of Panama City Beach will require the closure of Allison Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The road will be closed south of the intersection of Faith Avenue and Allison Avenue, and traffic will be detoured to Moylan Road.
Wastewater employees awarded for excellence
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:58:27 PM
Bay County Utility Services' Wastewater Division proudly announces that the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) recently honored two of its own for their outstanding service and achievements.
Wastewater Operations Supervisor Albert Bock received the Dr. A.P. Black Award, given to a wastewater operator whose outstanding personal performance is deserving of special recognition by the Board of Directors the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association.
Environmental Specialist/Pretreatment Coordinator Gary Thrift was awarded the Robert E. Heilman Award for his excellent job performance and dedication, commitment and innovative approach to wastewater pretreatment above and beyond the requirements of Florida regulations.
"We're so fortunate to have employees of this caliber working for Bay County Utilities," Paul Lackemacher, Utilities Services director, said. "Albert and Gary demonstrate unrivaled commitment to their work and to the citizens of Bay County. Congratulations to both of these dedicated Bay County employees."
Watershed planning workshop set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:57:40 PM
Two or more members of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners plan to attend a St. Andrew and St. Joe Bay Watershed Planning Workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CDT on Aug. 14 in Room 1030 of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City.
Representatives from Bay and Gulf counties, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy, will continue discussions for a watershed level plan for the St. Andrew-St. Joe bays region. For more information, please email Bay County RESTORE Act Coordinator Jim Muller at email@example.com.
Cooperative Extension Office to relocate
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:57:18 PM
On Monday, Aug. 5, The UF/IFAS Bay County Cooperative Extension Office will be temporarily relocated to allow for a wind and flood retrofit of the current office building in the Cedar Grove community.
The Extension Office, now located at 2728 E. 14th St., Panama City will be closed Wednesday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 2 and will reopen Monday, Aug. 5 at a new, temporary location at 225 McKenzie Ave., Panama City, behind the Bay County Courthouse.
The retrofit project, aimed at making the building better able to withstand severe weather, is funded via a $319,000 Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant from the state and is expected to take about four months to complete, weather permitting.
The Extension Office is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the Extension program, please visit http://bay.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Bay County awarded for JLUS
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:56:52 PM
The Bay County Planning and Zoning Department recently won the 2013 Outstanding Strategic Plan Award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. The award was for the Naval Support Activity Panama City Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), completed in November 2009 and implemented in three phases over two years.
The JLUS provided recommendations for promoting compatible community growth while supporting NSA-PC's training and operational missions. The study also addressed encroachment issues that threaten the base’s viability.
Bay County implemented the recommendations from the study through land development code changes, comprehensive plan amendments, reports and studies, with the assistance of consultant WilsonMiller Stantec.
"The implementation of JLUS has helped foster collaboration and better coordination between the military and local governments," Bay County Planning Director Martin Jacobson said. "We had one goal in mind – to ensure the base's success while safeguarding the needs of the nearby communities."
A Military Influence Overlay District (MIOD) was established in the county's Comprehensive Plan along with new zoning regulations and guidelines within the Land Development Regulations. Military Influence Areas (MIAs) were identified to cover issues dealing with frequency interference, land/water dock/pier construction, anti-terrorism and force protection, and line-of-sight protection.
Bay County Planning staff worked with WilsonMiller Stantec and used these MIAs to further investigate possible encroachment issues between NSA-PC and the surrounding areas.
NSA-PC, located on the western shore of St. Andrews Bay, is comprised of 657 acres, 221 buildings, hosts 13 tenant commands and is the premier dive training and littoral warfare center for divers from all branches of the U.S. military.
The waters in and around St. Andrews Bay provide ideal areas for rough and calm water training. NSA-PC also houses the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the top naval system laboratory for the Department of Defense. There they perform research design, testing, and evaluation on mines, mine warfare, underseas countermeasures, diving and life support systems and littoral warfare. NSA-PC employs over 2,800 civilian and military personnel.
Centennial celebration set for July 1
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:55:56 PM
In recognition of Bay County's 100th birthday, the Bay County Centennial Committee will host a celebration from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 1 at McKenzie Park in downtown Panama City.
"One hundred years ago to the day, our ancestors celebrated the incorporation of Bay County with a picnic at McKenzie Park," Terri Pierce, Centennial Committee chairwoman said. "We intend to honor them by recreating that celebration."
The event will feature free barbecue plates, hamburgers and hotdogs sponsored by J.R.'s Rib Shack and cupcakes donated by Sugar Boogers, along with bluegrass music performed by Deep South Bluegrass Band, speeches by local dignitaries and tours of the historic Sapp and McKenzie houses.
Attendees should bring blankets or chairs, and while the food is free, donations are appreciated.
For more information, call Terri Pierce at 248-8277.
Co-op to hold ornamental gardening class
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:55:17 PM
The UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Office will offer a class on Ornamental Garden Planning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Extension Office located at 2728 E. 14th St., Panama City. The class will help gardeners properly asses the garden site and choose the right plant for the right place.
The 1.5-hour class is free, but participants are asked to pre-register by June 13 to ensure sufficient class materials are available. Call Horticulture Extension Agent Julie McConnell 748-6105 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRS report available online
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:54:57 PM
Bay County's annual Community Rating System (CRS) Progress Report is available online for download. The CRS is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) –sponsored voluntary program that aims to help participating communities take steps to reduce flood losses, facilitate accurate insurance ratings and promote awareness of flood insurance.
The progress report, located at www.baycountyfl.gov, discusses the primary causes of flooding in Bay County and provides historical data regarding heavy rain or tropical weather events. It also covers measures the county takes to prevent flood damage and losses through floodplain management and stormwater drainage management.
Bay County's participation in the federal program helps residents in unincorporated Bay County receive discounts on flood insurance premiums. The county’s current CRS rating of "5" provides a 25-percent annual discount to flood insurance policy holders.
For more information, call Wayne Porter at 248-8250.
Pavement testing to cause traffic delays
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:54:12 PM
Bay County Public Works will conduct pavement testing on Jenks Avenue from Baldwin Road to approximately 1,000 feet south of 26th Street beginning Monday, May 20.
The work will require intermittent lane closures and associated delays through May 24. Work will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and may continue from 6 p.m. until dark.
Bay County Utilities wins two statewide awards
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:53:47 PM
The Bay County Commission proudly announces that Bay County Utilities Services received two first-place statewide awards during the 2013 Florida Water Resources Conference in Orlando.
The Bay County water treatment plant won the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) 2012 Outstanding "Class A" Water Treatment Plant Award out of some 200 plants in its class, statewide. A Class A plant is the most complex, sophisticated type of treatment facility, including plants with chemical processes of coagulation and filtration and a daily volume exceeding 5 million gallons. Bay County's water treatment plant also won water quality awards from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2011 and 2012.
Bay County Utilities' Wastewater Division won the Earle B. Phelps Award from the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA). The Phelps award recognizes the wastewater treatment plant maintaining the highest removal of pollution-causing constituents prior to discharge of the treated effluent.
"Over the past two years, BCUS has been repeatedly acknowledged for the outstanding work of our employees," Bay County Utilities Services Director Paul Lackemacher said. "Having both the water and wastewater divisions earn such prestigious recognition from the leaders, regulators and, most important, our peers in the industry, confirms that we have achieved the highest standards for Bay County citizens."
Bay County's is the only utility in 22 years to win both awards for water and wastewater treatment in the same year.
County, FWC to open gun range to public
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:52:36 PM
The Bay County Commission and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a series of public shooting range events at the Campflowers Gun Range as they work toward establishing a permanent public facility at another location.
The Campflowers Gun Range, located at 8428 S. Campflowers Rd. in Youngstown, will be open to the public on the following dates:
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Saturday, May 18
Sunday, May 19
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9
Saturday, July 13
Sunday, July 14
Daily Schedule (Hours of Operation 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.):
8am-noon – 10-yard pistol
Noon-4pm – 100-yard rifle
Shotguns are prohibited and target frames and backings will be provided; however, shooters must bring their own paper targets. The range fee will be $10 per adult, payable by cash or check only, and minors under the age of 16 are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.
"This partnership between FWC and the Bay County Commission fulfills the requests of many Bay County residents looking for a safe, inexpensive place to practice their firearms skills," Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell said. "It just makes good public safety sense."
Any fees left after operational costs are covered will go toward establishing a permanent gun range in Bay County.
"FWC is happy to be able to assist in providing an opportunity for Bay County residents to safely enjoy shooting sports. The upcoming range day events will offer a great opportunity for those looking to practice marksmanship, sight in a rifle or simply gain more experience with their personal firearms in a safe environment," said FWC's NW Regional Coordinator of Hunter Safety and Public Shooting Ranges George Warthen.
County to hold Memorial Day observance
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:51:39 PM
At 10 a.m. May 27, Memorial Day, the Bay County Board of County Commissioners and the Bay County Veterans Council present the annual Memorial Day observance at Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City.
The agenda for the event is as follows:
• Introduction by the master of ceremonies, Lt. Col. Bill Gobat, USMC Retired
• Patriotic music by Kayla Zimmerman
• Invocation by Dr. Dan Mitchell, pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven
• Presentation of colors by the Mosley High School Color Guard Corps JROTC; Pledge of Allegiance lead by Lt. Col. Gobat; national anthem by Kayla Zimmerman
• Wreath presentation by Marine Corps League, Detachment 065
• Roll Call and Honor Walk by various veterans’ organizations/troops
• Recognition of special guests, including widows, mothers and parents of deceased veterans
• Introduction of guest speaker Col. David E. Graff, 325th Fighter Wing Commander, Tyndall Air Force Base
• Benediction by Dr. Dan Mitchell
• Twenty-one gun salute by the Gulf State Guards, Inc.
• Taps by Stewart Corbin, trumpeter, orchestra member of First Baptist Church of Panama City
• Salute to our fallen veterans by the Warrior Watch Riders
The public is invited to attend this event.
County to receive record BP settlement
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:51:16 PM
On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Bay County Commission reached an agreement with British Petroleum (BP) to settle economic losses associated with the incident.
This settlement, in excess of $15 million, represents the largest economic loss claim paid by BP to a local government and serves to compensate Bay County and the Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC) for past, present and future lost revenues associated with the April 20, 2010 spill. While the Commission and TDC considered litigation, ongoing settlement negotiations with BP eventually led to an agreement.
"We are proud to have reached this settlement on behalf the people of Bay County, who unfairly suffered as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill," said Bay County Commission Chairman George Gainer. "As we mark the anniversary of this tragic event, it is right that Bay County can now move beyond it and use this money to support greater growth and prosperity."
Bay County’s portion of the claim amounted to $9.7 million. In determining the claim amount, the county considered the oil spill's impact on a variety of revenue streams, including solid waste tipping fees, specialty waste fees, electricity sales, water utility fees, communications services taxes, vessel registration fees and pier fees.
The Bay County and TDC claims were developed with the best experts in anticipation of litigation and presented to BP for consideration. Providing BP with the information they needed to properly evaluate the claims enabled collaboration and ultimately a fair resolution. BP recognized that a one-size approach does not necessarily fit all; Bay County’s damages were unique and required a unique solution.
In 2011, the TDC received an interim claim of $2.5 million from BP, which was used to develop the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. This final settlement would add an additional $5.6 million to the TDC’s coffers.
"The TDC is setting a precedent to say that we did it right and they (BP) made the offer in good faith," Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst said.
The settlement covers only economic damages and does not release BP from any current or future response obligations or from any natural resource damages.
These settlements, combined totaling almost $18 million, were obtained by a legal team led by Nix Patterson and Roach, LLP, Bay County law firms Harrison Sale McCloy and Harrison Rivard Duncan & Buzzett, as well as the Tampa-based law firm of Fowler White.
Centennial Committee to hold celebration at McKenzie House April 24
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:50:18 PM
The public is invited to participate in the Bay County Centennial Committee’s Legislative Formation Day Celebration, set for 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the historic McKenzie House in downtown Panama City.
April 24, 1913 was the day the formation of Bay County was approved by the Florida Legislature. In recognition of that important day, the Bay County Centennial Committee will hold an evening of refreshments, entertainment, historical displays and tours of the McKenzie House located at 17 E. 3rd Ct., Panama City.
For more information about the event, call Becky Saunders at 522-2130.
Preserving Your Harvest Year Round
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:49:53 PM
The University of Florida/IFAS Bay County Extension will offer free classes about preserving fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat, poultry, game and fish. The classes will help ensure quality foods by controlling microorganisms, enzymes, oxygen and moisture loss in food.
Participants will learn the importance of preserving food and how food preservation methods work, the difference between low acid and high acid foods, safe and unsafe canning methods, selecting the right canning equipment and basic canning. The class will be held Wednesday, April 17 and again on Saturday, May 4. The classes will be held at the Extension Office, located at 2728 E. 14th St. from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Bay County Waste Amnesty Days set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:49:26 PM
Bay County's annual Waste Amnesty Days and Recycling Round-up will be Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 10 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Steelfield Landfill located at 11411 Landfill Road in West Bay, off State 79.
Residents may drop off their yard debris, household garbage and hazardous waste at no charge and are encouraged to bring recyclable materials as well. Fish ponds stocked by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be open to fishing for customers who drop off recyclables from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers must supply their own fishing equipment and bait, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is open to Bay County residents only. Proof of residency is required (e.g., driver's license, power bill, voter registration card).
The following materials will be accepted:
• Appliances (air conditioners, dryers, stoves, washing machines, etc.)
• Construction and demolition debris (concrete, lumber, sheet rock, etc.)
• Trash (kitchen garbage, furniture, carpet, clothes, etc.)
• Household hazardous waste (pesticides, paints, used oil, fluorescent tubes, antifreeze, etc.)
• Small engine containing devices (lawn mowers, weed eaters, edgers, etc.)
• Yard debris (grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings, etc.)
• Recyclables (batteries, paper, plastic, metals, computers, cell phones, etc.)
Regulations prohibit disposing appliances, household hazardous waste, small engine-containing devices and tires in landfills. The landfill accepts these items but must process them separately from other waste. If possible, please stage these materials in the load so they can be dropped off at the designated area.
Bay County will not accept gas cylinders, explosive materials, ammunition or flares. However, residential-sized propane tanks are accepted. The normal tipping fees will still apply to commercial customers.
"This is something we do as a service to the community, giving people an opportunity to clean up their properties and also dispose of household hazardous waste properly without concern about it damaging the local environment," said Bay County Assistant Manager Dan Shaw.
For more information, contact Bay County Solid Waste Management at 236-2212.
More Cooking With Herbs
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:48:37 PM
Have you always wanted to learn more about growing herbs and using them in your recipes? Here’s your chance to attend a class offered by the University of Florida/ IFAS Bay County Extension. The class will feature alternative herb gardening, selecting herb plants, types of herbs, tips on using herbs in recipes (seafood, breads, dips, side dishes), shaking the salt habit, drying herbs, making your own mixes and a chance to taste herbed food samples. The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday March 16 at the Bay County Extension Office, located at 2728 E. 14th St. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. The class cost is $10 per person and must be received by March 14. For more information, call the Extension Office at 784-6105 or E-mail email@example.com.
Bay County to host Easter Egg Hunt
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:48:12 PM
Bay County Parks and Recreation will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at H.G. Harder’s Park. Two egg-hunting areas will be cordoned off, one for children 5 to 9 years old and a separate toddler section.
The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at 1 p.m. to pose for photographs, so parents should be certain to pack a camera. Egg hunting begins at 1:30 p.m., with prizes for the child who finds a golden egg in each age group.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
H.G. Harder’s Park is located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City. For more information, please call Janie Lucas at 784-4065.
Construction to close Transmitter Road
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:47:47 PM
A project to resurface the roadway and add a right turn lane at Transmitter Road will require closure of Transmitter Road from U.S. 231 south to C Street for one day.
Weather permitting, the closure is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The bad-weather backup plan is to work Sunday or at night. The closed section of the roadway pavement will be milled and resurfaced, both of which must be accomplished in the same day due to the high volume of traffic and the poor condition of the existing pavement.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured around the project via Game Farm Road and East Avenue (see map). Detour signs and traffic barricades will be in place prior to the closure. Access to the closed area will be allowed for the water plant and local traffic only.
County to hold Patronis path ribbon cutting
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:47:18 PM
At 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, the Bay County Commission will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Patronis Elementary School Multi-Use Path.
The ribbon cutting will be held on the pathway at the school’s gate, located at 7400 Patronis Dr., Panama City Beach.
The $275,000 project was funded by the Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program. The .30-mile pathway begins at Summer Oak Drive and finishes at Hidden Island Drive and features a wooden bridge, 12 benches arranged in six sitting areas, crosswalk lighting, signage, fencing and bollards to block vehicles from entering the path.
Prior to the project’s completion, Patronis students from the Hidden Pines neighborhood had to access the school via Laird Street to Thomas Drive, which is a long and busy route.
The project was a coordinated effort between Bay County, FDOT, Gulf Power, C.W. Roberts Contracting and Aladay Howell Engineering.
Bay County Cooperative Extension Office/Heath Department team up for heart healt
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:46:47 PM
The UF/IFAS Bay County Cooperative Extension Office and the Bay County Health Department will present a month-long series of classes entitled “Keeping the Pressure Down.”
The program aims to help people attain a healthier lifestyle with strategies and tips for changing eating and exercise habits, encouragement and resources for healthier choices.
The free sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 26 through March 19 at the Bay County Health Department.
To register or for more information, call 872-4455.
Bay County Parks and Recreation offers flag football, softball leagues
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:46:17 PM
Registration for Bay County Parks and Recreation’s 2013 Spring Softball and Flag Football leagues is under way.
League softball begins playing in April; registration and fees must be paid by March 29. The fee for co-ed teams is $375 and for all-men's or all-women's teams is $455. Play will include double headers one night each week for 10 consecutive weeks at H.G. Harder’s Park at 8110 John Pitts Rd.
Also, sign-up has begun for the H.G. Harder's 2013 Spring Flag Football league. Play begins April 3 with fees due March 29. The team fees are $400. Teams may be co-ed. The schedule consists of two games per night on Wednesdays at H.G. Harder’s Park for a total of 14 games plus playoffs that may include Sundays.
An organizational meeting for flag football will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at H.G. Harder's Park.
For more information about flag football or softball leagues, please call Athletic Program Coordinator Janice Hensley at 747-5408 or 819-8677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay County, PCB host turtle lights meeting
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:45:11 PM
Bay County Code Enforcement and the City of Panama City Beach Code Enforcement will host a community meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Panama City Beach Senior Center's Lyndell Building, located at 423 Lyndell Lane, Panama City Beach.
The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions about beach lighting ordinances that must be met by May 1. The ordinances are intended to ensure that sea turtle hatchlings travel toward the gulf rather away from it via the use of turtle-friendly lighting by beachfront properties.
The meeting will feature speakers from local, state and federal government agencies who will cover a variety of related topics. A vendor and exhibit area will showcase wildlife-friendly lighting products.
Tourism professionals, property managers and their staff, contractors, residents and visitors are all encouraged to attend.
For more information about the meeting or the ordinances, please call Lin Bradley, Bay County Code Enforcement, at 248-8291, Jenny McNemar, Bay County Code Enforcement, at 248-8293 or James Tindle, Panama City Beach Code Enforcement, at 233-5054 Ext. 2317.
Bay County Public Safety Coordinating Council 2013 meeting schedule set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:44:32 PM
The Bay Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) meets quarterly to coordinate local criminal justice policy among affected criminal justice entities and serves as an advisory committee to the Bay County Board of County Commissioners.
The PSCC will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1030 of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, on the following dates:
For more information, please contact Brooke Powell at 248-6050.
Bay County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 2013 meeting schedule set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:44:06 PM
The Bay County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Commission Chambers of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL on the following dates:
For more information, please contact Janice Hensley at 747-5408.
2013 Bay County Library Advisory Committee meeting schedule set
Date posted: 09/12/2013 02:43:37 PM
This will serve as public notice for the 2013 meetings of the Bay County Library Advisory Committee. The Library Advisory Committee meets at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month in Community Meeting Room of the Bay County Library, located at 898 W. 11th St, Panama City. The 2013 meetings will be held on the following dates:
For more information, please call Deanne Coffield at 522-2119.
2013 Planning Commission schedule set
Date posted: 01/04/2013 11:43:17 AM
2013 Bay County Planning Commission meeting schedule
This will serve as public notice for the 2013 meetings of the Bay County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in Room 1040 of the Bay County Government Center at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City. The 2013 meetings will be held on the following dates:
** There is no meeting scheduled for January 2013**
For more information, please call Valerie Sale at 248-8170.