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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Notice of Public Hearing for Annual Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments

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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 th...

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City News
Posted on: July 14, 2021

National Night Out to bring families and law enforcement together on August 3rd

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Join us in Historic Downtown Panama City on Tuesday, August 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m. for National Night Out.
Communities around the nation come together every year on the first Tuesday in August for National Night Out. The annual community-building event helps...
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City News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

City accepting sealed bids for 23rd Street Plaza Reconstruction Project

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UPDATE (July 12, 2021):

The City of Panama City is currently accepting sealed bids for the 23rd Street Plaza Improvements Project, which will reconstruct the roadway and drainage system underneath.

This project consists of the installation of two (2) 8’x8’ ...

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City News
Posted on: July 7, 2021

Open House scheduled to review Bay County Flood Insurance Study

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) are in the process of updating the Bay County Flood Insurance Study. We invite you to attend a Flood Risk Open House to learn more about the study ...

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City News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Interim Police Chief selected for Panama City Police Department

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Panama City City Manager Mark McQueen announced Thursday that Deputy Chief Mark Smith will serve as the interim Police Chief when current Chief Scott Ervin retires on July 16, 2021.

Smith is a 17-year veteran of the Panama City Police Department. He curren...

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City News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

Multiple construction projects to begin this summer

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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...

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City News
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City awards bid for Lindenwood Drive Roadway Improvement Project

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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...

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City News
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Police Chief announces retirement after 22-year career

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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...

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

City working to receive all eligible funding for rebuild of Marina Civic Center

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UPDATE:

Early indications from the Dynamic Pressure and Moisture Intrusion Testing conducted at the Marina Civic Center today show Hurricane Michael-force winds blew storm water into the facility’s exterior mechanical room.

NOVA Engineering and En...

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City News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Deadline announced for Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program

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UPDATE:

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced that June 30, 2021 will be the final day for homeowners with remaining damage from Hurricane Michael to complete applications for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement ...

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City News
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Panama City Police Department implements Body Worn Camera Program

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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 ...

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City News
Posted on: December 7, 2020

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

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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...

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City News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Employ Bay Youth launched to connect employers with job seekers

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The Panama City Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Bay Youth Summer Work Foundation are beginning a new initiative, Employ Bay Youth, to connect businesses in need of employees with young adults looking for a summer job.

The program will provide youn...

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City News
Posted on: May 10, 2021

City receives grant for Millville Infrastructure Improvement Project

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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 ...

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City News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

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The City of Panama City has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), ...

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City News
Posted on: May 3, 2021

City Commission hires new City Clerk-Treasurer

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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....

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City News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

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

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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.

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City News
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Help Us Honor our Healthcare Heroes, Nominate a Medical Professional Here

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The City of Panama City is proud to announce its newest Street Light Banner Program honoring frontline medical professionals — doctors, nurses, medical technicians and others — who have worked around-the-clock caring for our community ...

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City News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

City Commission adopts changes to the City’s Nuisance Ordinance

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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 tempor...

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City News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

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

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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 fr...

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City News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Panama City Awarded $5 Million for Voluntary Home Buyout Program

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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...

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City News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

City accepting interest forms for Hometown Revitalization Program

Business Improvement

The City of Panama City will host three meetings to gather interest from businesses for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) Hometown Revitalization Program.

Business owners may attend the meetings in-person at the listed locatio...

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City News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Informational Meeting scheduled to discuss 23rd Street Plaza Reconstruction Project

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The engineering plan for the reconstruction of 23rd Street Plaza and the stormwater infrastructure underneath is nearly complete. The City of Panama City’s Public Works team anticipates that it will be able to request bids for construction within the next...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Notice of Public Hearing to discuss water and sewer infrastructure improvements

Clean Water Plan

Notice is hereby given that the City Commission for the City of Panama City will hold a Public Hearing on February 9, 2021 at 8 a.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard. The meeting location will be at the Bay County Commission Meeting Room, ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Boat Ramp at Panama City Marina to reopen on February 26th

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UPDATE: The boat ramp at the Panama City Marina is scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 26th. L&R Contracting has successfully repaired the bulkheads in the area of the boat ramp and is wrapping up construction efforts in the area today an...

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City News
Posted on: January 6, 2021

City of Panama City launches newly refreshed website

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The City of Panama City is excited to relaunch its website after undergoing a design process with CivicPlus, a leading government website provider. The refreshed website is available at the same URL as the old site, www.pcgov.org.

The City's contr...

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City News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

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

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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...

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City News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

City reinstates late fees, disconnections for utility bills

Utility Billing Update

Beginning October 1, 2020, the City of Panama City will reinstate normal late fee and service disconnection policies for water, wastewater and garbage services. Late fees and service disconnections for nonpayment have been suspended since March 18, 2020 d...

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City News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

ReHouse Bay Initiative Assists Hurricane Michael Survivors

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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...

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City News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City Manager selects new Fire Chief for Panama City Fire Department

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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, ...

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News Flash

Posted on: June 30, 2021

Notice of Public Hearing, Public Comment Period for Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) has allocated $109 million in funding to the Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program for Hurricane Michael to provide the required 25 percent local match to entities that have b...

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City Spotlight
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Application for Hometown Revitalization Program under review

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UPDATE (June 23, 2021):

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is reviewing the City's application for the Hometown Revitalization Program which includes a request of about $23 million for Community Development Block Grant -...
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City Spotlight
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Panama City Awarded $5 Million for Voluntary Home Buyout Program

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UPDATE:

The City of Panama City is accepting additional interest forms for the Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program (VHBP) to be included in additional applications to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for consideration. Homeown...

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