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Posted on: January 14, 2022

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

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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 ...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

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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...

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City News
Posted on: December 28, 2021

Final Public Notice for FEMA's Public Assistance Program

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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...

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Posted on: December 21, 2021

New program providing security cameras to businesses in community redevelopment areas

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The City of Panama City's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Police Department are teaming up to offer the Fusus Real Time Crime Center program to businesses in the community redevelopment areas.

The CRA will provide a FUSUS Core Box, camera...

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City News
Posted on: December 14, 2021

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

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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...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

USDA grant provides upgrade to Panama City tree canopy

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The City of Panama City recently planted 200 trees, satisfying its requirements for funding provided by the USDA Forest Service through the Florida Forest Service’s Hurricane Michael Urban and Community Forest Recovery Grant Program.

With the loss of more ...

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City News
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Mark Smith selected as new Police Chief for Panama City Police Department

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The City of Panama City is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Smith as the new Police Chief for the Panama City Police Department.

City Manager Mark McQueen and senior staff received more than 100 applications for the position and interviewed six ca...

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City News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Share your feedback on the concept plans for three parks

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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...

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City News
Posted on: October 20, 2021

Help shape the future of Downtown North CRA, Complete the survey today

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The City of Panama City is considering updating and expanding the Downtown North Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) to include areas north and east of its existing boundary to the Panama City Mall property and to Redwood Avenue.

The project website for the...

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City News
Posted on: October 11, 2021

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

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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...

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City News
Posted on: October 12, 2021

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

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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...

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City News
Posted on: October 12, 2021

City Hall to host Panama City Symphony Orchestra monthly for lunchtime concert

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Panama City Quality of Life is partnering with the Panama City Symphony Orchestra to bring you a Symphony in the City at City Hall on the first Wednesday of every month beginning in November and running through April. All shows start at 12:12 p.m. Perform...

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City News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

City awards bid for 23rd Street Plaza Reconstruction Project

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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...

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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: 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 the 2021 F...

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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: 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 in the his...

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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.

“As we lev...

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

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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 temporary time l...

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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 from local a...

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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: 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: 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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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Quality of Life hosts open field day at Oakland Terrace

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Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25, the City of Panama City Quality of Life Department will host a community open field day at Oakland Terrace for those wishing to use the ball fields completely free of charge. 

Every Tuesday from 5-9 pm., Panama City res...

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