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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Commission expands Flexible Street Sidewalk Café Program

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On May 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 announcing his steps to reopen the economy of the State, stating that restaurants are limited to serving at a 25% building capacity level and must maintain appropriate social distancing.

The City Commission of the City of Panama City has temporarily extended Chapter 104 of the Land Development Regulations (“LDR”) to allow all restaurants in the City to apply for a temporary permit for a flexible street sidewalk café. The LDR is typically available only to restaurants within the Downtown CRA. By approving this Resolution, all restaurants in the City are allowed to participate in this program for a short period of time. This program allows restaurants to extend their seating capacity into the public sidewalks and/or public parking spaces, subject to meeting all requirements of the program, such as insurance requirements.

Any restaurant approved for a temporary flexible street sidewalk café permit will be allowed to use such permit for ninety (90) days. This temporary permit is not renewable and shall expire at the end of the ninety (90) days.

Restaurants must fill out a Temporary Sidewalk Cafe Permit and a Release, Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement and submit them to the City’s Planning Department at you have any questions, please call (850) 872-3025.

The forms may be accessed in this link:

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