Panama City Beach Police are warning tourists to be aware of county ordinances when visiting for Spring Break.
Officials in Panama City Beach are gearing up as thousands of vacationers flock to what they call “the world’s most beautiful beaches.”
They’re reminding Spring Breakers that police take their job seriously and have zero tolerance for criminal behavior.
A number of ordinances have been put in place to curb underage drinking and excessive partying:
- The consumption of alcohol is not allowed on beaches and officials warn this will be enforced by arrest.
- People under the age of 21 are not permitted in bars after midnight, except active duty military personnel with ID.
- Law enforcement reserves the right to break up a nuisance party. A nuisance party is defined as a party, usually at a residence, where minors and underage drinkers find easy access to alcohol and causes noise, litter, traffic congestion, a neighborhood disturbance, and creates an unsafe environment that leads to property damage, violence, and criminal behavior.
- It’s illegal to operate a rental scooter at night .
- Digging holes deeper than two feet on the beach is prohibited.
Bay County Sherriff Tommy Ford cautions "use common sense and leave Spring Break with a great suntan, not a criminal record."