Panama City

Valerie Crowder

At least 90% of structures in Panama City were damaged in Hurricane Michael. One year later, city officials are about to resume code enforcement actions, and residential property owners say they’re ready for the city to begin cracking down on neglected lots that pose a health and safety hazard to their neighborhoods.

Valerie Crowder

Hundreds of people, including families, children and young adults, celebrated equality on Saturday at the largest LGBTQ pride event ever held in downtown Panama City. 

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Residents in Panama City are getting the chance to help shape how their hurricane-damaged town will look in the future. 



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Gulf Coast State College

Gulf Coast State College is pressing forward despite suffering more than $50 million in damage from Hurricane Michael.

Downed trees and power lines stretch for miles in the panhandle. This photo was taken in Panama City on 10/12/2018.
Charley and Briney King

After several delays, congress has signed off on a long-awaited supplemental disaster spending bill. It provides funding for housing in areas hit by Hurricane Michael. Panama City manager Mark McQueen says housing recovery is the community’s number one priority.

President Donald Trump’s is planning a campaign visit to Panama City. The Panama City News Herald reports emails show the city recently signed off on the event.  It will be the President’s first time in the area following a tour of the damage after Hurricane Michael. 

Hurricane Michael caused lots of destruction to Florida's gulf coast. Till this day trees are left uprooted and snapped in half, buildings totaled or covered in tarp, and some houses flattened.

Business owner David Smith who owns Smith Motorworks whose building survived in Panama City told his story.

A mother with her baby in a nursery
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This week is National Breastfeeding Week, and Bay County health officials will be holding an event this weekend to promote breastfeeding and help mothers.

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An armed man opened fire on police in Panama City Tuesday afternoon, after barricading himself inside an apartment. Law enforcement reported one injury at the scene.

Oil Rig
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Money from the BP oil spill settlement is headed to the Panhandle. The dollars will fund water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs and an expansion of the Port of Panama City.

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Two local businesses received an award Wednesday for employing people with disabilities.

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Tuesday marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, and a number of Panhandle county health departments are marking the week with several events.

Florida Channel

The Florida Legislature may have sent an $82.4 billion dollar budget to Governor Rick Scott Monday, but Scott is still indicating he may veto it.

Bay County Health Department

Bay County has confirmed its first positive rabies case for 2017 in a kitten. Health officials say it’s the second cat to test positive for rabies in Bay County in recent months.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson toured a shipyard in Panama City Tuesday with the head of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft. The visit is meant to drum up excitement for a new $10 billion contract.

Former President Bill Clinton's twitter

Former President Bill Clinton is cancelling his North Florida bus tour campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Bay County Health Department

Florida’s Surgeon General visited Bay County as part of a health tour of the state’s coastal areas.

Florida Department of Health

The head of Florida’s health department is making his way through the Florida Panhandle as part of a tour of the state's coastal areas. Bay County residents are invited to take part in the latest stop in the “Health in All Places Tour,” highlighting the county’s health services.

Panama City finished construction on a new stormwater management facility Friday as part of a restoration project put forth by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project comes as the result of the Deepwater Horizon settlement.

A settlement may have been reached for the two Indiana teens who suffered serious injuries in a Florida Panhandle parasailing incident, but the attorney for one of the girls says the case is still not over for the victims.

A bill regulating the parasailing industry is among 32 new laws set to take effect Wednesday. And, the head of Florida’s water sports association says the state’s parasailing industry is ready.

The "White-Miskell" Act

In January, Sen Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) said she’d never go up in a parasail with an industry that doesn’t have any uniform standards.

A new local chapter of a nationwide support group for people who stutter is set to launch soon in Panama City.

Heidi Reynolds is currently a student pursuing her speech-language pathology degree online at Utah State University.

“And, I want to go for my doctorate and maybe find the cause of stuttering and how to help those who stutter find their confidence,” said Reynolds.

Bay County 12-Year-Old Arrested For Stealing School Bus

Jun 24, 2014
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City of Watsonville

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday a 12 year-old was arrested in Bay County.  The boy who authorities say stole a school bus is now facing charges. 

Just before daybreak the Sheriff's Office was notified that a juvenile had been seen driving a school bus near the Wal-Mart on Front Beach Road in Panama City.   

A deputy performed a traffic stop to find that indeed, a 12-year-old boy was driving the bus.  It was later discovered the school bus had been taken overnight in the city of Parker.

Want to learn about starting up your own Marijuana business? Well, there’s a seminar coming to a city near you over the next couple months.  It’s offered by the Cannabis Career Institute, which according to its website, is America’s first and premier marijuana business training center.

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With Gov. Rick Scott’s signature on a law, patrons are now allowed to carry open beer and wine containers out of restaurants during Panama City street festivals.

Panama City City Manager Jeffrey Brown says it used to be that street vendors could sell alcoholic beverages—but nearby restaurants were still restricted by traditional open-container laws.