Panama City Beach Council Switches Rather Than Continuing to Fight the Flag System

Panama City Beach officials have finally caved in to pressure and are converting over to the five-flag surf warning system.

Beach City Council members voted unanimously Thursday to change from the city's current three-flag system.

With neighboring Walton County already using the state recommended five flags and St. Andrews State Park converting to the state system in August, beach city officials felt the change was necessary.

The council also feels this move to the five-flag surf warning system could reduce the city's legal liability.

Beach police say it will take some time to order the new flags, convert the flag poles and change beachfront signs that inform beachgoers of what the different color flags actually mean.

They say they hope to have the new system in place before next spring.