Big Legal Win for Condo Opponents

Residents of the Cove area of Panama City have been battling to keep a high rise condominium project out of their neighborhood are now celebrating.

A state administrative law judge has ruled the city of Panama City should not have rezoned the property on East Beach Drive where the condos were to have been built.

A developer had planned to build a nine-story condominium on the 3.2 acre site that was once the home of Tibbetts Board Yard.

The Panama City Commission made the development possible when it changed the zoning on the property, which is adjacent to the Tarpon Dock Bridge.

Friday, Judge Donald Alexander ruled the rezoning should not have been done. He said the high rise is incompatible with the neighborhood and is inconsistent with the city's comprehensive plan.

Mayor Lauren DeGeorge agrees with the judge's ruling. She has been fighting high rises and says the rezoning should have never been allowed.

Friday's ruling, which is subject to appeal, means if the project is built it will be limited to six floors.