Council Member, Police Chief React to Inappropriate Twitter Photos

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH - A Panama City Beach city council member is reacting to some sexually graphic spring break photos, plucked from Twitter, and presented during Thursday's city council meeting.

Council Member Keith Curry says business owners should be held responsible for encouraging the inappropriate behavior.

Panama City Beach City Council Member Keith Curry describes spring break in Panama City Beach as "the wild, wild west" after seeing outrageous photos on Twitter.

During Thursday's beach council meeting, local attorney Wes Pittman gave council members a folder containing the photos. Only Curry and council members Josie Strange actually looked at the pictures.

"You know that really hit home was that this is broad daylight. This is right in the heart of our beach and very disappointing," said Curry.

Exhibitionism, lewd behavior and sex acts are just some of the offensive spring break behaviors. Local law enforcement officials say they can't catch everyone.

"So we try to be where you can be seen, but we can't be everywhere at one time. That's impossible. You could bring in 20,000 officers and you're not going to be everywhere at one time," said Drew Whitman, Panama City Beach Police Chief.

Curry blames business owners for facilitating bad behavior through alcohol promotions.

"This is not the city's problem. This is a business owner's problem. It's an individual problem and i hope that they are truly going to stand behind it and fix it," said Curry.

He's proposing a three strike policy. Businesses would get a warning for the first offense, a hefty fine for the second, and a 48 hour shut down for the third.

He plans to present his plan at the next beach council meeting.

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen says his list of recommendations covers enforcement against lewd, sexual behavior.


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