PANAMA CITY BEACH - Beach council members talked about a new police department at Thursday's city council meeting.
The new station will cost about $4.2 million. it will be built on Back Beach Road, next to the city's primary fire station, a block or 2 away from the current station, which is old.
Part of the building was built in 1955, the rest in 1970. The city remodeled in the late 1980's and again in 2000.
"We've just outgrown the building. We are not complaining about it, we still function. We are still going to give the public the service they deserve and that they need, but it's time that we go to something that's a little bit better, state of the art for the officers and the citizens that might use it," said Drew Whitman, Panama City Beach Police Chief.
Keith Curry, Panama City Beach city council member, said, "I never knew until I became an elected official and walked into that building at the deportable condition that it is in. We have the best police force in Bay County we have the best police force in the state and we've got them housed in a place that is just atrocious."
City officials plan to break ground on the project in August or September.
It should take about a year to complete.