Panama City Beach City Council Discuss Scooter Insurance and Amusement Rides

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Panama City Beach- The major item Thursday night is requiring the scooter rental businesses to have mandatory liability insurance coverage.

Officials are recommending scooter coverage of $10,000 per person for each crash and $20,000 for all people and $10,000 for property damage.

Some scooter companies are opposed to the requirement.

One has even filed a lawsuit against the county.

"One guy got hit by a scooter and came up to me and was telling me his story, where they didn't have any insurance and he went to the people and that's out of his pocket. We at least ought to have people protected as much as they are if a vehicle hits them. We ought to do something to make it a little simpler and I think we owe to the people who rent to make it safer for them," said Mike Thomas, Bay County Commissioner.

Council members will also discuss a challenge from the owners of miracle strip at pier park, against a city planning board recommendation.

The board granted Simon property's request to put up to 10 amusement park rides at pier park.

Some companies are apparently claiming they can't get scooter insurance and that the city is trying to put them out of business.