Proposed Bay County Ordinance May Reduce "Pop-Up Clubs"

Commissioners are also considering a plan to reduce the number of locations new beer and wine bars can legally operate.

The commission heard a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would require a distance of at least 1,000 feet between beer and wine bars and residential areas.

Commissioners say they want to prevent so called "pop-up clubs" that open in the unincorporated areas, mostly along Thomas Drive, just for the spring break season.

Panama City Beach already has a similar ordinance in-effect and county officials want to extend the same rules to the unincorporated areas of the county.

"I think it's made a difference in the way, not the perception of spring break, because that's going to take an awful long time but the actual problems of spring break," said District 5 Commissioner Mike Thomas.

Commissioners will hear a second reading of the proposed ordinance at their next meeting, allowing residents and business owners to comment.