Panama City Beach- The signs are up and the warnings are out alerting visitors and residents alike in Bay County of the new "Leave No Trace" ordinance.
The law bans any personal property to be left out overnight along the 18 mile stretch of beaches. Local leaders came up with the idea in an effort to clean up the county's image, but is it working? NewsChannel 7 found chairs and tent skeletons still sitting in the sand Monday. Officials did take some action tagging close to 90 beach tents and other items Sunday night with courtesy warnings.
"We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to get that word out and to make sure we're not taking anybody's stuff that they're aware of it," said Bay County Tourism Development Director Dan Rowe.
Rowe said there are no plans to stop that procedure.
"If that makes the most sense then we can do that," said Rowe.
With the TDC not wanting to actually remove personal property from the beach, some may be skeptical whether the ordninance's intention will be successful. Rowe said the way beach officials are going about enforcing the law will work even it takes more time.
"As people are aware of the ordinance that's in effect, they'll comply," said Rowe.
The TDC will foot the bill on "Leave No Trace's" enforcement. Rowe said that'll run them around $100 thousand per year.