Officials Address Large Spring Break Meeting Crowds

By: Morgan Kyrklund Email
By: Morgan Kyrklund Email

PANAMA CITY BEACH - Beach council members are scheduled to consider a number of recommendations designed to better regulate spring break behavior.

City Hall has been packed for the last few meetings on the topic, to the point some people say they can't participate. Beach officials have declined some help with that issue, but say they are making some changes to accommodate more people.

Woodstock Church pastor Rick Young said the room is too small for the larger crowds that show up for important issues, like regulating spring break.

"I couldn't hear, I couldn't see anything. It was tough being part of the meeting," Pastor Young said.

So the pastor offered his church to host Thursday night's "spring break" meeting.

Panama City Beach City Hall seats about 100 people. Meantime, Woodstock church less than two miles away, can hold around 800 people.

"They responded back to us, the mayor did, very kind and thanked us for that but just said that they would hold their city council meeting at the city hall," he said.

"When you have an event two times a month in one location everybody becomes accustomed to coming to that location. We also have the capability here to record for the event, which we have to do for our website. we also have the ability to do a live broadcast," said Mario Gisbert, Panama City Beach City Manager.

However, beach officials are making provisions to accommodate a larger crowd Thursday.

"We went out an purchased a 46 inch TV and placed it in our hallway. We are going to have a sign up sheet, where if you have a question and were not able to make it into the room that sign up sheet will still make it up to the podium, where the question can still be asked," Gisbert said.

He said these changes should accommodate another 40 people.

Two other businesses had offered the City their facilities for Thursday night's meeting, but beach officials declined.


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