Panama City Police Review Panhandling and Nuisance Ordinances

By: Chad Mira Email
By: Chad Mira Email

Panama City - Panama City Police say they want to review the impact of two new laws before they begin enforcing them, They are devising guidelines for the new panhandling and nuisance ordinances.

Critics say these two laws target the city's homeless community. But police say this review has nothing to do with the sensitive nature of the new laws.

"Anytime there's a law change, we go through this a couple times a year with state laws and command staff will look at those and then we'll implement change," Lt. Robert Luther said.

Once the review is finished, officers will be trained on enforcement of the new laws. Then, they will inform the public once they begin enforcing them.

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  • by Rick Location: Youngstown on May 22, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    At least you can tell a panhandler no thanks. The govt puts its hands right in your pocket with the threat of arrest or seizure of your property.
  • by Karen Location: Pamama City on May 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    Barbara. Public Bus Stops? Where? And I attend many downtown functions both day and night and have never been panhandled. The Mission does great work. A homeless person vs. A Vagrant is apple to oranges.
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      by movethemission on May 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to Karen
      Karen, then you do not attend enough functions downtown. Those of us who live, wrok and shop downtown are quite aware of the problem and support this new ordinance. Get the facts at
  • by JP Location: PC on May 18, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    I would appreciate the enforcement of no loud "boom-boom" speakers; sometimes the noise is so loud it obscures sirens or any conversation in your own vehicle!
  • by RP Location: FL on May 18, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    Let's see. We have the 99% being turned against the top 1% by our food stamp president. We seem to be turning against the homeless and vagrants too. Are they part of the 1% or just unfortunate souls who get in our way?
  • by Barbara Location: PCB on May 18, 2012 at 05:07 AM
    I hope the new law will be effective against vagrants at public bus stops. It is very scarry to have wait there when that is where they sleep and hang-out.
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