Panama City considers bringing over PCB laws

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 9:20 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Last month, Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki proposed a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m. for the months of March and April. But now, that idea is completely off the table. Commissioners said they have something better in mind.

This past spring break pushed city leaders to the edge. And now, they’re pushing back.

“Put some teeth in the issue. so now once something happens, I think that forewarned is forearmed and everybody is going to be ready now to deal with those issues and there are things in place to stop it,” Brudnicki said.

Brudnicki said he thought banning late-night alcohol sales would drown out the problem. But after speaking with businesses, that wasn’t the case.

“It wasn’t too much the two to four, it was more of the pop-up situation and they were just as surprised as we were,” Brudnicki said.

Instead, city leaders are considering bringing over some of the other Panama City Beach laws.

One would be putting a stop to parking lot parties.

“Say alright there’s a problem here, we’re shutting it down,” Brudnicki said. “Now you can’t go drink in the parking lot either. That was one of the problems we were having out there at the beach.”

The ordinance also says no to nuisances.

“If they bring in that criminal element and they support that criminal element in their parking lot or in their business, then they can certainly be declared a nuisance business,” Panama City Police Chief Mark Smith said.

One of the biggest changes is the ordinance would give the city manager power to declare a state of emergency. That also allows the police chief a chance to narrow in on a problematic business.

“Another part of that is it’s just affecting that one,” Smith said. “So this allows the opportunity to tether it or to close it.”

The ordinance goes for a second reading at the next Panama City Commission meeting on May 10. If they choose to adopt it, it’ll go into effect immediately.

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