Arnold High School shelter to close Friday

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County emergency officials say the shelter at Arnold High School will close Friday at 1 p.m.

Emergency officials say the shelter has been open since October 9th, the day before Hurricane Michael made landfall. On October 30th, all shelters in Bay County were consolidated into the shelter at Arnold High, serving 721 people and their pets. As of Tuesday morning, 82 people remain.

“The county and the American Red Cross will continue to make every effort to find accommodations for those still in need,” Bay County Commission Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts said. “I am hopeful that those remaining in the shelter will take advantage of the resources being offered to them to resolve their housing issues.”

Emergency officials say this has been one of the longest-running emergency shelters in Florida's history.

The Disaster Recovery Centers are open to Hurricane Michael residents in need at the Bay County Public Library at 898 W. 11th St., Panama City; John B. Gore Park at 599 Beulah Ave., Callaway; and Southport Ball Fields at 2120 Ball Park Rd., Southport.

The shelter at Arnold will be open until Friday to Bay County residents who can prove their residency, who do not have outstanding warrants, and are not sexual offenders.