PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Disobeying red flags on the beach has already proven deadly for some beach-goers this year. Now, one local woman who lost her husband during a water rescue is pushing city leaders to hold people accountable.
Woman urging Panama City Beach Council members to create penalties for people disobeying beach flag system. (WJHG/WECP)
Washington County resident Alisha Redmon's husband, Stacey, drowned after he saved a family that was visiting our area. Double red flags were flying at the time.
Now she wants to make sure no one else feels her family's pain.
Redmon spoke during Thursday Panama City Beach city council meeting asking officials to add a new law to fine and arrest people over the age of 16 who are caught disobeying the beach flag system, which may come to be known as 'Stacey's Law.'
Redmon said 'Stacey's Law' would also require local hotels to inform visitors about the beach flag system and require life saving devices near the beach.
"I have to raise my children by myself now because of people not following the rules. There needs to be consequences and people need to be held up to that," said Redmon.
Councilman Hector Solis said the council is already trying to find ways to write an ordinance to enforce the beach flag system. Solis said they want to work with Redmon and others concerned about this issue.
"All I'm trying to do is give our police a tool to put in the toolbox to be able to enforce," said Solis. "People will see that you may get a hefty fine of $250-$500 for doing this. You could go to jail if you're endangering your child by not following the regulation of the state."
Both Councilman Solis and Redmon want the law to be a state law to protect everyone in Florida.
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