Bay County Commissioners approve public works projects for Panama City Beach
On Wednesday, Bay County Commissioners swiftly voted and passed several public works projects in Panama City Beach.
Through the Flood Mitigation Grant with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the county purchased two Vecuna Circle properties.
Both properties have a long history of repetitive flooding. Their purchases will allow the land to be repurposed into stormwater ponds.
According to the Bay County Board of County Commissioners Agenda Item Summary, "These two properties are within the Allison Ave/Laird Street drainage basin and have a long history of recurring flooding. The purchases will allow the repurposing of the properties as a stormwater facility for additional water attenuation and water quality improvements within the basin."
"Those homes flood, they've flooded a lot of times over the last handful of years. And, so FEMA has a program through the state department of emergency management where we can purchase those properties and turn them into stormwater ponds to help the other neighbors alleviate some of their flooding issues that we have with these heavy rains," said Bay County Commissioner Philip "Griff" Griffitts.
Also in Panama City Beach, commissioners approved the agreement for the design of a sidewalk on Front Beach Road from Kelly Street to SR 30A.
"It'll help alleviate some traffic issues with pedestrians out on the west end of the beach. We have a lot of walking traffic, so this is the first step in getting that problem fixed," said Commissioner Griffitts.
The estimated cost of the project is $100,000.