Panama City Beach City Council looking to do away with height incentives

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach City Council members are trying to put a stop to building up.

At Thursday's regular city council meeting, they approved the first reading to do away with all height incentives in Panama City Beach.

In the old ordinance developers could build higher than the city limit of 150 feet if they provided an incentive like a public beach access point or public restrooms but city officials are trying to do away with the incentives all together.

Mel Leonard, the Director of Building and Planning for Panama City Beach said, "It's caused some issues with some of the developers not knowing if they'll get approval or not so they don't have clarity on what they're maximum height might be. When you approve additional height on a building it usually ends up resulting in additional units being put in the building, which is more traffic and more people on the beach."

Officials say if the ordinance is passed, 150 feet will be the maximum height for any new buildings regardless of incentives.