Panama City code enforcement boost

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Beginning October 10, Panama City will start its code enforcement related to Hurricane Michael damage.

Bay County Code Enforcement is warning property owners to get rid of their hazardous Hurricane-related debris before they begin cracking down. (WJHG/WECP)

Currently, the city has one magistrate, with six hearings a year. In order to help speed up the recovery process, the city will be adding more code enforcement magistrates. This will allow the city to have more code enforcement hearings.

"I anticipate that we are going to be having many more code enforcement hearings and as a result, we need to expand our depth of having more magistrates available to hear the cases and make appropriate decisions on what to do with those deficiencies," City Manager Mark McQueen said.

City officials say they will continue to work with citizens who are making an effort to clean up their property.

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