Special events coming back to Panama City Beach
The sounds of music, fireworks, and engines roaring are just a few bringing the summer season to life in Panama City Beach.
"We're excited, hesitantly excited I should say, to bring events back to Panama City Beach," said Panama City Beach Council Member Michael Jarmon.
Special events will happen, but they most likely won't look like years prior.
"All of these events are going to have to put safety guidelines in place, they're gonna have to have hand-washing stations, they're gonna have to wear masks, they're gonna have to have the social distancing requirements and we'll be out there, we'll keep an eye on them," said Panama City Beach Council Member Geoff McConnell.
Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman also says they'll enforce the guidelines to make sure people are staying safe.
"Our officers are doing a great job. They go down there and talk to people and explain hey stay six feet apart unless you're family or in a group, stay less than 10 people, people are abiding by it," said Whitman.
Whitman also says if the current guideline are still in place during these events, the number of people allowed in will be limited.
"Right now like at Aaron Bessant Park, if we had an event over there, we're probably looking at like 150 people in that big field," said Whitman.
Event organizers will be responsible for making sure they don't allow in too many people, but officers will come out if needed.
As of now, the only events planned are Jeep Jam from June 18th to 20th, the Summer Concert Series June through August, and Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam over Labor Day Weekend.
"It's critical to have these events back up and running. It puts money back into the pockets of the people that work here," said McConnell.
There will still be fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, but there won't be a concert like years priors.