PANAMA CITY-- Tuesday morning Bay County Commissioners approved a request to identify the Sand Hills area as an official community.
Twelve-year-old Ben Baker spoke up on behalf of his community during the public hearing portion of the meeting. He told commissioners why the area should be recognized as a community.
Baker lives in the Sand Hills area and says, why shouldn't this community be recognized just like Lynn Haven and Southport?
Commissioner Guy Tunnell, who lives in the area, said it has a tremendous amount of history and said this should have been done sooner.
"The object is to put signage on Highway 77 and Highway 20 to officially recognize this community and to do that because they are state highways we have to get the Florida Department of Transportation to approve it," Tunnell said.
Tunnell said the next step is petitioning the state for approval. The Sand Hills area includes Lake Merial, the Bozeman High School District and many of the developments up Highway 77.