Sinkhole Appears in Panama City Beach Neighborhood

PANAMA CITY BEACH - A sinkhole is inconveniencing some residents in a Panama City Beach neighborhood Saturday.

Bay County Sheriff's deputies received a call shortly before 2 P.M. from a neighbor about a sinkhole. Officials say the sinkhole off Boca Lagoon Drive is at least 15 feet wide and 4 feet deep.

Deputies closed portions of the road for safety reasons and are making cars drive on the grass to avoid the sinkhole. The Bay County Roads and Bridges Department and the Panama City Beach Water Department are trying to figure out who's jurisdiction the road is in before they fix it.

Officials haven't determined how the sinkhole appeared, but believe this week's severe weather could have caused it. They expect the sinkhole to be repaired by Saturday night.

Neighbors in the area say the road was recently repaved.