"Last pass" deadlines approaching for storm debris removal


According to Bay County officials, the "last pass” for Hurricane Michael debris collection will begin March 11th for residents of unincorporated Bay County and the cities of Callaway and Springfield.

Property owners in other municipalities of the county should contact their respective cities for information about the final date for debris collection inside those city boundaries.

Officials tell us debris haulers will begin their final pass for debris collection on March 11th, and the effort to collect all of the remaining debris is expected to take until mid-April; however, to ensure that debris from a residential property is collected, it should be sorted per FEMA guidelines (see picture) and placed on the right of way by March 10th.

Starting March 11th, haulers and Bay County will provide publicly available mapping with a daily updated list of completed streets.

“We have been working diligently over the last several months to remove huge amounts of debris from the roadways," Bay County Commission Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts said, "and we thank the community for their hard work in getting it there; however, the debris haulers can’t go on indefinitely, and we must set a date for completion and reimbursement. We want to give the public ample warning before ‘last pass,’ and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”

All Bay County residents may deliver residential hurricane debris to the Bay County Landfill at no charge with local identification. The landfill is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The City of Lynn Haven City Manager announced that residents will have until February 17th to place all debris from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on the curbside.

They say after this deadline, the City will not allow any debris to placed out for pickup.

Officials say Lynn Haven has already hauled away1.1 million cubic yards of debris and spent nearly $30 million in debris cost.