New ordinance could improve public parking in Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - During Thursday's Panama City Beach City Council Meeting, city leaders approved an ordinance to improve parking on the beach.

City Manager Mario Gisbert said the code only required developers to build two parking spaces for each property regardless of how many people were living in the residence, which caused a problem.

Gisbert said the new ordinance will require a set number of spaces depending on the size of the unit. He said they want people to avoid parking on the street.

"Once there was a public nuisance, the city started to look at this thing and decided if you have a five-bedroom house, it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense to only have two parking spaces," said Gisbert.

During the meeting, city leaders also talked about issues with gas prices and proposed to send a letter to state leaders with their concerns.