Panama City Beach residents speak out against Front Beach Road rezoning plans

A piece of property on Front Beach Road was approved to be rezoned to a Seasonal/Resort Residential zone, against the wishes of some local residents. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Several residents voiced their concerns over rezoning set to happen on Front Beach Road at Tuesday's Bay County commission meeting.

The property is located at 20305 Front Beach Road in the unincorporated Panama City Beach area. It will be rezoned from “R-1” Single-Family to the “SR-1” Seasonal/Resort Residential zone.

This allows for rental beach houses and cottages, bed and breakfasts, and public lodging establishments.

But County Commissioner Robert Carroll says any structures on that property cannot exceed 45 feet in height.

"So the maximum that anybody could ever do on that property is three units. So they were concerned of their neighborhood character changing, they were concerned of any height, but all their properties in that area they all have the same ability to build 45 feet, so any one of those properties currently have the right to build up to four stories if they so chose," said Carroll.

According to the county, the purpose of the designation is to "provide areas for a functional mix of compatible seasonal/resort land uses where the clientele are predominately seasonal or temporary visitors and tourists".

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