Marriott To PCB

The world’s biggest hotel chain is a step closer to its arrival in Panama City Beach. A ceremony was held yesterday at what will be the home of Marriott’s Springhill Suites. This will be Marriott’s first location in the city, and an exec with the hotel’s management company says this has always been the premier destination on the Emerald Coast. He also tells News 13 he’s planning to open April First.

Wilson Guilty As Charged

A former prosecutor is looking at time behind bars. Former chief assistant state attorney Greg Wilson was convicted yesterday in Panama City for helping inmates pass notes to each other. The 46-year-old was the lawyer for both inmates, and he was caught on camera passing the notes last year at the Bay County Jail. He’ll be sentenced in November and could get six years in prison.

Bay County gets pedestrian friendly

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two Bay County projects set to make the county more pedestrian friendly are underway. County commissioners have approved funding for a new sidewalk along Front Beach Road and an extention of a multi-use path on Magnolia Beach Road. The Front Beach Road project is set to be complete in about a year. The multi-use path is expected to take about a year and a half.

Bringing back love of books in Bay District Schools

PANAMA CITY – Bringing back a love of books is the goal of a new literacy initiative in Bay District schools. Thanks to a $262,500 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation at Lucille Moore Elementary School yesterday afternoon, the program aims to put more books in students hands, hoping to create a love of reading. The donation will go toward supporting the literary initiative in Bay District Schools, the NewsHerald reports.

Panama City Beach home owners tasked with property upkeep

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Panama City Beach home owners will now have to keep up the exterior of their properties. The PCB City Council adopted a building maintenance ordinance that mandates exterior walls should be painted and roof repairs and replacements should be finished. Officials said the ordinance is aimed at keeping up the beautification of the beach.

Head on collison claims life of Bay County man

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A Bay County man was killed and a child seriously injured in a head on collision on Highway 388 Saturday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, David Hale, 58, of Panama City Beach, died when his vehicle was headed west on 388 in Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and was struck by another driver headed east. A nine-year-old child who was reportedly in the vehicle with Hale and the driver of the other vehicle both were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Bay District School Board approve budget increase for school security

PANAMA CITY- The Bay District School Board approved an increase in the final budget and millage rate for the year. Despite the increase, local homeowners will not experience increased tax rates. The majority of the increase in budget is due to school safety measures in alignment with The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act initiated in March.

The city of Lynn Haven approved a few changes

PANAMA CITY Fla. – The city of Lynn Haven approved a few changes during their meeting Wednesday (Sept. 12). First a new millage rate has been adopted, but it is not an increase, officials said. Also, the Bay County Council on Aging decided not to renew their contract, prompting the city of Lynn Haven to now take over at the senior citizen center. And a new alcohol policy could be implemented in Lynn Haven to allow businesses to serve alcohol as a restaurant, and not a bar, which the city will decide at the next commission meeting at the end of September.

Those in the path of Hurricane Florence are getting some help from Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Those in the path of Hurricane Florence are getting some help from Panama City. Gulf Coast State College is collecting donations to provide emergency relief necessary to aid in the cleanup and recovery process in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, forecast to bring strong winds and life threatening flooding, as it hurls toward the Carolinas. Donations can be dropped off at any GCSC campus, including the main campus in PC.


PANAMA CITY, Fla. – As Hurricane Florence targets the Carolinas, local first responders are being deployed to help. Twenty-five ambulances and five command vehicles from around Florida will help with evacuation measures and relocate 600 patients inland from coastal hospitals, mental health facilities, and other at-risk areas. They plan to be there for at least one week, officials said. Nineteen people and three emergency response vehicles from the American Red Cross in the North Florida region have already been deployed with more on standby.

Salute to 9-11 victims

A remembrance ceremony was held Tuesday at Tyndall Air Force Base in recognnition of the 9-11 Twin Tower attacks. The 17th anniversary was marked with speakers, a ceremonial bell ringing, bagpipe performance and a table displaying first responder equipment in honor of the men and women who lost their lives.