Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – Some Panama City Beach business owners are still in the throes of a new ordinance designed to prevent parking parties.
They say the settlement beach council members approved Thursday night places an unfair burden on them to disperse large crowds on them or face heavy fines.
Business owners like Jim Bradley in Panama City Beach say that recently the parking lot parties have died down, but other times they can get out of hand.
“It made the ability to do business very difficult,” Bradley said.
Bradley is the owner of Shipwreck Limited. He said the pop-up parties in his lot on Front Beach Road can draw up to 100 people. He said he had to close his store earlier in order to protect his employees, which is hurting business.
“We can’t be the police when you have that many,” Bradley said. “It’s not like five cars you know when you have 20, 30, 40 cars and you have 100 people, who is going to be the person to go there.”
Bradley and other business owners say hiring personal security services is just too expensive.
And if they don’t, the new rules increase fines from $ 100 to $ 500 for the first offense.
Beach Police Chief JR Talamantez said the rules were not intended to create a division but rather a partnership.
“What these ordinances do is say we want to be a partner with you, we want you to have a thriving business, but we want you to be held accountable and not put public safety first,” said Talamantez.
Chief Talamantez said his officers will always respond when called in, but have many situations to deal with.
He said they want to have open communication with these companies and try to work together as best they can.
“We are helping to solve the problem, the parking lot is clean and unobstructed,” said Talamantez. “They have to take control because we have to move on to the next problem.”
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