Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – Panama City Beach City Council members on Thursday approved some major plans for next year’s budget.
The general fund budget will be $ 41.60 million, slightly less than the 2021 budget.
Council members say 57% of total spending will go to public security.
This includes adding a new police station and fire stations in the near future.
Panama City Beach Fire Chief Ray Morgan said they were eager to rebuild two fire stations.
The first is station 31 located next to city hall and then they will be working at station 32 on Hutchinson Boulevard.
They are both older buildings and the reconstruction will be safer for the firefighters.
“In bad weather and hurricanes our guys aren’t sure to stay there,” Morgan said. “We need to move to our other station and / or off the island completely, which we know compromises the safety of our citizens.”
This project is currently in the design phase. Once this design is approved, they will begin the demonstration and the firefighters will move to temporary accommodation.
They will also add two new full-time lifeguards to the staff, bringing their full-time team to seven members.
The Panama City Beach Police Department will add three new officers, an intelligence analyst and a new substation.
Chief JR Talamantez said this was very important for the operations of the department.
“It will be a big advantage,” Talamantez said. “At this time, we don’t have a footprint for our officers to take a break for lunch and use the washroom at the east end of Panama City Beach. This is going to be vital for the future of police operations. “
Talamantez said they were working on securing an exact location for the substation. From now on, the plan is to have it near Churchwell Drive.
The Panama City Beach Police Department currently has 74 officers.
The council also approved the much-discussed increases in water and sewer tariffs.
Next year, residents’ water rates will increase by 1% and sewer rates will increase by 4%.
$ 24 million from the city’s budget will go towards building the Front Beach Road community redevelopment areas, which runs from State Route 79 to North Richard Jackson Boulevard.
$ 4.3 million will be used to improve lighting on Front Beach Road and South Thomas Drive as well as for the CRA Crosswalk Project.
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