Panama City Beach to Vote on Increasing Full-Time Lifeguards, Eliminating Seasonal Positions

by Janet Pattison

PAMAMA CITY BEACH, FL - The City Council of Panama City Beach, Florida, will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will feature discussions on multiple key resolutions and an action item addressing beach safety.

Resolution No. 24-151: The council will consider approving a task order with JRA Architects, Inc. for architectural design services related to the Police K9 Training Facility. The proposed amount for this project is $139,568.00, utilizing ARPA funds.

Resolution No. 24-152: Another resolution on the agenda involves approving a subordination agreement with the State of Florida Department of Transportation. This agreement pertains to drainage purposes along S.R. 30A (US 98/Panama City Beach Parkway) from east of R. Jackson Boulevard to the Hathaway Bridge.

Resolution No. 24-153: The council will review and potentially approve a task order with Infrastructure Solution Services, LLC for engineering services. This task order is related to the replacement of filter units at the city’s wastewater treatment facility, with an amount of $76,000.00 allocated for the project.

Resolution No. 24-154: An agreement with Polydyne, Inc. for the purchase of wastewater treatment residuals dewatering polymer will also be considered during the meeting.

Action Item: The council will vote on authorizing the hiring of six additional full-time lifeguards for the Beach Safety Division. This action item also includes the elimination of seasonal lifeguards in future budgets.

In addition to these resolutions and action items, the council will address ordinances related to special events and animal control:

CD Ordinance No. 1647: Amending Chapter 4, Article II of the city’s code related to special events will undergo its second reading and a public hearing.

CD Ordinance No. 1649: Amending Chapter 5, Article II regarding animal control will be introduced for its first reading and a public hearing.

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