Panama City Beach City Council Passes...

Panama City Beach City Council Passes Tent Ordinance

There are 5 comments on the WJHG-TV Panama City story from Jun 14, 2012, titled Panama City Beach City Council Passes Tent Ordinance. In it, WJHG-TV Panama City reports that:

Panama City Beach- The next time you leave your beach tent overnight on Panama City Beach, don't expect it to be there in the morning.

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beachcomber

Saint Charles, MO

#1 Jun 18, 2012
That is the craziest ordinance I have ever heard of. I pay taxes so I should be able to leave my tent there and not have to take it down and haul it up every day. I watch the beach cleaners and the tents are NOT in their way.
PCB Homeowner

Lithonia, GA

#2 Jun 19, 2012
beachcomber wrote:
That is the craziest ordinance I have ever heard of. I pay taxes so I should be able to leave my tent there and not have to take it down and haul it up every day. I watch the beach cleaners and the tents are NOT in their way.
Tents might not be in the beach cleaners way, but just because you paid your condo rental for the week, it does not give you the right to "stake a claim" for a particular spot on the beach for your entire stay. There was a huge tent skeleton set up last week in a prime location with a dozen chairs & kid toys piled inside. I was on the beach for 3 days straight and saw no one using it. That is ridiculous. Yay Commissioners!
condo owner

Panama City, FL

#3 Jun 20, 2012
Finally, tourists forget that people live here too. I can't even find a spot in the sand to put a single chair because of all the tents and junk. The homeowners have rights too! Between the rental chairs and umbrellas and all the wave runners and rental stuff, add the campers and there is no room left. Good job - take action as quickly as possible. I will volunteer to help.
pc visitor

Conway, AR

#4 Jun 20, 2012
The pc beach council folks need to realize pc beach is not the only beach around. If not made to feel welcome, visitors will simply move on to other areas and take their tents and money with them.
The last few years the beach chair rental folks have been arrogant and difficult to deal with as they think they should have priority on beach front views. Does the ordinance apply to rental beach chairs. It should. Ive been going to PC beach since I was a kid (in my fifties now) but that now may be about to change.

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Since: Jul 12

Panama City, Florida

#5 Jul 16, 2012
Its not that the city wants to throw away your stuff, its that vagrants and bums will begin to take shelter and use the tents as homes. The city has spent a lot of money trying to keep the city beautiful, and the last thing they want is a tent city forming on the beach every night, full of vagrants. The city already has a program where they will pay for a one way bus ticket for any vagrant, with the stipulation that they wont return to the area. Its a good program, and helps keep our homeless population down. Besides, I would much rather wake up and see a clean, white beach, than everyone's stuff they left out all night.

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