Spring Break laws to know in 2018Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 08 2018 1:27 PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After years of battling a negative "Spring Break" reputation, Panama City Beach city officials are still working toward becoming a family-friendly vacation destination.
"People didn't want to come to a place with that reputation, so we have thrown that away," Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said.
City officials want to remind locals and visitors of the rules that remain during the spring season.
"You can't drink on the sandy beach, liquor sales will end at two o'clock [a.m.]... and some different things that we're doing as far as house parties and things like that. I think there were 16 rules that went into effect during that time and they seem to be working," Thomas said.
Among those are overnight scooter rental restrictions and parking limits.
Mayor Thomas says enforcing these laws will impact some businesses, however, he says it's for the better of the community.
"There have been some businesses that have lost some money that cater solely to that type business. Well, safety is always a priority with us. We'll probably have our police force doubled," Thomas said.