Mayor of Panama City Beach visits Bonifay

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 03:33 PM.

She said that Back Beach Road has been enabled with fiber optics at all the lights to help alleviate congestion.

“There’s a room with a wall of televisions featuring every light on Back Beach Road,” she said. “They’re constantly being monitored and those lights can be tripped if they need to alleviate congestion. We’re also six-laning more of Back Beach Road, which increased traffic capacity by 25 percent.”

Oberst also said that Panama City Beach is growing fast.

“We’ve almost doubled our population since the last census,” she said. “For the first time Bay County and Panama City Beach got together to make our ordinances the same and developed a mutual aide agreement, which allows arrests to expand into each of our areas and increases our security.”

She said that Bed Tax is now at five cents to the dollar and managed by the Tourist Development Council, a Bay County Agency, to renourish the beach and market to outside areas that they are a “fun, family beach.”

“The TDC did a great job with the Oil Spill,” said Oberst. “We talked about no oil on the beach and that people could keep coming out to a safe clean beach when the scare was at it’s highest.”

She said that things are looking very well for Panama City Beach.

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