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welcome

Welcome to our beautiful community.

Since Bay County and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce were founded in 1913, the community has a long history of embracing newcomers. Although the community is over 100 years old, it is fresh, vibrant and proud. Efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and the recruitment and retention of new business/industry remain priorities for leadership. Our community continues to grow, and whether you are looking to relocate a business, your family, or both, we think Bay County can meet your needs. Located in Northwest Florida, Bay County is centered between Pensacola and Tallahassee, one hundred miles from either destination. Our community is home to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which is set to celebrate its 5th anniversary this year at the new location. The airport has now connected us to the world with service by Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines Express and Silver Airways. The airport also allows for multiple development opportunities for your business with hundreds of acres available. Bay County is comprised of seven municipalities with their own mayor/commissioner form of government – Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Springfield, Mexico Beach, Callaway and Parker. The Bay County Commission governs the unincorporated areas of the community. You can find more details on each of these areas inside this guide.

Our economic anchors are tourism, military and a diverse group of local industries ranging from call centers of nationally known companies to major manufacturers. We are home to Tyndall Air Force Base and the Naval Support Activity, which employ over 9,641 military and civilian personnel. In addition, there is a large presence of supporting defense contractors in the area and region. Our community is especially proud of our number one industry, tourism. Home to the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”, you will find over 27 miles of sugar white, sandy beaches to enjoy, along with lots of things to see and do. Whether you want to visit or call us home, we invite you to enjoy our little piece of paradise! Sincerely,

Carol Roberts President/CEO Bay County Chamber of Commerce

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A new-home community in Panama City, Florida. Now selling custom homesites 844-35-SWEET.

It’s beautiful outside. The sun is shining, and it’s a great day to head out for a run on one of the waterfront trails. Then drop by the pool to relax with new friends—who just happen to be your neighbors. SweetBay is a new master-planned community in Panama City, Florida. A village that fosters the healthy lifestyle we like to call, “relaxed living with a dash of Southern charm.” In this friendly neighborhood, everything you need is just a short walk away…most notably, University Academy — a free public K–6 charter school located right in the heart of Academy Park, our first neighborhood.

Or, hop in the car, and in minutes you’re pulling into Pier Park for dinner and a movie, or embarking on a sunset cruise from the local marina. And wildlife abound, whether it’s flora and fauna along the trails of Ocala National Forest and St. Andrews State Park, or splashing under waterfalls and tubing a lazy river at Shipwreck Island. Your family is in the thick of it all. But we know work is a must. Good thing SweetBay is an easy commute to nearby universities, hospitals, military bases, and many other work centers.

Won’t you join us?

Register online to get all the news and information about new homes in SweetBay. www.SweetBayFL.com


table of contents • WELCOME............................................................... 5 • LET’S MOVE............................................................ 8 A checklist for getting from there to here. • GETTING TO KNOW BAY COUNTY.........9 • BAY COUNTY MAP........................................... 11 Geographically Speaking & Climate • THE COMMUNITIES................................. 12-17

Official Publication of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce 235 West 5th Street Panama City, FL 32401 Phone: 850-785-5206 www.panamacity.org facebook.com/baychamberfl Thank you to the photographers

• LIVING.............................................................. 18-23 Events Shopping Culture Libraries Transportation State Taxes & Requirements Services Utilities Media (Newspapers, TV, Radio, Billboard, Online) • EDUCATION...................................................24-29 • TOURISM & BUSINESS............................30-32 • MEDICAL...............................................................33

that contributed photos for the Guide to Discovering Bay County: Panama City Beach TDC-CVB, Brittany Cole, Angela Segers, Melody Barton, Tim Allen, Ashley McGlothren, Katie McLaurin, Kayla Gibbens, and Ron Jarmon. Reproduction in whole, or part is prohibited without permission of the Bay County Chamber. © Copyright 2016 DESIGN & LAYOUT BY:

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Shell Island by Katie McLaurin

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let’s move

4-6 Weeks Before Your Move:

• Have an inventory session. Decide what you want to take and what you would like to get rid of. • Schedule a garage sale for items you’re not taking. Donate other items to charity and get a receipt for tax purposes. • Get estimates from moving companies. • Make any travel arrangements needed for the trip (i.e. hotel/airline reservations). • Arrange for packing. If you do it yourself, label box contents according to room location. • If moving out of town, gather personal records: medical, dental, veterinarian, schools, birth, baptismal, marriage, etc. NOTE: Send school transcripts in advance to the new school. • Keep track of moving expenses for tax purposes. • Close local department store and charge accounts you won’t be using once you move. • Arrange with employers to forward tax withholding forms. • Make arrangements to discontinue: – Newspaper delivery – Water Softener Service

A checklist for getting from there to here. Plan, plan and more planning is the key to a successful move! When you begin your planning process, begin by setting three important dates: • Packing • Loading • Delivery A good checklist is also essential. By planning early, moving will go more smoothly. Use the following checklist as a guideline to help plan your move!

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– Electricity (check for deposit refund) – Water Service (check for deposit refund) – Gas Service (check for deposit refund) – Telephone Service (check for deposit refund) – Cable (check for deposit refund) – Garbage Collection – Lawn/pool service – Pest Control service – Other: _____________________________________ • Make arrangements to have the above services completed at your new home. • Notify your change of address to: – Post Office – Social Security Office – Insurance Companies – Bank – Credit Cards – Magazines – Friends and relatives – Other: _____________________________________

2-3 Weeks Before Your Move:

• Fill and transfer prescriptions for family and pets: Pack

them so they can travel with you. • If packing yourself, begin packing items that are seldom used. • Safely dispose of or give away household flammables or goods movers cannot transport. • Make arrangements to have your new home cleaned or clean it yourself.

1 Week Before Your Move:

• Defrost refrigerator and freezer. Dispose of frozen foods.

• If needed, transfer bank accounts and remove items from safe deposit boxes. • Pack items to be carried in the car. • Have car serviced for the trip. • Verify the movers have the correct moving information. • Other: _______________________________________

Moving Day:

• Pack a box of basics you will need immediately when

you move in and mark it “Open me First.” • Pack your suitcases. • Conduct a last-minute walk-through. Make sure everything is locked and closed. • Other: _______________________________________

Delivery Day:

• Be at your new address before the movers arrive.

• Check off your inventory list. • Other: _______________________________________


getting to know bay county

Big city life with small town appeal makes Bay County a wonderful place to visit, but an even better place to live!

Hathaway Bridge by Melody Barton

With 27 miles of white, sandy beaches to explore along with snorkeling, fishing, boating and diving, you are sure to get your feet wet. Adventurers can hunt for treasure aboard a pirate cruise, encounter dolphins on one of the beach’s sightseeing boats or explore beautiful Shell Island and St. Andrews State Park. Thrill seekers hold on tight to ride the world’s largest speedboat, jet ski along the coast or take a plunge at the 6-acre Shipwreck Island Water Park. Beyond the beach, Bay County enriches the lives of visitors and residents with a strong cultural presence through many organizations. Art and other exhibits, as well as theatrical productions, are brought to the community through the Panama City Centre for the Arts, Bay Arts Alliance, the Marina Civic Center, the Martin Theater, Kaleidoscope Theater, the Science and Discovery Center of NWFL and the Bay County Library. Bay County also enjoys many events such as concerts, triathlons, festivals, motorcycle rallies and more throughout the year. Those looking to relax can enjoy a round of golf or take a sunset stroll along the many marinas. Families can see tropical animals and beautiful botanical gardens at Zoo World, or catch a sea lion show or swim with the dolphins at Gulf World. If shopping is on your agenda, visit one of the many boutiques in the historic downtown district of St. Andrews and Panama City, or check out the shopping plazas in town or on the beach.

There is plenty to do on and off the beach for all tastes and lifestyles.

Anglers from all parts of the world visit Bay County to fish and take part in our tournaments. Whether you are in pursuit of the “big one” or just dinner, it can be found in the warm Gulf waters or freshwater Deer Point Lake. Fish from our 1500 ft. pier or charter a boat to take you deep sea fishing. After a day in the sun, a taste of local flavor may be just what you’re craving. Bay County has many award-winning restaurants that boast the “seafood you’re eating today was asleep in the Gulf last night”. From downtown cafes and eateries to Gulf-front fine dining, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy a delicious meal at some of the best restaurants on the Gulf Coast. Our growing community lures people in with the beauty of the area, business and educational opportunities, cultural activities and southern charm. A seemingly leisure lifestyle rests on the surface of a booming economy that provides an excellent quality of life to our citizens.

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Quality Care Since 1954 Comprehensive behavioral and mental health services in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties.

24-Hour Emergency Services Largest Psychiatric Staff in Area Individual & Family Counseling Outpatient & Inpatient Services Foster Care Support Adoptions & much more Accredited in 17 programs

850.522.4485 • 888.785.8750 • www.lmccares.org Sponsored by LMC, Big Bend Community Based Care & the State of Florida, Dept. of Children & Families


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Geographically Speaking… Bay County is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the panhandle region of Northwest Florida. Average elevation is 13 ft. above sea level. Panama City, the county seat, is located approximately 100 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Florida’s capital: 80 miles south of Dothan. AL.; 105 miles east of Pensacola, FL.; approximately 300 miles from Atlanta, GA.; 270 miles west of Jacksonville, FL., and 315 miles east of New Orleans, LA. St. Andrew Bay surrounds much of Panama City, providing a protected harbor for Port Panama City. Deer Point Lake, located in the central part of the county, provides an abundant source of freshwater for county residents and industries.

The sand on Bay County’s 27 miles of beaches is startlingly white, a perfect foreground for the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is actually quartz crystals which have been broken down, polished and deposited on the shore.

Climate… The average annual temperature in Bay County is 67 degrees. The average temperature is 89 degrees in the summer and 59 degrees in the winter. Bay County receives approximately 67 inches of annual precipitation. Snowfall is rare. Winds are southerly in the summer and northerly in the winter.

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the communities UNICORPORATED BAY COUNTY

www.baycounty.gov Population: 174,987 Square Miles: 689 (including Navy Base and Tyndall AFB) Bay County Commission 840 W. 11th Street Panama City, FL 32401 Government Center: 850.248.8140 Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office: 850.747.4700

Unincorporated Bay County is governed by the Bay County Board of County Commissioners, a five-member governing board elected at large to represent the citizens of Bay County. The board guides the actions of the organization in ensuring the future of Bay County, establishing policies and appointing a county manager to implement those policies while managing the operations of the county. The commission annually adopts the millage rate and approves the county budget, which determines the revenue and expenditures necessary to operate all county departments. The majority of county government offices are located in the Bay County Government Center at 840 W. 11th St. in Panama City, FL. The three-story building provides a singular, convenient location for all county residents to conduct their business and includes the following departments: Planning and Zoning, Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems, Code Enforcement, Builders’ Services, Development Services, Public Works, Traffic Engineering, the Traffic Management Center, Veterans Services, Human Resources, Budget, Risk Management, Purchasing and the County Manager’s Office. All the county commission-governed offices, as well as the commission chambers, are located at the 11th Street site, with the exception of Emergency Services, Parks and Recreation, Utility Services, the Solid Waste Division, Mosquito Control and Fleet Maintenance. The Center is also home to the offices of the Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector and Division of Motor Vehicles. For more information about Bay County government, visit: www.baycountyfl.gov.

PANAMA CITY Over 37,500 residents call Panama City home. The largest city between Pensacola and Tallahassee on the Florida Panhandle is located on the shores of St. Andrews Bay. Panama City retains the charm and beauty of a sleepy fishing village while still enjoying the amenities of a busy metropolis. With over 200 acres dedicated to leisure activities, Panama City features two walking parks, a large sports complex, seven waterfront parks and eight clubhouses available for meetings, parties and family events. With many miles of waterfront and over 350 boat slips at two municipal marinas, Panama City is a boater’s paradise. Downtown Panama City serves as the area’s art and theater district, anchored by Martin Theater and the Marina Civic Center. These venues host a range of varied events from local talent to national touring events and big-name acts. Downtown is also home to the Centre for Arts, CityArts Cooperative, and private galleries, including the Paul Brent Gallery and the Bay County Historical Society Museum. In addition to the Downtown area, Panama City encompasses a number of wonderful neighborhoods each with their own distinct character: Forest Park, Glenwood, the Cove, St. Andrews, and Millville are just a few.

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www.pcgov.org Population: 37,560 Chartered: 1909 Square Miles: 35.21 City of Panama City City Hall 9 Harrison Avenue P.O. Box 1880 Panama City, FL 32402 Telephone: 850.872.3000 Panama City Police Dept.: 850.872.3100


the communities Many companies and major employers make their headquarters or major facilities in Panama City, including Rock Tenn, Arizona Chemical, Eastern Shipbuilding, Berg Pipe, Trane, Oceaneering, and Merrick. Panama City is dedicated to educating the next generation of skilled employees through its high-achieving public schools, numerous private schools and charter academies, Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University’s Panama City campus, which are all conveniently located within our city limits. In 2014, the residents of Panama City approved a 5% tourist development tax applied to short-term accommodations within the city limits. The Panama City Community Development Council is responsible for promoting and marketing the city as a destination to tourists and business travelers, as well as bringing about improvements to the area to support these travelers and the community. In addition to its status as the seat of Bay County, Panama City is served by five hospitals, diverse shopping, acclaimed restaurants and the kind of Southern hospitality that makes our city a great place to visit, as well as the best place to live, work and play.

PANAMA CITY BEACH The City of Panama City Beach is approximately 19.5 square miles located in Florida’s Great Northwest. The City is populated by over 12,000 permanent residents with 11,000,000 tourists visiting the area annually, averaging a 3 night stay. The City, which is experiencing a sustainable growth rate each year, is considered the fastest growing of Bay County’s seven cities in both population and area. With a population of young families, seniors and early retirees, Panama City Beach is considered an ideal place for relocation and vacation. Stretching nine miles along the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach’s economy depends heavily on tourism. Approximately 20 percent of the upland owner shore line is classified recreational and public use. The remainder of the publicly accessible beachfront has hotels, condominiums, restaurants, entertainment venues and personal homes. The Panama City Beach renourishment project has secured approximately 9 miles of accessible beach along the Gulf of Mexico. The City is experiencing a manageable growth in housing, service and retail establishments. The industrial park and commercial office park opened in 2002 and have acquired occupants. Pier Park, a public/private partnership, opened in 2003 and consists of a city park with amphitheater, swimming area, walking paths and a large commercial/entertainment area. Community life is supported with three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school; various recreational and social areas including parks, senior and youth centers, golf courses and two fishing piers; a new branch of the Bay County library; and numerous medical, vision and dental offices. The city is home to worship/gathering groups of various denominations, and an abundance of financial institutions.

www.pcb.gov Population: 12,467 Chartered: 1970 Square Miles: 19.5 City of Panama City Beach 110 South Arnold Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 Telephone: 850.233.5100 PCB Police Dept.: 850.233.5000

CALLAWAY FLORIDA

DARLENE COPELAND

Owner/Operating Manager 2915 E. 6TH CT PANAMA CITY FL 32401 Phone: 850-769-2191 Fax: 850-769-2192 Cell: 850-624-2681 Email: darlene@redcorecycling.com

Planning a wedding, conference, or business meeting? Have it at the Callaway Arts & Conference Center. Call for reservations at (850)871-6000 or visit us on the web at www.cityofcallaway.com. A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.


the communities LYNN HAVEN “Rich in history with the best schools in the County and abundant amenities, Lynn Haven remains the gem of Bay county,” says City Manager Joel B. Schubert. Lynn Haven is a growing City that offers an abundance of resources to the citizens and business community. While the City is certainly on the rise with a current population of almost 20,000, it continues to maintain its identity as family-oriented and business-friendly alike, including a vibrant downtown that preserves and values its local heritage.

www.cityoflynnhaven.com Population: 19,068 Chartered: 1913 Square Miles: 10.8 City of Lynn Haven 825 Ohio Avenue Lynn Haven, FL 32444 City Hall: 850.265.2121 Lynn Haven Police Dept.: 850.265.4111

Lynn Haven citizens are involved, caring and active. They are engaged in civic and fraternal organizations, such as the American Legion, Rotary, Lions Club, Garden Club, Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows, and many others. They coach various sport disciplines at the City’s recreational facilities, support Lynn Haven law enforcement, and serve on a wide range of volunteer boards and committees that help City Commissioners make better informed decisions. Residents enjoy the City’s many amenities and events. The Sports Complex on Hilltop Lane offers a wide range of sports activities, including a walking/biking track, basketball and tennis courts, football, soccer, baseball fields, shuffle board courts, weight room, and much more. Numerous city parks provide amenities to the community to include various events such as Winter Wonderland, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Carnival and Summer Concerts in the Park to name a few. The City is working to promote the CRA downtown area and ideas are in the works to host various events in the upcoming year.

The Lynn Haven Library takes pride in offering a summer program for our young residents, which includes storytelling, arts, crafts, music, and poetry. The Senior Citizen Center offers a place where senior residents can come together for activities and services, which enhance their quality of life and support their independence. Activities include arts and crafts, gymnastics, book discussion groups, guest speakers, and enjoying local entertainment. The City continues to attract many new businesses. Economic development activities include the promotion of the Lynn Haven Commerce Park and the Hugh Nelson Industrial Park. These parks are home to national companies such as General Dynamics, Trane, Merrick Industries, and Jensen USA. Redevelopment efforts of its historic downtown area are being emphasized and supported by the Lynn Haven Community Redevelopment Agency.

CALLAWAY Welcome to Callaway! Come visit and stay for a lifetime!! Callaway has a “small town” atmosphere with its own shopping district, but is still within driving distance to the beaches and scenic bays. It is conveniently located to the east of Panama City, neighboring Tyndall Air Force Base. In fact, many airmen and airwomen call Callaway home! Callaway’s pristine waterways, residential and recreational areas, and the Arts and Conference Center help make it a diverse community. There are a lot of parks with something available for everyone! Some of the park amenities offered: Veterans Park has a walking path, picnic area, playground, and is pet friendly; John B. Gore Park provides a boat ramp, floating docks, a Community Center that has a meeting room and a small kitchen, as well as being conveniently located to our sports practice fields, a playground and tennis courts; Brittany Woods has a walking park; Patterson and Collinfurst Parks both have beautiful and serene water views! The Arts and Conference Center, located at the Recreational Complex, features an auditorium, meeting rooms and a caterer’s kitchen, which are available for special events. Also located at the Recreational Complex are two T-ball fields, two youth baseball fields, three multi-use ball fields, five soccer fields, a football field, a fully stocked children’s fishing pond, a walking trail with exercise equipment and two playgrounds. In 2007, the Callaway City Commission established the Callaway Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which works towards community revitalization and economic development. The purpose of the Callaway CRA is to enhance existing neighborhoods and

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the communities encourage new businesses to locate within our commercial corridors. One of the main objectives is to fund new public infrastructure projects to accommodate businesses and development. The CRA has awarded grant funds to existing businesses, including a façade improvement grant. Callaway offers many commercial services and amenities to its citizens including financial services through several new banks, dining opportunities at local restaurants, lodging at its hotels, as well as other new commercial entities. Callaway Elementary School is located within the city limits, and Everitt Middle School and Rutherford High School are in close proximity to the city. Callaway’s City Commission has strived to protect the delicate balance between property rights and property values through the years. It has approved legislative requirements, which ensure quality growth within Callaway. The Public Safety Building houses the City’s Fire Department and the substation of the Bay County Sheriff ’s Office. The City has expanded its water and sewer utility services to the Allanton Peninsula in order to accommodate new growth and business. Public transportation is available through the Bay Town Trolley, which traverses the county from east to west, including the beaches! Callaway has a Historical Society that houses the City’s artifacts in a museum located next to the “Old School House”. The “Old School House” has been designated as a Florida Heritage Site, and is located near John B. Gore Park.

www.cityofcallaway.com Population: 14,500 Chartered: 1963 Square Miles: approx. 12 City of Callaway City Hall 6601 State Road Hwy. 22 Callaway, FL 32404 Telephone: 850.871.6000 Fax: 850-871-2444 Arts & Conference Center: 850.874.0035 Recreational Complex: 850.874.0031

PARKER The beautiful and serene City of Parker, known for its gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, moon rises and moon sets overlooks the intercoastal waterway. Parker is an incorporated municipality utilizing a five-member city council consisting of four council members and an elected mayor, who is acting Chief Executive Officer.

www.cityofparker.com Population: 4,467 Chartered: 1967 Square Miles: 2 City of Parker 1001 West Park St. P.O. Box 10619 Panama City, FL 32404 City Hall: 850.871.4104 Parker Police Dept.: 850.871.4100

A small community of approximately 4,300 citizens, Parker is nestled amid St. Andrews Bay and Martin Lake. Although the City only comprises 2 square miles of land, it enjoys 12 miles of shoreline. Its southern boundary is coastal and borders Tyndall Air Force Base. Parker, a quiet neighborhood community, has a large sports complex, a unique educational park, two waterfront parks and has its own fire/EMS and police departments. Founded as a community in the early 1800’s, the first known description of the Parker area appeared in, A View of West Florida. This journal contained the first American survey of the St. Andrews Bay area, and the survey identified a place called “Loftin” on the east bank of St. Andrews Bay. If you are looking for a place to fish, water ski or do some boating, this is the place. If you love to shop, there are many area stores for your convenience within driving distance.

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the communities SPRINGFIELD On February 26, 1935, thirty-eight qualified voters met at W.B. Gray’s Hardware and Lumber Company to select officers and organize a new municipal government. After the town officials had been elected, it was necessary to designate the official name of the municipality. There was only one name proposed: Springfield. This was accepted unanimously by the voters, and the City of Springfield was born. Springfield has changed from those days in 1935, into a thriving mainly residential city, an up-to-date water and sewer system, City Hall, innovative police and fire departments, a community center which may be rented, two beautiful walking parks, boat ramp access to Martin Lake, sports field, playground and a sports complex with two baseball fields and a soccer field. www.springfield.org Population: 9,600 Chartered: 1935 Square Miles: 4.4 City of Springfield 3529 E. 3rd Street Panama City, FL 32401 City Hall: 850.872.7570 Springfield Police Dept.: 850.769.7545

Additionally, the City of Springfield has a public library with internet access, five medical facilities, a state veterans home, and three schools, including Springfield Elementary School, Everitt Middle School, Rutherford High School (Home of the Rams), and Shaw. The city has continued to be progressive in supporting the educational needs of its youth, as well as the recreational needs of its residents. Over the years, Springfield has maintained its small town appeal and is a great place to live. Springfield’s leadership is proud of the friendly atmosphere and quality of life, and feels confident that as you get to know it better, you will share the same opinion.

MEXICO BEACH A small, coastal community located on the western end of the Florida Panhandle’s Forgotten Coast and the eastern end of Bay County, Mexico Beach is approximately 3.5 miles long and 1.4 miles deep. It is currently home to just over 1,100 permanent residents, comprised primarily of retirees, base personnel from neighboring Tyndall Air Force Base and a number of business owners and their employees. Because of its proximity to the beautiful, emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its sugar white sands and a quiet, noncommercialized setting, the community is a natural pick as a vacation destination for families looking for a getaway to a more traditional, less busy destination. Due to its unique natural and social assets, Mexico Beach’s economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism. The City’s beautiful, pristine beaches are also the safest in the area due to the lack of rip currents, which are prevented by a sand bar that parallels the beach, adding to its attractiveness for those who like water activities. In addition to the beautiful public beaches, the City of Mexico Beach features an 823 foot long wooden pier and a new, state-of-the-art, three-ramp boat ramp on the canal, which allows boaters direct access to some of the best fishing spots in the Gulf. Important to

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www.mexicobeach.gov or www.mexico-beach.com Population: 1,100 Chartered: 1967 Square Miles: 3 City of Mexico Beach P.O. Box 13425 Mexico Beach, FL 32410 Telephone: 850.648.5700 Mexico Beach Police Dept.: 850.648.5984


the communities note, however, is that due to a currently limited number of motel and rental units, Mexico Beach remains relatively uncrowded, even during the busy summer season. The 3.5 miles of U.S. Highway 98, which run parallel to the Gulf of Mexico, boasts zero traffic lights and a scenic, unobstructed view of the Gulf. While much of Mexico Beach continues to convey a predominant spirit echoing a setting from the fifties and sixties, some change has begun in the community. A number of townhome developments, adhering to the three-story city ordinance set height limitations are emerging where 1960s block style construction once stood. The results are more retirement/ relocation living and investment opportunities, as well as additions to the community’s vacation rental inventory. On the near horizon, Mexico Beach anticipates potential expansion to the west end of the city with ongoing communications between city officials and the landowner regarding various development ideas. The proposed area for annexation lies between Mexico Beach and Tyndall AFB, with the St. Joe Company proposing their River Camp concepts to the portion of the property inland of U.S. Hwy 98 and an upper-end, single family beach home community on the Gulf side of the same highway. Mexico Beach, with its intrinsic natural beauty, friendly people and dedicated conviction toward managed growth and preservation of natural resources, is a superb community in which to vacation, relocate, or retire.

Florida Department of Health in Bay County

Diabetes Services Program When it comes to Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management, education is the key. Studies show that people who are educated in lifestyle change may be able to prevent t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f diabetes or better manage blood glucose levels and reduce complications if already diagnosed with diabetes.

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living SHOPPING Historic Downtown - www.pcdib.com / 850.785.2554 Panama City takes pride in its historic downtown shopping district. The beautifully restored buildings offer a unique shopping experience. Antique, novelty, jewelry, clothing, photography, and one of a kind shops are interspersed with quaint restaurants and dance studios. The Historic Downtown district is within strolling distance of St. Andrew Bay and downtown marinas. Panama City Mall - www.panamacity-mall.com / 850.785.9587 Panama City Mall has great shopping for everyone, where you can shop Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond or one of the 90 specialty stores including Merle Norman, American Eagle, Sunglass World, Buckle, Bon Worth, rue 21, Journeys, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. Dine at one of our 8 Food Court tenants, bring the kids to play in the Soft Play Area or visit Starbucks, Vitamin Shoppe, Panera Bread or The Shoppes at Panama City, which includea Best Buy and more! Pier Park - www.simon.com/mall/pier-park / 850.236.9979 Located in the heart of Panama City Beach, developed by Simon Property Group and comprising nearly 1 million square feet, Pier Park is an open-air, regional lifestyle center anchored by Dillards, JCPenney, Old Navy, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target and Marshalls. Additional fashion and specialty retailers include exciting new-to-market choices LOFT, Envy Boutique, Chico’s, Forever 21, Charming Charlie, Hollister Co., Lane Bryant, and Ulta Beauty. The center embraces many unique dining options such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Hofbrau Beer Garden, Back Porch Seafood House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Rum Runners Tropical Grill and Piano Bar, Dick’s Last Resort, Panera Bread, Pompano Joe’s Seafood House, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and many more. Shoppers can also enjoy movies at The Grand 16 Theatres, which features the new Grand IMAX, or spend time at Dave & Buster’s.

CULTURE Marina Civic Center - www.marinaciviccenter.com / 850.763.4696 The Marina Civic Center is located in beautiful downtown Panama City, Florida at the end of Harrison Avenue. The center houses a 2,500 seat performing arts theatre, three 980 sq. ft. meeting rooms, a fully-equipped stage and industry-standard sound and lighting systems The Marina Civic Center serves as a front door for Bay County, attracting national touring acts, competitions and individual entertainers, providing a center for performing arts and cultural events as well as box office ticketing.  In addition to its performing arts capabilities, the Marina Civic Center is also fully equipped for conferences, seminars, and receptions for businesses and corporations throughout the region by offering the latest in audio/visual technology and catering. Beautifully decorated with newly landscaped grounds and free parking available on three sides of the building, the Marina Civic Center is located near the Panama City Marina, offering a beautiful, panoramic view of historic St. Andrew Bay and just a short walk from downtown shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Kaleidoscope Theatre - www.kt-online.org / 850.265.3226 Originally incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit organization, Kaleidoscope Theatre has developed an amazingly large and diverse “family” of volunteers. Over the years, they have produced live performances of dramas, comedies and musicals for the people of Bay County. They are proud to serve our community and to provide a means through which the talents of local artists can find expression. The Martin Theatre - www.martintheatre.com / 850.763.8080 Originally built in 1936, the Martin Theatre first opened its doors as the “Ritz”, one of a chain of movie houses. Early memories boast visits by such notables as Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, Michael O’Shea, William Boyd, and cowboy great, Bob Elliot. In the early 50’s, the Ritz chain was bought and renovated by the Martin family. The original marquee was replaced with the one now 18

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living gracing the façade of the building, and the cinema operated as the Martin Theatre until 1978. In 1987 the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board’s (DIB) H. Mack Lewis, Chairman, bought the vacant building. The DIB, with funding from the State, completely renovated the facility, turning it into the current state-of-the-art-facility. Since that time, the Greenroom was added, a 1,500 square foot reception and meeting room, two full time staff members and a host of volunteers. Visit the website for a full calendar of shows and events.

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f Area’s only open-heart surgery f Area’s only Level II trauma center Panama City Centre for the Arts www.pccentreforthearts.com / 850.640.3670 The newly renovated Panama City Centre for the Arts (PCCA) facility is a one of a kind museum where art and culture flourish. The PCCA’s main mission is to bring cultural awareness and enrichment to our community by providing broad based educational experiences and quality performances that encompass the various multi-disciplinary art forms. Located on 4th Street and Harrison Avenue, the PCCA offers a variety of courses and workshops that foster a cultural environment for artists to learn, grow, and appreciate the diverse artistic spectrum within Bay County. The PCCA offers numerous programs and services such as: • Drawing, painting, pottery, fashion design, photography, sculpture, and acting courses for adults • Year-round intensive studio workshops for mature artist • Paint Your Art Out paint parties several nights per week • Summer youth art programs for elementary and middle school students

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Through weekend and evening hours, the PCCA provides opportunities for people from all walks of life and schedules to visit and participate in their programs.

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living STATE REQUIREMENTS Please refer to www.MyFlorida.com or one of the following websites for Florida relocation requirements and resources: • Elder Affairs (Retiring in Florida) www.elderaffairs.state. fl.us • Department of Revenue: www.myflorida.com/dor • See these sections of the Florida Statutes: www.leg.state. fl.us • Section 222.17 (homestead exemption) • Section 1009.21 (residency requirements for tuition and state financial aid for education) • Section 196.015 (permanent residency) • Section 372.57 (fishing licenses)

State Taxes

system. Military personnel and students are exempt. Proof of Florida insurance, your out-of-state title or registration, and a completed Florida State Form 82042 which verifies the vehicle’s identity number and odometer readings is required. Please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s website at www.flhsmv. gov for more information or the Bay County Tax Collector website at http://tc.co.bay.fl.us.

Bay County Tax Collector’s Offices/Division of Motor Vehicles Offices (office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

• Personal Income Tax: None • State Retail Sales Tax: 6.0 percent • Florida corporate income tax: 5.5% on net income • Ad valorem (real estate) taxes combine city, county and school district levies, plus special assessments. • Homestead Exemption: Up to $50,000 • Property is assessed at approximately 100 percent of true market value. • Bay County ranks among the lowest millage rates in the state. • License Tax: 1 percent (Cities of Panama City & Panama City Beach only) • Gasoline Tax: 7 cents per gallon (local), 28.5 cents per gallon (state)

850 W. 11th St.* Panama City, FL 32401 850.248.8501

Name Change for United States Citizens If you have legally changed your name by marriage or court order, you must submit the original or a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order. No photocopies will be accepted unless certified by the issuing authority. New residents who have a current driver’s license from another state are required to pass only the vision portion of the examination. First-time applicants must take vision, written and road tests. Applicants should make an appointment to take the drivers examination.

* also a DMV office - arrive before 3 p.m. for Driver's License Testing

Driver’s Licenses - www.flhsmv.gov The name assigned to the social security number must match the name that will appear on the Florida driver’s license or identification card. If you have recently changed your name, update your records with the Social Security Administration before you apply for your license or identification card. The cost of a first time Florida license is $48. The license is valid for eight years. License renewal is $48 and a replacement license is $25. Document requirements include: birth certificate, social security card, two proofs of residential address. Name changes must show marriage license or divorce papers. Automobile Tags and Registration New residents must register their vehicles and obtain a Florida license tag within 10 days of establishing legal residency, beginning work, or registering children in the public school 20

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17109 Panama City Beach Pkwy* Panama City Beach, FL 32413 850.233.5035 801 Florida Ave. Lynn Haven, FL 32444 850.271.8850 (written test only) 805 S. Tyndall Parkway* Callaway, FL 32404 850.872.4654

SERVICES

Voter Registration

Voter registration can be done at the Bay County Supervisor of Elections Office, local libraries, driver’s license offices, or completed/printed online and mailed in. You may register to vote if you are a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Bay County, 18 years of age or older, in possession of your civil rights and not currently adjudicated mentally incompetent. You can preregister on or after your 17th birthday, or upon receipt of a valid Florida driver’s license, whichever occurs first. Florida is a closed primary state; voter registration must be completed 29 days prior to any election. If you are interested in becoming an Election Worker, applications are available online and at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen 830 West 11th Street Panama City, FL 32401 850.784.6100 www.bayvotes.org


living Recycling

Bay County recycles primarily through the Bay County Wasteto-Energy (WTE) facility. Almost all household and commercial waste collected curbside within Bay County is processed at the WTE facility, and is converted into electrical energy, so the majority of Bay County residents participate in recycling and do not even realize it. The facility produces enough electrical power each year to power thousands of homes. The WTE combustion process is recognized by the State of Florida as a renewable resource, and Bay County receives recycling credits for each megawatt of power produced by the facility. Bay County residents may also take materials to drop, buy-back or other recycling centers. For information on these centers or programs, call 850.784.6127 or e-mail recycle@baycountyfl. gov.

Fishing

Whether you are fishing for dinner or for a prized trophy, we promise you’ll find it swimming in the waters surrounding Bay County. You can charter a boat to take you deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or fish from one of our piers and bridges. A deep-sea catch might include snapper, grouper, tuna or marlin.

If you prefer freshwater fishing, cast your line into Deer Point Lake, where your catch could be a large-mouth bass or bluegill. All freshwater and saltwater fishing requires is for you to purchase a license, except a “For Hire” Charter Boat, where the license is included in the trip cost. Some ages are exempt from licensing. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for information or visit www.myfwc.com/ fishing. Fishing licenses are available at various marina stores, tackle shops, and from the Bay County Tax Collectors offices, substation, or online at https://license.myfwc.com. Licenses are renewable annually and the cost varies. FWC Phone Numbers Panama City Office – 850.265.3676 Tallahassee Office – 850.488.4676 Fishing License - 888.347.4356 (toll free)


living Libraries Bay County Public Library 898 West 11th Street Panama City, FL 32401 850.522.2100 www.nwrls.lib.fl.us Lynn Haven Public Library* 901 Ohio Avenue Lynn Haven, FL 32444 850.265.2781 www.youseemore.com/lynnhaven Panama City Beach Public Library 12500 Hutchison Boulevard Panama City Beach, FL 32407 850.233.5055 www.facebook.com/PCBLibrary Parker Public Library 4710 2nd Street Parker, FL 32404 850.871.3092 Springfield Public Library 408 School Avenue Springfield, FL 32401 850.872.7510

Bay Town Trolley www.baytowntrolley.org / 850.769.0557 The Bay Town Trolley serves Bay County, including Panama City, Parker, Springfield, Callaway, Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach. For route maps and service areas, call or visit the website. The trolley operates Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost for riding the trolley is $1.50 one way, $4.00 for a day pass, and $35.00 for a 31day pass. Passes can be purchased on the actual trolley, or by calling or stopping in at 919 Massalina Drive, Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

*Not part of NW FL Regional Library System

CALLAWAY CRA See how the Callaway Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) can help your business. Visit us on the web at www.cityofcallaway.com J. Michael Fuller, City Manager (850)871-6000 mfuller@cityofcallaway.com

DON ALD GI LES MAI, SRA Cert. Gen. RZ356

Commercial and Residential Property Valuations

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Electric, gas, telephone and water companies require deposits for first time service in the area. Deposits vary in each municipality and for the county.

Electricity Gulf Power Company 800.225.5797 www.gulfpower.com Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative 850.265.3631 www.gcec.com Natural Gas TECO Peoples Gas 850.914.6143 www.peoplesgas.com Water Services

Water services are offered through the County and each of the municipalities; if you live within the city limits, please contact the city office of that municipality.

Bay County Water Division 850.872.4785 Phone, Cable, Internet AT&T 1.888.757.6500 www.att.com WOW! 850.215.1000 www.wowway.com Comcast 1.800.391.3000 www.comcast.com

Media

Newspapers The Panama City News Herald (daily) 850.747.5070 www.newsherald.com Outdoor/Billboard Lamar Advertising Companies 850.763.6617 www.lamar.com Premium Outdoor Signs 850.890.0989 www.premiumoutdoorsigns.com Television WJHG (NBC) - Channel 7 850.234.7777 www.wjhg.com WECP (CBS) - Channel 18 850.234.7777

WMBB (ABC) - Channel 13 850.769.2313 www.wmbb.com WFSU-WFSG (PBS) - Channel 12 850.487.3170 www.wfsu.org Radio Sports Radio WDIZ 590 AM (ESPN) Sports Radio Public Radio WFSU 89.1 FM (Florida State University) Public Radio WKGC 90.7 (Gulf Coast State College) Public Radio WPAP 92.5 FM (92.5 WPAP) National Public Radio Talk Radio WFLF 94.5 FM (FOX News Radio) News/Talk Radio WYOO 101.1 FM (Talk Radio 101) News/Talk Radio AM Stations WPCF 1290 AM(Trop Rock 1290) Tropical Music WKGC 1480 AM (GC 90.7) Gulf Coast State College W242BF/WDIZ-AM (Reel Fun Beach Radio) Adult Hits FM Stations WJTF 89.9 FM (Joy FM) Christian Radio WPBH 93.5 FM (Rock 93.5) Classic Rock Radio WRBA 95.9 FM (Classic Rock 95.9) Classic Rock Radio WYYX 97.7 FM (97X) New Rock Radio WFSY 98.5 FM (Sunny 98.5) Adult Contemporary WEBZ 99.3 FM (99.3 The Beat) Urban WVVE 100.1 FM (Groove 100.1) Oldies WKNK 103.5 FM (103.5 Kick'n Country) New Country WASJ 105.1 FM (105.1 BOB FM) 80’s, 90’s, & Whatever WILN 105.9 FM (Island 106) Top 40 Radio WPFM 107.9 FM (Hot 107.9) Contemporary Hit Radio WBPC 95.1 FM (Beach 95.1) Adult Contemporary


education Bay District Schools The Superintendent, School Board, school leaders, teachers, and staff are wholly committed to educational excellence with consistent, incremental improvement in student achievement. There are learning opportunities for ALL students, from the intellectually gifted to the academically challenged. Special needs students are served in traditional schools throughout the county and also in several targeted special purpose schools. Middle and high school students have the advantage of preparing for experiences beyond high school with a broad range of advanced academic programs and career education opportunities. The installation and integration of advanced hardware and software allows educators to tap into and engage students through the digital world to which they are accustomed. Multimedia instructional tools give teachers and students an edge in the classroom with interactive white board lesson delivery, connection to global resources and devices that provide immediate student assessment as instruction is delivered.

Students and schools also benefit from award-winning business partnerships and a legion of mentors and volunteers through the support of business leaders, military ranks, and community members. The School Board, Superintendent and school district officials have worked diligently to maintain good fiscal health. Economic analysis and anticipated impact to the school district led to tough decisions at the start of the economic decline, and through the years of budget reductions that followed. Additionally, thanks to the vote from our community for a half cent sales tax, our schools are on a revolving renovation schedule and an equitable plan of technology installations have been completed in all core classrooms throughout the entire school district. Bay District schools deliver high quality education in a collaborative, safe, and respectful environment. Our commitment is to inspire students in the development of character with the acquisition and use of knowledge and skills as we prepare them for life and work in a diverse, global economy.

Here are some interesting facts about our school district: Schools 42 Schools 5 High Schools 6 Middle Schools 18 Elementary Schools 2 Combined Grade Level Schools (PreK-8 and PreK-12) 3 Special Purpose Schools 1 Adult/Technical School 6 Charter Schools 1 Virtual School Students Total: 27,561 (PreK-12) Educational services are provided to an additional 1,000 students in adult education and other educational programs outside the public school district. • Ethnicity White = 19,231.................................................................69.78% African American = 4,229..............................................15.34% Hispanic = 1,818................................................................6.60% Other = 2,283.....................................................................8.28% (i.e., American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander and multi-racial)          • Free/Reduced Lunch Recipients................................................59% • Disabled Students...................................................................... 4,533 • Homeless Students..................................................................... 1,020 • English Language Learners (ELL)...........................more than 600 30 different languages spoken by ELL students • Graduating Seniors Awarded $18 to $20 million in college scholarships each year Post-Secondary Plans College/University........................................................72.8% Tech/Trade School........................................................ 3.5% Military.......................................................................... 5.0% Total ...............................................................................81.3% Entering Labor Market.....................................................18.7%

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• History of student recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program • Federal Graduation Rate (Standard Diploma) District A. Crawford Mosley High School...................................81.8% Bay High School................................................................77.6% J.R. Arnold High School ..................................................72.5% Rutherford High School...................................................76.6% Deane Bozeman High School..........................................74.0% Employees The Bay school district is one of the top employers in Bay County. • More than 3,000 full time employees Instructional Staff ............................................................63.4% School Administrators...................................................... 3.5% District Administrators.................................................... 1.1% Professional/Non-Professional Support Staff...................27.4% • Teachers Starting Salaries (with 0 years experience); Average Years Experience =13.2 years Bachelor’s degree............................................................$34,480 Master’s degree...............................................................$36,980 Specialist degree.............................................................$39,580 Doctorate degree............................................................$42,280


education Elementary Schools Callaway....................................................................................................................................... 850.767.1241 Cedar Grove................................................................................................................................ 850.767.4550 Deer Point.................................................................................................................................... 850.767.5462 Hiland Park................................................................................................................................. 850.767.4685 Hutchison Beach......................................................................................................................... 850.767.5195 Lucille Moore.............................................................................................................................. 850.767.1428 Lynn Haven................................................................................................................................. 850.767.1454 Merriam Cherry Street.............................................................................................................. 850.767.1480 Northside..................................................................................................................................... 850.767.1506 Oakland Terrace (Visual & Performing Arts)........................................................................ 850.767.4565 Oscar Patterson........................................................................................................................... 850.767.4675 Parker........................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4570 Patronis........................................................................................................................................ 850.767.5075 Southport..................................................................................................................................... 850.767.1636 Springfield................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4575 Tommy Smith............................................................................................................................. 850.767.1688 Tyndall......................................................................................................................................... 850.767.1714 Waller........................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4341 West Bay Elementary School.................................................................................................... 850.767.1850 Middle Schools C.C. Washington Academy....................................................................................................... 850.767.5576 Everitt........................................................................................................................................... 850.767.3776 Jinks.............................................................................................................................................. 850.767.4695 Merritt Brown............................................................................................................................. 850.767.3976 Mowat.......................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4040 Surfside........................................................................................................................................ 850.767.5180 K-8 School Breakfast Point Academy.......................................................................................................... 850.767.1190 K-12 School Deane Bozeman School............................................................................................................. 850.767.1300 High Schools A. Crawford Mosley................................................................................................................... 850.767.4400 Bay................................................................................................................................................ 850.767.4600 J.R. Arnold................................................................................................................................... 850.767.3700 Rosenwald................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4580 Rutherford................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4500 Special Purpose Schools Margaret K. Lewis...................................................................................................................... 850.767.1792 New Horizons Learning Center............................................................................................... 850.767.1110 St. Andrew................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4595 Adult/Career & Technical School Tom P. Haney Technical Center............................................................................................... 850.767.5500 Charter Schools Bay Haven (K-8).........................................................................................................................850.248-3500 Chautauqua Learn & Serve (Disabled Adults Ages 18-22)................................................... 850.785.5056 Newpoint Bay (K-12)................................................................................................................. 850.215.0770 North Bay Haven Charter Academy (Career Academy, Elementary & Middle)............... 850.248.0205 Palm Bay Preparatory Academy............................................................................................... 850.215.0770 Rising Leaders Academy........................................................................................................... 850.215.0844 University Academy................................................................................................................... 850.481.4410 Virtual School Bay Virtual................................................................................................................................... 850.767.4460 W W W . 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education Covenant Christian School – www.ccs-pc.net / 850.769.7448 The right education opens doors, but a classical and Christian education will prepare your child for life and eternity. The heartbeat of Covenant Christian School is rigorous academics, loving personal attention, and a daily Biblical focus in all subjects as seen from a Christian world and life view. Students learn to see the big picture of history and time through the integrated study of Literature, Theology, History, Latin, Logic, Math, Science, Physical Education, Music and Art. CCS students rank among the highest in their peer groups on the nationally standardized IOWA Assessments. CCS, where students learn to love and love to learn to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Holy Nativity Episcopal School – www.holynativityschool.com / 850.747.0060 Serving Bay County for 55 years, Holy Nativity Episcopal School provides an education for students from 3K through 8th grade. Accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten Council, Holy Nativity has integrated, advanced subject area course work as well as education in the Arts and personal fitness. Before and after-school care is available daily. Holy Nativity, like fellow members of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, is an inclusive Christian environment welcoming students of diverse religious, racial and economic backgrounds. Tours of the campus, a historic landmark in Bay County, can be arranged by contacting the Office of Admissions.

AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute – www.pcmi-fl.org / 850.872.4715 The AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute (PCMI), established in 1974, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to redirect and motivate at-risk youth to accept responsibility for their actions, develop respect for themselves and others, and become productive members of the community. PCMI operates a maritime themed alternative school for middle through high school students who are in danger of dropping out. Kids can learn scuba and seamanship while they work towards a diploma or a GED.

St. John Catholic School – www.stjohncatholicschool.com / 850.763.1775 St. John Catholic School is a vibrant community made up of families, teachers, and community members who believe a Catholic education is essential in creating children who love God and will excel in the future. We provide a foundation in which students realize their full potential in school and beyond, by teaching academic and life lessons within a spiritual context. Our unique classes are sized to allow for highly individualized attention. Students use resources that keep them engaged and learning, helping our students rank amongst the top private schools nationally, and we expect nothing less. Troy University – www.troy.edu / 850.747.0634 With two locations to serve the residents of Bay County, Troy University offers a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in traditional in-class settings or online through our distance learning eTROY programs. Adult students choose Troy for the high quality courses and wide range of academic programs that are offered in multiple, flexible formats. With over 125 years of experience in education, Troy is regionally accredited and prepares you to make more than a living; Troy prepares you to make a life.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – worldwide.erau.edu/tyndall / 850.283.4557 Located at Tyndall Air Force Base, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide Tyndall Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aeronautics, engineering, logistics and supply chain management, project management, technical management and unmanned systems. Open to both civilian and military students, the Tyndall Campus offers convenience and flexibility with multiple terms a year as well as online and evening classes. 26

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we are

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STATE Florida State University Panama City welcomes you to Bay County!

we are PERSONALIZED. FSU Panama City is a full-service regional campus of Florida State University, one of two preeminent universities in Florida. With an average class size of 20 students, our instructors give you the extra attention you need to accomplish your academic goals.

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RECOGNIZED.

Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students. In 2015, Forbes ranked Florida State the No. 13 “Best Value” university in the nation. The online computer science bachelor’s degree program, housed at FSU Panama City, is best among both public and private universities by BestColleges.com for 2015, and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at FSU Panama City is No. 1 for Behavior Analyst Certification Board pass rates for 2015.

we are THE

FSU THAT FITS YOU. pc.fsu.edu | 850.770.2160


education Gulf Coast State College www.gulfcoast.edu / 850.769.1551

Gulf Coast State College provides a first-class education with an emphasis on success, regardless of students’ academic background or age, focusing on their dreams and goals. Gulf Coast offers over 150 programs focused on quality and practicality, and because the College has the lowest tuition rate of any state college or university in Florida, a degree from GCSC is a tremendous value. Approximately 98% of our students would recommend Gulf Coast to others, and 96% feel the College adequately prepared them for employment after graduation. These numbers, taken from our 2015 Graduation Survey, are an important indicator of our students’ achievements while at Gulf Coast and beyond. The College offers four bachelor’s degrees in Digital Media, Technology Management, Nursing and Organizational Management with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Health Services Administration and Emergency Services Administration. Students may pursue an Associate in Arts degree with 75 different transfer-tracks, workforce specific Associate in Science degrees and technical certifications, including the Educator Preparation Institute. Gulf Coast State College graduates are extremely successful whether transferring to state universities or completing GCSC’s 4-year degrees. In today’s job market, career-oriented students achieve high job placement rates. They benefit from dedicated Gulf Coast faculty and staff as they upgrade job skills and enrich their lives. The college serves more than 12,000 students annually in traditional classes, online courses, Corporate College and professional training courses. In addition, GCSC is also recognized as one of the top-tier, military friendly colleges in the country, providing a supportive environment for active duty, reservist and dependents as well as veterans. Because a large percentage of GCSC students have responsibilities at work and home, classes are offered at convenient times and in multiple locations - morning, afternoon, evening, and Friday block schedules, as well as online and distance education courses. The Panama City Campus holds classes at Tyndall Air Force Base, the North Bay Campus in Southport and the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe. Students have complete flexibility with their scheduling.

Florida State University Panama City pc.fsu.edu / 850.872.4750

FSU Panama City offers students the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized Florida State University degree, while providing a four-year undergraduate experience on a beautiful waterfront campus. FSU Panama City offers liberal studies courses and lower-division prerequisites required to complete any of the high-demand undergraduate degrees with smaller class sizes and more one-on-one support. FSU is ranked 43rd among all public national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 America’s Best Colleges and aspires to be in the top 25 nationwide within the next several years. In 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized FSU as the No. 2 most efficient of the nation’s highest ranked universities, and named FSU the nation’s most efficient high-quality university in 2013 and 2014. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs at FSU Panama City include electrical, computer, civil and environmental engineering; computer science; public safety and security; business; education; psychology; social work; recreation, tourism and events; nurse anesthesia and much more. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in computer science (an ABET-accredited program) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in computer science are available on campus or online. The public safety and security B.S. program, which offers major tracks in crime scene investigation, law enforcement operations and law enforcement intelligence, also is available on campus or online. The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is designed to develop critical-care nurses into top-tier clinical practitioners who provide patient care before, during and after surgical procedures, and emphasize analysis, evaluation and decision-making rather than memorization. The high-quality, personalized educational experience is enhanced by the Holley Academic Center’s state-of-the-art academic laboratories, “smart technology” classrooms and high-tech online library and learning center. 28

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tourism & business The EDA’s team of professionals is available to confidentially assist those interested in doing business in Bay County. The staff can provide a thorough evaluation of the region, including the following: •• •• •• •• •• •• ••

Confidential Project Management Site Selection Assistance Customized Research Demographic and Labor Market Analysis State and Local Incentives Assistance Workforce Development Assistance Introductions to Corporate and Community Leadership

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Tourism

Tourism is Bay County’s number one industry, generating over $1.2 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting over 20,000 local jobs. Tourism-generated revenue and tourismrelated taxes benefit every resident of Bay County. The Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCB/CVB) are responsible for marketing Panama City Beach as a year-round tourist destination, funded through a 5% tourist development tax applied to short-term overnight accommodation rentals on Panama City Beach. Visitors spend about 12 million visitor days/nights in Panama City Beach each year. The tourist development tax is used by the TDC/CVB for advertising and promotion of Panama City Beach as a tourist destination, as well as beach restoration, cleaning and maintenance, and event support. The TDC/CVB has adopted a strategic focus to enhance the visitor experience, develop Panama City Beach into a yearround destination, effectively market Panama City Beach and diligently protect our most important natural resources – our coastlands and our beach. For more information on Bay County Tourism visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.

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Two Pad Ready Sites Certified by McCallum Sweeney International Site Location Consultants The Only Certified Site with Rail Access at the Port’s Intermodal Distribution Center International Airport with a 10,000 foot Runway and Thousands of Acres for Development Strong Deep-water Port Freight Rail & Interstate Connectivity Tier-One Research University Branch Campus Highly-Skilled Workforce Bolstered by Major Military Presence New Advanced Technology Center No State Income Tax Right to Work State The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Demographics

Bay County Population (2014 Estimate): 178,985 Median Age: 39.9 Median Household Income: $47,461 Per Capita Income: $24,498 Age Distribution:

Under 5 years……………...6.1% Under 18 years…………....21.6% 19-64 years……………….56.2% 65 years and over……....…16.1%

The Economic Development Alliance of Bay County www.BayEDA.com / 850.215.9965 The Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) is an organization dedicated to creating new, quality jobs, which increases the wealth in the community, while sustaining and growing the existing economic base. The EDA works with strategic partners in Bay County, Northwest Florida and the State of Florida to create a vibrant, globally-competitive business climate for Bay County, which encourages economic growth, enhances the community’s quality of life and nurtures the creation of high-quality jobs. 30

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tourism & business Major Employers

Current as of March 2016 Naval Support Activity (NSA PC)

6,911

Tyndall Air Force Base

6,416

Bay District Schools

2,788

Eastern Shipbuilding Group

1,250

Bay Medical Sacred Heart

1,150

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

750

TRANE

670

Bay County Government

607

Bay County Sheriff's Office

521

SWS Environmental Services

500

City of Panama City

482

WestRock

470

Berg Steel Pipe Corp.

405

Wal-Mart (Panama City and Lynn Haven)

400

Gulf Coast State College

375

Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort

350

Life Management Center

320

U.S. Military Installations surround the region, and provide a stabilizing economic influence on the area. Naval Support Activity Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, along with nearby Eglin Air Force Base, serve as a catalyst for attracting a strong cluster of research activity, defense contractors, aviation and aerospace related companies and suppliers. Coast Guard Station Panama City is located adjacent to Naval Support Activity Panama City on Panama City Beach, Florida. It was originally established in 1933 at St. Andrew’s Marina and was later moved to Alligator Bayou located on the western shore of St. Andrew Bay, in October 1971. The main building is 14,000 square feet and is situated on 11 acres of land. The Station has two 45-foot Response Boat Medium vessels, 25 and 29-foot Response Boat Small SAFE boats to carry out Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Environmental Protection missions. The Station’s area of responsibility extends 50 miles offshore and stretches along 168 miles of coastline from Lake Powell in the west, to Rock Island in the east. This large area also incorporates the vigilant watch over 40 bayous, 18 rivers, 16 bays, 3 sounds, 2 lakes and 107.5 statute miles of Intracoastal Waterway. The Station is billeted for 30 active duty Coast Guard personnel and 21 reservists. The Station is the call-out authority for three Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas. Coast Guard Station Panama City is the host command for five tenant commands which include: Coast Guard Cutter COHO, Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, Aids to Navigation Team, Sector Field Office and the Electronic Support Detachment.

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tourism & business The Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) is located on 656 acres along St. Andrew Bay. NSA PC hosts a broad spectrum of research, development, testing and training missions, including mine countermeasures, expeditionary warfare, special warfare and diving. More than 3,400 military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and contractor personnel are employed at NSA PC, with an annual payroll of more than $331 million. In fiscal year 2013, NSA PC and its tenant commands sustained more than $165 million in non-labor contracts, resulting in a total economic impact of more than $498 million. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division is the largest of 17 tenants and the top Navy laboratory for expeditionary and special warfare, mine countermeasures and diving and life support systems. NSA PC hosts the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, supporting the multi-service training of more than 1,200 students annually. Together with the Navy Experimental Diving Unit and Center for Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Diving, Panama City is the hub for joint diving and salvage training, research, development and testing. In the 2014 Installation Excellence competition, Navy Region Southeast named NSA PC its best small base for providing outstanding support to tenant command missions and excellent quality of life for military members and retirees. Tyndall Air Force Base (TAFB) encompasses more than 29,000 acres in southeastern Bay County. Their host command, 325th Fighter Wing, is dedicated to their primary mission: “TRAIN AND PROJECT UNRIVALED COMBAT POWER!” As one of Air Combat Command’s (ACC) largest installations, the wing trains F-22 pilots and maintainers, Intelligence Specialists, and Airfield Operations Officers. The installation is also home to more than 30 associate organizations including Headquarters 1st Air Force, 601st Air and Space Operations Center, and the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Approximately 7,300 military, civilian and contract personnel are employed at Tyndall, making it the largest employer in Bay County. The base provides support facilities for more than 9,000 military retirees and, in 2013, had a local economic impact that exceeded $600 million.

Westbay

VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre With commercial and industrial land for sale, lease or development, VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre at West Bay in Panama City Beach, Florida, offers a strategic location for those seeking to launch, expand or consolidate a business. Numerous real estate options exist—pad-ready sites, build-to-suit construction, as well as thousands of acres of developable land — offering businesses flexibility and capacity to grow. The location allows for the potential for 24/7 operations and for transportation options via air, land or sea. Anchored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, major arterial highways and several Florida Gulf Coast military installations, this growing commercial hub can provide the connections and solutions for your expanding business. A premier location, affordable land, and a motivated workforce with numerous training and educational facilities nearby, create a nurturing environment for businesses. The Bay Line Railroad connects freight service throughout the continental U.S. linking to CSX’s 21,000-mile network while serving major population centers in 23 states east of the Mississippi and parts of Canada. It also connects to Norfolk Southern linking 22 states and every major container port in the eastern U.S. Port Panama City is a growing deep-water port located directly on St. Andrew Bay in Panama City with Free Trade Zone status. It has facilities for handling containerized cargo and bulk cargo. In recent years, the Port has invested over $60 million in new facilities and equipment, and has committed to another $35 million in improvements over the next five years. The Port Authority provides complete terminal services at attractive rates. Port Panama City’s location provides a Gulf Coast gateway to shippers and consignees in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Key commodities handled at the Port include forest products, copper, steel, and containerized cargo. Bulk cargos include wood pellets, aggregates, molasses, and d-Limonene. The Port also has industrial land available at its 200-acre Intermodal Distribution Center located on Highway 231 (15 miles north of Panama City). Transportation Highway Network Bay County highways are complemented by U.S. Highways 98 and 231, and Florida Routes 20, 22, 77 and 79. Interstate Highway 10 is located 13 miles from the northern portion of Bay County and 38 miles from the center of Panama City, linking Florida to California and intersecting with nine of the 10 north-south interstate highways. 32

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medical Florida Department of Health in Bay County - Diabetes Services Program www.bay.floridahealth.gov / 850.872.4455

When it comes to Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management, education is the key. Studies show that people who are educated about and then implement simple lifestyle changes may not only prevent diabetes, but have controlled blood sugars that reduce their complications and improve their quality of life. Diabetes Services Program’s mission is: To be completely committed to excellence in diabetes education and therapy for those in need, to support and promote the concept of diabetes self-care and management of pre-diabetes and diabetes in the community. Educational offerings to meet the needs of citizens residing in Bay County and surrounding areas include: National Diabetes Prevention Program, Diabetes Self-Management Education, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Insulin Pump Training/Management, Gestational Diabetes Consultation, and Type 2 Diabetes Support Group. Our location is 597 West 11th Street in Panama City, Florida. The main goal of the Diabetes Services Program at Florida Department of Health-Bay County is to reduce the use of hospital emergency rooms for non-life-threatening diabetic conditions through early intervention, education and referral to community services. Prescription assistance, referrals for uninsured specialty medical care and health education for chronic diseases other than diabetes is also available. Medicare and most private insurances cover the cost of diabetes education with either no or minimal patient responsibility. Financial eligibility offers opportunity for a sliding fee scale payment for those who are uninsured. Call 850-872-4455 ext. 1460 for more information.

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Center www.baymedical.org / 850.769.1511

Bay Medical Center, Bay Medical Sacred Heart is a 323-bed regional referral center located near downtown Panama City. As the region’s largest hospital, our mission is to provide the highest quality healthcare in a compassionate, innovative and fiscally responsible environment. We want to be your 5-Star hospital, earning your trust, respect and loyalty by providing the right care at the right time. Bay Medical Sacred Heart is part of Sacred Heart Health System’s network of quality hospitals and healthcare providers across Northwest Florida. The hospital serves patients in a seven-county area, providing hospital care and outpatient services. We are the designated Level II Trauma Center for Bay, Gulf, Holmes and Washington counties. We have nearly 300 physicians on staff representing virtually every medical specialty, and a support staff of more than 1,700 dedicated employees. Our clinical excellence has been recognized nationally. In addition to clinical quality, Bay Medical Sacred Heart also provides value as one of the top five most affordable hospitals in Florida. We were ranked third in the state for Best Value. The hospital has served the community since 1949 and was chartered as Memorial Hospital of Bay County. The hospital has expanded greatly over the years, most recently in 2010 with the addition of a new five-story patient care tower featuring 144 private patient rooms.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center www.gcmc-pc.com / 850.769.8341

If you were born in Bay County, or had a baby here in the past 35 years, most likely you were cared for by a Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center nurse. Today, nearly eight in ten babies are born at the hospital that was founded by local physicians. The 218-bed acute care hospital has a 42-bed critical care wing, which includes an adult-level ICU and the region’s only Level III NICU and Pediatric ICU. As an affiliate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Cancer Care Network, Gulf Coast brings UAB’s network of world-renowned cancer experts and services to benefit patients in the Bay County area. Additionally, the hospital is the only one in the area that has been granted full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the only area hospital to earn recognition as a nationally accredited chest pain center with PCI, which includes angioplasty and stents. This accreditation has enhanced Gulf Coast’s quality of care for cardiac patients and has demonstrated its commitment to higher, measurable standards of care. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has the area’s shortest average ER wait times. Times are available online or via text messaging by texting ER to 23000. The hospital also has the area’s only designated Pediatric ER.

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