New fire station officially operational in Panama City Beach

The Panama City Beach Fire Rescue officially moved in a new fire station the last of June. Fire and city officials celebrated Fire Station NO. 30 becoming operational. The new station will house seven firefighters daily, so now a total of 17 firefighters will be on duty across the three stations each day. The new station is located right in the center of the city off of North Nautilus Road. According to Fire Chief Larry Couch, this will help cut response time almost in half. The new facility is filled with new green features such as automatic lights and efficient air conditioning.

The contractor was approved at Thursday morning’s City Council meeting in January 2019. After giving the okay to more than a five million dollar budget for the project, approving the contractor was the final step into getting the new station built.

New~Panama City ER~Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

This new freestanding emergency room will be a new choice for your emergent needs in Bay County and the surrounding communities. It will provide the top quality medical services you have come to know through our Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center facilities. Panama City ER is a full-service emergency department featuring 11 private rooms and is located at 3711 U.S. Highway 231 near Transmitter Rd. They opened just this week on June 29th. Telephone: (850) 769-8341 Website :

Panama City ER will feature:
State-of-the-art emergency department open 24/7
Adult/pediatric emergency care
Staffed by physicians specializing in emergency medicine on-site
Emergency-trained nurses
11 private exam rooms
Designated cardiac/respiratory resuscitation room
Diagnostic imaging on-site, including CT scanner, ultrasound, and x-ray
Laboratory services on-site

Lynn Haven Opened it’s Splash pads for the 2020 Season

Lynn Haven residents and their children now have another place to get some relief from the heat. The splash pads at Kinsaul Park and Cain Griffin Park are now open for the 2020 season, admission is free. They opened Monday at 10:00 a.m.

The city is still following the CDC recommended guidelines, and officials ask that the public continue to follow public heath officials recommendations.
Families were excited to once again have a safe place to take their children and meet with others. Officials said that traffic at the park was light but constant, which gave the visitors plenty of space to have fun.

GymTrix Athletics in Marianna

GymTrix Athletics had a open house/registration day this past weekend. They open for classes on July 6th. They are located at 2976 Pennsylvania Avenue​​ in Marianna. ​You can call them at: 315-800-3213

They are a Veteran-Owned, dedicated Gymnastics Facility Offering the Following:

Preschool gymnastics
Beginner through advanced gymnastics
Special needs gymnastics classes
Competitive gymnastics team program
Gymnastics day camps
Private gymnastics lessons
Private birthday parties

You can learn more by clicking the link below:


Local Farms

The Florida Panhandle is ripe with local farms you can visit not only for the fresh food but also the agricultural experiences. By supporting local farms, you get to invest in your community AND get fresh, delicious, farm-to-table produce, and other assorted goods. Some local farms even host special agricultural experiences such as pick-your-own or seasonal corn mazes. Get out there and cultivate new experiences that will enrich your life and the world. Take your kids along to teach them lessons about the earth, farming, responsibility – and keep them occupied for a few hours! Take your family, take your friends – everyone can have fun at the following locations (not a complete list):
Blue Acres Berries in Sneads, FL – pick blueberries!
Jackson Farms in Grand Ridge, FL – pick snap peas, watermelon, and tomatoes!
Lee’s Tree Farm in Grand Ridge, FL – pick grapes!
Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze in Milton, FL – annual corn maze!
Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Milton, FL – pick your own Christmas tree!

The Center of Bay County ~Feeding the Gulf Coast June 20th

Want to learn more about Pride Month, Queer culture, or explore the LGBTQ+ community in the Panhandle specifically? Visit the all-inclusive LGBTQ+ organization in the Panhandle: The Center of Bay County. The Center serves as a public face for the community, acting as a firm advocate for mental, social, and physical health as well as offering a welcoming space to those in the community to meet, organize, and relax. Currently, the LGBTQ Center runs the only dedicated all-inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight-allied (LGBTQ+) youth program in the Panhandle. The organization suffered a major hit due to Hurricane Michael when the room they rented at an Episcopal church in Panama City was destroyed. They are currently working to rebuild while still maintaining their community presence functioning as not only a safe space for those of the LGBTQ+ community but also offering social services such as direct assistance with shelf-stable food, furniture, housing assistance and more. Although the Pride Month events for this year were canceled due to COVID-19, there are virtual events being held AND the Center decided to reallocate the Pride celebration funds to a good cause.

On June 20th, the Center and Feeding the Gulf Coast will work together to host a 10,000-pound food distribution at 1608 Baker Court. S.

Learn more about their programs, events, and organization

Curbside Pickup Service at Library in Marianna

Jackson County Public Library in Marianna Announces Curbside Pickup Service. Effective immediately, library patrons can select items for checkout at the library and pick them up through contactless curbside pickup. Pickup hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This is how it works:
1. If necessary, look at the Library Online Catalog to get titles, authors, etc. of items you would like to borrow. Library staff are unable to select items for you.
2. Go to and fill out the Curbside Pickup request form.
3. Fill in the form with the appropriate information (card number, name, and phone number) and then list the items you wish to borrow. Be sure to click on “submit” when the form has been completed.
4. The available items will be pulled, checked out, put into a bag, and labeled with the name of the cardholder. We can have your items ready for pickup within 24 hours. There is a limit of 5 items per card and 5 DVDs per household.
5. Library staff will call to inform you that your pickup is ready.
6. When you arrive for pickup, call (850) 482-9631 to let us know you have arrived, and open your trunk.
7. A staff person will take the bag and deposit it into the open trunk. Depositing items into the trunk will allow us to maintain the requisite social distance of at least six feet.
If you do not have internet access, you may call the library at (850) 482-9631 to request items. When you are ready to return items, deposit them into one of the library’s outdoor book drops. This includes DVDs and audiobooks for the time being. You may then repeat the process. Returned items will be quarantined for a period of 72 hours. If cardholder owes more than $10 in fines and fees, they will be informed of the amount and allowed to check out, but will not be allowed additional checkouts until payment arrangements are made with library staff.

Turner’s Landing opens, Blue Springs to reopen with no capacity limits

Jackson County Commissioners voted  to reopen Turners Landing immediately and to eliminate all crowd restrictions for Blue Springs Recreational Area as well. Turners Landing closed a few weeks and the seasonal opening of Blue Springs was delayed a week over concerns that it would be difficult to monitor and maintain the social distancing made necessary by COVID-19. As the state modified its guidelines over time, there had been talk of opening Blue Springs to 25-percent capacity, and then at 50-percent capacity. But Jackson County Public Works Director Rett Daniels said he now recommended a full opening based on the latest guidance he’d received from the governor’s office.

The reopening of those recreational spots comes as Jackson County’s COVID-19 total had, as of May 26th, reached 239. Jackson County Health Department leader Sandy Martin had presented that total to the board at their regular session Tuesday evening. She said, however, that the number does not reflect how many have since recovered. The number does not decrease once positive cases are considered resolved. Martin noted also that she does not have an official definition or description of what “recovered” means. Martin also pointed out that of the 239 positive individuals, only 39 are at-large citizens of the county. She said 149 are prisoners and that 51 are people in long-term care facilities. In her update to the board, Martin said that the number of positive cases represents 7.1 percent of the population, compared to the state’s overall 5.7 percent of population. In all, 3,364 individuals have been tested in Jackson County.

Art of Glass in Apalachicola

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Here on vacation? Need something for the kids to do? Or just have an artistic side?  Art of Glass in Apalachicola has just resumed Bits and Pieces One-hour drop in art classes. This is a Covid 19 safe outdoor art class in Apalachicola.

Let them help you find your inner artist. You pick your canvas glass and other media and create your work of art outdoors under a tent in a Covid 19 safe setting. When it’s completed, they coat it in a clear epoxy resin and you can pick up your masterpiece the next day. Just call Devorah at Art of Glass 47 Market Street Apalachicola at 850-370-1019. Call ahead with a time and a day that’s convenient for you & your group or just show up.
Two convenient classes held daily at 12pm & 2pm. Great for parties, company outings or family get togethers. Also Girls night out classes “Byob” by appointment. Bring something special home from your vacation that you can enjoy for years. Art of Glass is located at 47 Market St. Directly across the street from the Gibson Inn at the foot of the bridge in Apalachicola

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Businesses across the country are reopening and in Panama City Beach a summer staple has opened its doors to visitors. Shipwreck Island Waterpark is located at 12201 Hutchison Boulevard in Panama City Beach. The operating schedule and hours varies from the spring, to summer, to late summer, mostly based on the school calendar. You can check for changes by clicking here:

The Zoom Flume waterslide was the genesis of Shipwreck Island Waterpark when its opened in 1976. Over the next five years, The Raging Rapids and bumper boats were added. Beginning in 1983 the Zoom Flume and Rapids were merged into a unique tropical themed waterpark filled with attractions for family members of all ages. The twenty-acre park features lush landscaping, a professionally trained aquatics staff, and is one of the most hospitable attractions in all of North Florida. The usual broad selection of burgers, pizza, hotdogs, salads, barbeque, wraps, funnel cakes, ice cream, and frozen drinks is also available. Pepsi products and beer are also sold. Prices vary with age and height. For more information you can call 1-800-538-7395 or 850-234-9873 ext 310 to reserve your date by phone.

Have fun, stay safe, and don’t forget the sunscreen!