- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Spring break is over but Panama City Beach leaders still face issues with crowd control and large parties.

The Bay County Commission has granted special powers to the sheriff to shut down a planned beach celebration on Friday and Saturday if the event gets out of control.

The News Herald of Panama City (https://bit.ly/1Ju1NCf) reported Wednesday that commissioners allotted an extra $40,000 for the sheriff’s office to pay overtime for extra patrols and additional security at the event.

The commission rejected extending an emergency spring break ordinance banning drinking on beaches and stopping alcohol sales at 2 a.m.

Community leaders say they are faced with tough decisions that often pit businesses dependent on college-age crowds against residents fed up with the chaos that often comes with the younger tourists.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, https://www.newsherald.com

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