Bay County, in a partnership with the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the county's municipalities, now offers citizens the Everbridge notification system. Everbridge is the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, and the new program aims to keep residents and emergency responders safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements.
The Everbridge emergency notification system will be used to alert people about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents via their preferred contact paths, including cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more, to ensure real-time access to potentially life-saving information.
The initiative is being funded entirely by the state of Florida for a savings of tens of thousands to local coffers.
Bay County residents are encouraged to sign up for the service by visiting www.alertbay.org. The sign-up process takes roughly one minute.
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Santa to visit Harder's Park, Christmas lights on display
Santa Claus will make a special appearance -- arriving via helicopter courtesy of the Bay County Sheriff's Office -- at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at H.G. Harder's Park, located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City. The event highlights Bay County Parks and Recreation's annual "Christmas at Harder's Park."
Throughout December, the front of the park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays around the pond. Visitors are invited to drive or walk through the park any time this month to view the lights.
At Saturday's event, parents are encouraged to bring cameras for pictures with Santa. He will be available for visits from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Mrs. Claus will be passing out cookies while patrons listen to music and a recital of "Twas the Night before Christmas."
Choir groups who would like to perform at the event are encouraged to call Janie Lucas at 784-4065.
BOCC to hold special meeting/workshop Dec. 6
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will hold its next regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Commission Chambers of the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City. The board will hold a special meeting/workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Commission Chambers concerning Transportation Network Companies.
Click the link below to view the meeting agenda.
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Half-cent infrastructure surtax passes
Bay County voters passed a half-cent sales tax intended to fund road and infrastructure improvements. Click the link below to learn more about the initiative and to view an interactive map of proposed projects to be funded by the tax.
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