Federal Courthouse Could Be Staying in Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Two new developments could be giving local leaders a big boost in their effort to keep the Federal Courthouse in Panama City.

According to exclusive documents News 13 has obtained from the office of Chief Judge Casey Rodgers, the Federal bench is moving forward with a plan that could meet all the requirments for the Federal Courthouse to stay in Panama City. 

Under this plan, a full-time magistrate judge position would move from Gainesville to Panama City. 

If the plan receives approval, then it would be necessary to secure a new lease for a Federal Courthouse in Bay County. 

The lease on the current Federal Courthouse facility is up at the end of 2018.

Bay County officials have offered to lease the current Juvenile facility to the Federal Government, and the County would then build a new Juvenile Courthouse near the current County courthouse.  

However, nothing is final yet, and there are still moving parts including a needed market survey from the General Services Administration. 

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