Panama City Commissioners Revisit Skateboard Ban Ordinance

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Panama City Commission recently read a traffic ordinance that would ban skateboarding in historic Saint Andrews. 

With it already banned in downtown Panama City, this would leave little public space left for the activity. 

No skateboarding allowed, at least that would be the new rule for a two block area in historic Saint Andrews if approved. 

After revisiting the ordinance at Tuesday morning's commission meeting, the commission decided that this ban needs to be addressed as a whole city, and not just in Saint Andrews.

"I didn't even know that the downtown was banned and now that it is, I hope we not only not ban it in Saint Andrews, but that we lift the ban in downtown also," said Ward 1 Commissioner, Jenna Flint Haligas.

Mayor Brudnicki says that taking away these places without providing an alternative would be unfair to residents who enjoy skateboarding here.  

"I would like to not really put anything in place until we have a place for people to skateboard. So you know we can start working on the language, but let's get the skateboard park built," said Panama City Mayor, Greg Brudnicki.

Talk of building a skate park has been in the works, and now a location on the college campus near the water is becoming a possibility for the location of the park. 

"Basically facing the water is a piece of property that we could put it. it'd be great because we wouldn't have a lot of residential kickback and it could be an amenity to the college which would be awesome," said Haligas.  

However, there's still work to be done on the ordinance. "Before we go ahead and put a band-aid on something that needs to be addressed for the whole city, rather than screwing up the whole ordinance, let's just take that part out, go back, and then we'll revisit just skateboarding," said Brudnicki. 

The commission will revisit the ordinance in their next commission meeting on November 14th at 8am.

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