PCB City Council Passes Speaking Changes

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - A new rule was put in place Thursday at the Panama City Beach city council meeting regarding who can speak during public comment portions of the city council meetings. 

People who want to speak during the meeting's second public comment section known as the delegations period, must be a resident or business owner in the city limits or an employee, water or sewer customer, or a tax collector to speak.

That resolution passed tonight. 

One that didn't pass was one that would penalize people for lying about their residency to the board. Mayor Mike Thomas was in favor of that resolution. 

"I just think that if you are going to have a rule that you need to be a resident of the city you need to have some way of verifying that you are a resident. It's fine if you want to get up and lie about it, you can do that, but you'll be dubbed a liar," said Mayor Thomas. 

The first public comment section of meetings remains the same. It is open to anyone in the public but their comments must pertain to agenda items. 

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