Program Aimed to Help Panama City Residents Clear Their Property

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A new program in Panama City is helping residents clean up their property without the hassle and also saving the city some money.

“It allows us to be able to remove trees and small debris off of private property either a danger to the environment or a hazard,” said Panama City City Manager Mark McQueen. 

The Private Property Debris Removal Program was created through a partnership with FEMA and is another way the city says will help rebuild the area.

McQueen said, “we felt like the devastation in “Tree City USA’ was so extensive that we needed more help than what a homeowner or insurance company could provide.”

McQueen says this program is for those whose insurance did not already provide the service, “if insurance policies, homeowners insurance policies pays for the removal of trees, not just the ones leaning on houses but in the resident’s yard, then FEMA will not approve that removal. So there’s no duplication of benefits.”

He says the services are limited. “It’s not homes. It’s not demolition of homes. It’s just smaller outside structures like sheds and then of course trees that are in danger. They’re leaning or have fallen.”

McQueen also says the city has not decided when residents will have to stop placing debris on curbs to be picked up but encourages them to get things out there as soon as they can. 

More information for the Removal program: 

By electing to participate in the PPDR Program, residents will grant the City’s debris removal contractors entrance to their residential property to inspect and remove disaster-generated debris. In order to qualify, homeowners must:

1. Be the legal owner of a residential property within Panama City;

2. Submit a complete PPDR application by May 4th, 2019 that includes the following:
    a. Signed right-of-entry form;
    b. Copy of a valid Florida ID or driver’s license;
    c. Insurance policy, including declaration page and settlement statements, if available;
    d. Documentation of any additional benefits already received including, but not limited to, insurance proceeds, Small Business Administration, or FEMA Individual Assistance.

For renters/lessees: Under the City’s PPDR Program, renters / lessees may also be eligible for debris removal if both the renter / lessee and property owner complete a PPDR Program application and provide all required documents, including signed right of entry forms.

Places to sign up are:

Lake Huntington Club House 3504 West 15th Street, Panama City, Florida
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Closed

Police Substation 920 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Panama City, Florida
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Closed

Applications will be accepted from February 25th, 2019 to May 4th, 2019.

For questions regarding this program, please contact the PPDR Hotline at (850) 443-2792 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

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