Panama City Beach City Council is moving forward with an ordinance that may allow code enforcement to take action on buildings needing maintenance sooner than before.
Building and Planning Director, Mel Leonard said there are about 15 buildings around the city that are declining and in need of maintenance.
But because of the current code, Leonard explained that it could be years before the city can issue any warnings or citations.
At Thursday’s meeting, council members voted to move forward with an ordinance that will allow them to intervene sooner, before the properties decline any further.
“Properties that are starting to have their roof disconnect from the rest of the structure, windows that are starting to get broken, we can intervene in that process,” Leonard said. “And the neighborhood doesn’t have to live through a condition that’s getting worse over the next several years, we can go ahead and start taking action on it now.”
This was only a first reading of the ordinance, it will move to a second reading before being adopted.