Juvenile Courthouse Relocating to Panama City City Hall

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Commissioners approved the first step of their plan to help keep the Federal Courthouse in Bay County.

It's almost been a year since Bay County Commissioners approved the resolution supporting the idea to re-purpose the Bay County Juvenile Justice Building as a Federal Courthouse.

But in order to do this, it's a game of musical chairs.

Tuesday, Bay County leaders approved a lease with the City of Panama City to 'temporarily' house the Juvenile Justice staff at Panama City City Hall.

County Commissioner, Robert Carroll, said the county will then do some renovations to turn the current facility into a Federal Courthouse, then eventually construct a brand new Juvenile Justice Facility.

"We're going to occupy the current city hall for a low dollar price of 10 dollars a year, so that's just them being a great partnership with us, and all of us understanding how important it is to have the new courthouse here. we have to retain our federal courthouse, and by us allowing them to use our current juvenile justice we'll need to build a new one," he said.

The county will be responsible for renovations and alterations to the property together with the utilities, but they are not required to return the property in the same condition as it was when the lease began.        

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