Film Tax Breaks

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A new police action movie named for the Panhandle resort city of Panama City Beach might end up being shot in Louisiana.

A Bay County official says the Legislature has to give a bigger financial incentive for the film to be made in the Florida Panhandle city.

The Bay County Tourist Development Council approved a resolution yesterday supporting a request from Gov. Jeb Bush to the Legislature. The governor wants lawmakers to increase the budget for incentives for movie makers to $4.5 million. That's nearly double what was spent last year.

Film producers can seek a 15 percent reimbursement of in-state expenditures if they spend at least $850,000 in Florida. But the reimbursement is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and last year's funding was gone after the first two applications were approved.

The film being considered is called Panama City Beach PD.