County, DJJ Haggle Over Boot Camp Property

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Bay County and the Department of Juvenile Justice are haggling over what to do with the land which housed the now defunct Bay County boot camp.

The county owns the land and wants to move several youth justice programs into the buildings for free. DJJ owns the buildings and is asking for rent worth six figures a year.

A county spokeswoman says they're researching other similar properties to come up with a reasonable number for rent.

The juvenile justice agency recently submitted a proposal to the county setting rent at just under 12-thousand dollars per month.

A department spokeswoman says they're optimistic that they'll reach an agreement.

The boot camp was shut down in April 2006 following the death of Martin Anderson. He was roughed up by guards there in a videotaped altercation. He died a day later at a hospital.

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