PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida's Panhandle are preparing for spring break.
This year, Panama City Beach Police and the Bay County Sheriff's Office say they're working Florida Highway Patrol, Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and other law enforcement agencies to control large crowds of college students.
Sheriff Frank McKeithen says that a mobile jail unit will be stationed on the beach starting in March to process spring break visitors who break the law. He says that saves his officers a 30-mile trip to the Bay County jail.
The Presidents Day weekend marks the official start of the spring break season in the Panhandle. Hotel and condo reservations show the second and third weeks in March likely will be the busiest in Panama City Beach.