Panama City Beach Getting Lifeguards

The Panama City Beach city council placed a high priority on starting a lifeguard service.

Officials predict it will cost around a half-million dollars to hire two-dozen certified lifeguards.

The service may be patterned like the one underway in adjacent South Walton County.

There lifeguards can be found across 26-miles of the Emerald coastline.

The program was instituted following a half-dozen drowning during one weekend several years-ago.

The national, negative publicity surrounding that tragedy forced public officials there to find the necessary funds.

Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst wants to keep the world's most beautiful beaches as safe as possible.

The city is looking at using a combination of local and state funds to start-up a lifeguard service.

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