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Panama City Beach officials push for lifeguard private/public funding

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 10:33 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) -

On any given day there are 10 lifeguards on the beaches of Panama City Beach.

Despite the need to hire new lifeguards and add resources, the city does not have the money to do so. That’s why Thursday city council members pushed forward an effort to establish a private-public partnership within the city limits.

The city will create a campaign inviting beachside businesses to help pay for the program and have more eyes on the beaches.

“Lifeguarding is not rescuing, lifeguarding is preventing. The last thing we want to have to do is go out for a rescue. A lifeguard’s job is to go out there and prevent that from happening to begin with,” said Panama City Beach Fire Chief Larry Couch.

He also said the penalty for entering the Gulf during double red flags can result in a citation.

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