Nearly a dozen Bay County boat ramps now prohibit all commercial activity

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Nearly a dozen boat ramps in Bay County are set aside for neighborhood use.

At the Bay County Commission meeting on Tuesday, commissioners passed an ordinance making commercial activity illegal at certain ramps.

Officials said some dolphin tour companies used neighborhood ramps to pick up people. But there is not enough parking space to accommodate large groups. Officials said the cars ended up on private property or took to the streets.

“There are a dozen that we prohibit and there are a dozen that we will authorize commercial activity. So the guy who used to do it on South Lagoon, can now go to St. Andrew’s Marina and do the same thing. He just can’t do it from the South Lagoon boat ramps,” said Commissioner Philip “Griff” Griffitts.

This change of order is effective immediately.

Lists of ramps currently open and closed for commercial use are provided below.

Neighborhood County Boat Ramps, Commercial Use Prohibited:

– Shoreline Circle boat ramp (Shoreline Circle Panama City, Florida) (Pretty Bayou)

– Dolphin St. Boat Ramp (Dolphin St. Panama City Beach, FL) (Grand Lagoon)

– Safari St. Boat Ramp (Safari St. Panama City Beach, FL) (Grand Lagoon)

– Oriole Street Boat Ramp (Oriole St. Panama City Beach, FL) (Grand Lagoon)

– Quail St. Boat Ramp (Quail St. Panama City Beach, FL) (Grand Lagoon)

– Donald Penny Boat Launch (SR 77A-Southport, FL) (Fanning Bayou)

– McCall-Everitt Boat Launch (CR-2321 Panama City, FL) (Deerpoint Lake)

– David W. Hutchinson Boat Ramp (10035 CR 2301 Bayou George, FL) (Bayou George/Deerpoint Lake)

– Bay Head North Boat Ramp (Cherokee St. Bayou George, FL) (Bayou George/Deerpoint Lake)

– Bay Head South Boat Ramp (Cherokee St. Bayou George, FL) (Bayou George/Deerpoint Lake)

– Pinewood Boat Launch (Pinewood State Forest) (Pinewood Stream)

County boat ramps, commercial use permitted:

– Crooked Creek Boat Launch (6370 Titi Road Panama City, FL) (Crooked Creek/West Bay)

– McCall-Everitt Boat Launch (County Road 2321 Panama City, FL) (North Bay)

– Ira Hutchinson Park 4405 (County Road 2321 Panama City, FL) (Deerpoint Lake)

– High Point Landing 7925 (County Road 2311 Panama City, FL) (Deerpoint Lake)

– Burnt Mill Creek boat ramp (Burnt Mill Creek Rd.) (Burnt Mill Creek/West Bay)

– Maude Holmes Boat Launch (Sandy Creek Rd. Callaway, FL) (Sandy Creek/East Bay)

– Lake Powell boat ramp (Lake Powell Rd. Panama City Beach, Florida) (Lake Powell/Phillips Inlet)

– BV Buchanan Boat Launch (BV Buchanan Bridge Panama City Beach, Florida) (West Bay)

– West Hathaway Bridge Boat Launch (southwest side of Hathaway Bridge) (St. Andrews Bay)

– McKenzie Boat Launch (McKenzie Rd. Southport, FL) (North Bay)

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