Panama City is the largest city between Tallahassee and Pensacola and is home to about 37,200 residents. Panama City serves as the county seat of Bay County. Panama City is located close to Panama City Beach, a popular vacation spot, and is also a satellite campus of Florida State University.
Panama City is an attractive location for residents and business alike, and was recently named the nation’s “best place to invest in real estate” by Business 2.0 magazine. Prominent companies, including Sallie Mae, and Arizona Chemical have a major presence is Panama City. The Panama City economy is also powered by military institutions, such as Tyndall Air Force Base and the Coastal Systems Station-Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Recently, a Panama City Beach man was arrested after repeatedly firing a handgun and claiming that he killed two people. After being questioned by authorities, the disoriented man confessed to firing the gun into the ground behind his home six times after learning the results of the Presidential election. Officials confiscated his weapon; they also detained him and later escorted him to Bay Behavioral under the Baker Act. The Baker Act allows authorities to temporarily detain individuals for the purpose of conducting a mental examination where there is evidence that they have a mental illness, and pose a danger to themselves or others, or are self-neglectful.
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