Panama City Beach is located in Bay County, Florida along the coast of the beautiful emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle. The community is in the Central Standard Time zone.
Panama City Beach is a home-rule city with a Council-City Manager form of government. The City was incorporated in 1977 and the City Charter was adopted in 1978. The City Council is made up of five members -- a mayor and four council members; one council member is elected from each of the four wards. The mayor and council members are elected at-large.
Panama City Beach provides the incorporated and unincorporated area of the beach with a wide range of urban services including: parks and recreation, potable water, reuse water, sanitary sewer and road maintenance. Reuse water and sanitary sewer are not available in all areas. Road maintenance is provided only within the incorporated areas.
The majority of Panama City Beach residents are served by Bay County Public Schools. Panama City Beach has one high school, one middle school, one K-8 school and one elementary school all located within the city limits.
Panama City Beach's population was estimated to be 12,741 permanent residents in 2017, but increases to a peak daily population of more than 100,000 in July. It is estimated that more than 17 million people visit Panama City Beach each year.