Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





Governmental Affairs Update July 11, 2013
July 11, 2013

Here are a couple of updates from Governmental Affairs for this week:

Survey Topics

Your input is invaluable to the Chamber's efforts in representing the membership!

Governmental Affairs is still taking topic suggestions to put on the 2014 Legislative Survey. If there are any upcoming political issues that will affect your business or you would like to see on the survey, please contact Chelsea at

July 2013 Flooding

Several counties are requesting the deployment of Federal/State Damage Assessment Teams to investigate the need of a federal declaration to assist with those affected by the flooding over the Fourth of July weekend.

Currently, Washington, Okaloosa, Walton, and Holmes Counties have requested assessment teams. Bay County is also being considered. The Department of Economic Opportunity and Emergency Support Function 18 are encouraging Northwest Florida business owners who have incurred losses due to the July 2013 flooding to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey form. To access the form, click here.

The results of this survey will be beneficial in determining the economic impact of the flooding and the additional resources required to help affected businesses and communities recover.

CBC Public Bulletin

US Customs and Border Protection has released a bulletin requesting applications for a Centralized Examination Station (CES) operating contractor for a facility in the Port of Panama City, Florida. The CES operator assists with movement of cargo within Port Panama City and provides competitive service to the trade community. 

More information about the facility is attached. Applications will be accepted until September 6, 2013. Public comments are also encouraged and will be accepted until August 7.



Florida House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Representative

Florida Senate - Click here to find and contact your Senator

United States House of Representatives - Click here to find and contact your Congressman

Senators of the United States Congress - Click here to find and contact your Senator



If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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