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 Action Alert May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014


In light of the recent regulatory actions inflicted on the recreational anglers and fishing industry of the Gulf Coast, many are wondering what they can do about it.  Here are some suggestions:


If you are local, contact Representative Steve Southerland's, Senator Marco Rubio's and Senator Bill Nelson's offices to express your concern over the gross mismanagement of our Gulf's fishery by NOAA and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  Encourage expediting the measures that have been proposed by Representative Southerland to give much needed relief in this fishery.


Join the local Panhandle Chapter of the lobbying organization, Recreational Fishing Alliance, of which dues are used to lobby for the recreational anglers in Washington, D.C., for the Gulf Fishery.  For more information, contact Pam Anderson at, or get the latest information at or call 800-874-2415.


If you have friends and family who live out of this area, ask them to contact their legislators to request support for the legislation proposed by Representative Steve Southerland and Representative Doc Hastings changing the harmful regulations that are devastating the industry and preventing access to our abundant natural resources.


Below is contact information for our Representative and Senators:

Rep. Steve Southerland, II

Att:  Melissa Thompson

Deputy District Director - FL02

840 W. 11th St., Suite 2250

Panama City, FL 32401




Senator Marco Rubio

1 N. Palafox Street

Suite 159

Pensacola, FL 32502



Senator Bill Nelson

Attn: Mary Louise Hester

Regional Director/Assistant to the Chief of Staff

111 North Adams Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301


Fax:  850-942-8450



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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