Panama City Beach alcohol ban starts Thursday

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — The start of March tomorrow means an end to drinking on the white sandy beaches as the Spring Break laws take effect for the season.

Law enforcement officials have warned that like in years past there will be “zero tolerance.”

In 2017, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Panama City Beach Police Department combined arrested 168 people for drinking alcohol on the beach in March. 

Most of the arrests were of people in their 20s, though 48 were under the legal age to drink alcohol. But some people upward of 30 also were charged with possessing alcohol on the beach. 

Most cases were quickly resolved with a $200 payment and a 90-day agreement to not break the law. 

Here are eight other Panama City Beach Spring Break ordinances that will also go into effect tomorrow. 

1. No possession or consumption of alcohol in commercial parking lots. 

2. All alcohol sales end at 2 a.m. through the month of March. 

3. No open house parties. 

4. Parking in a closed business parking lot is prohibited. 

5. Overnight scooter rental is not permitted. 

6. It is illegal to climb, jump from or throw things from balconies. 

7. Parking is prohibited on unmarked or unpaved portions of the road after dark. 

8. Metal shovels are not permitted on the beach, and any holes dug in the sand should not be deeper than 2 feet.

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