At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29 the Bay County Veterans Council and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners will host the annual Memorial Day observance at Kent Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City.

The ceremony is a tribute to the men and women who have served our great nation and have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

Bill Gobat, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and the guest speaker will Cmdr. Douglas W. Huggan, commanding officer, Naval Support Activity-Panama City.

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Co-op accepting Master Gardener applications

Co-op accepting Master Gardener applicationsUF/IFAS Extension Bay County is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Applications are due June 6.

The training course is scheduled to begin in September 2017. Class will meet every Thursday for 10 weeks from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Office at 2728 E. 14th St., Panama City. Master Gardeners are dedicated individuals who train in horticulture under Extension faculty. After training, they serve as volunteers in the community communicating research-based gardening information and the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

For more information, contact Julie McConnell between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 850-784-6105 or via email at juliebmcconnell@ufl.edu.
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FEMA revising flood maps

FEMA revising flood mapsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of revising the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, otherwise known as flood maps, for the entire Bay County area. While the dates are subject to change, the public notice and appeal phase is projected to begin in late September. Final adoption of effective maps is currently projected for early 2019. The Northwest Florida Management District is also working as a technical partner with FEMA on this project. You can find the project schedule on their web portal at http://portal.nwfwmdfloodmaps.com/schedules.html.

To view the current draft flood maps to see if a property will potentially be affected by these revisions, visit Bay County's flood information Web page at the link below.

For more information, please contact Wayne Porter, Bay County Floodplain Manager at (850) 248-8250 or wporter@baycountyfl.gov.
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