Bay County

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Bay County is named for the St. Andrews Bay which lies along the southern boundary of the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Washington County and Jackson County

E – Calhoun County and Gulf County

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Walton County


Created:  April 24, 1913                         Map of Florida highlighting Bay County

County Seat:

Panama City  1913 – present


County Courthouse – Panama City 


Location:  300 East 4th Street / Mackenzie Avenue

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  S J Welch

Contractor:  Dobson and Oliver


Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Panama City. The north front has a large portico supported by four large white colored columns which rise to a header at the top of the third story. There is stone trim around the entrance. Along the west side are large arched windows on the second story with a peaked roof above. The building was damaged by fire in 1920 and was repaired. The contractor was Sartain, Dobson & Reece. In 1978 the building was remodeled and a new addition added on the south side. The architect was Bayne Collins AIA and the contractor was Hobbs Construction & Development Inc.


History:  The county was created in 1913 and Panama City was selected as the county seat. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county.




County Courthouse – Panama City



















Photos taken 2009