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 yellow colored brick, stone  and concrete 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 large courtroom has pale green colored walls and seats for about one hundred and fifty people. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building burned in 1920 and was repaired. In 1978 the building was remodeled. The architect was Bayne Collins AIA and the Contractor was Hobbs Construction & Development Inc.


See:  The 14th Judicial District includes Calhoun County, Gulf CountyHolmes CountyJackson County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1913 and Panama City was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1915. The courthouse was damage by fire in 1920 and was repaired.


See:  The county is located in the First Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – First Judicial District located in Tallahassee.




County Courthouse – Panama City



















Photos taken 2009