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Bay County Florida Logo2023 Bay County Citizens' Academy

September 25 - November 6, 2023

The Bay County Citizens Academy is an informative series of classes about the many services provided by the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. Students will learn from elected officials and county administrators about an array of topics such as the budgeting process, where we get our drinking water, what happens to our trash, how our tax dollars are spent and much, much more. The class concludes with a day-long field trip to various county facilities, including Animal Control, the Emergency Operations Center, the Bay County Gun Range and more. The county will hold a graduation ceremony for participating members during the Bay County Commission meeting at the Bay County Government Center.  

An itinerary for each session is available below. Space is limited to the first 25 people who register. Lunch and transportation are provided the day of the field trip.

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GCSC, Student Union East (SUE) 246 9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Comments from Chairman Hamm
  9:10 to 9:25 a.m. County Manager, Bob Majka - Introduction to Bay County BOCC
  9:25 to 9:45 a.m. Budget
  9:45 to 10:30 Community Development – Planning & Zoning, Builders Services and Code Enforcement
  10:30 to 11 a.m. Questions
GCSC,  Student Union East (SUE) 246 9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner Carroll
  9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Parks & Recreation
  9:30 to 9:50 a.m. Solid Waste
  9:50 to 10:10 a.m. Animal Control
  10:10 to 11 a.m. Utilities: Water and Wastewater
Bay County Government Center Chambers 9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner Moore
Traffic Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Government Center 9:10 to 10:00 a.m. Public Works – Traffic & Engineering Presentation, Questions, and Tour of Intelligent Traffic Center
Room 1030, Government Center 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. IT and GIS
  10:25 to 11 a.m. Tour library, ending in Hurricane Michael exhibit
GCSC, Student Union East (SUE) 246 9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner Pease
  9:10 to 9:30 a.m. Housing
  9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Veterans Services
  9:45 to 10:00 a.m. Transit
  10:00 to 10:15 a.m. Cooperative Extension
  10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Public Information
  10:30 to 11 a.m. Questions
GCSC, Student Union East (SUE) 246 9:00 to 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner Dozier
  9:10 to 10:15 a.m. Fire, EMS and Emergency Services
  10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Roads and Bridges and Mosquito Control
  10:45 to 11:00 a.m. Review and Closing Discussion (Possible completion of survey)
Front of Bay County Government Center 8:00 a.m. Depart for Utilities on Transmitter Road
Travel Time to Water Treatment Plant/Utilities 8:00 to 8:20 a.m.  
Water Treatment Plant/Utilities – Transmitter Road 8:20 to 9:00 a.m. Tour of Facility
Travel Time to Animal Control 9:00 to 9:15 a.m.  
Animal Control 9:15 to 9:40 a.m. Tour of Facility
Travel Time to EOC 9:40 to 10:00 a.m.  
EOC – Southport 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. Tour of Facility
Travel Time to Solid Waste/Gun Range 10:50 to 11:15 a.m.  
Steelfield Landfill 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Riding Tour of Landfill (Pick up Glenn upon arrival)
Gun Range 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Presentation by FWC in Gun Range Meeting Room, pre-arranged activity on gun range or golf cart tour and catered lunch
Travel Time to West End Fire Station 1:15 to 1:35 p.m.  
West End Fire Station 1:35 to 2:00 p.m. Tour of Fire Station
Travel Time to County Pier 2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.  
County Pier 2:20 to 2:30 p.m. Drive by County Pier (time permitting)
Travel Time Back to Government Center 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.  
Bay County Government Center Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. Ceremony recognizing the citizens who completed the Academy
For More Information
Lara Herter

Program Coordinator, Business & Community Education
Continuing Education

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