Voter Registration

Voter registration can be done at the Bay County Supervisor of Elections Office, local libraries, driver’s license offices, or completed/printed online and mailed in. You may register to vote if you are a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of Bay County, 18 years of age or older, in possession of your civil rights, and not currently adjudicated mentally incompetent. You can pre-register on or after your 17th birthday, or upon receipt of a valid Florida driver’s license, whichever occurs first. Florida is a closed primary state; voter registration must be completed 29 days prior to any election. If you are interested in becoming an Election Worker, applications are available at the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Supervisor of Elections
Mark Andersen
830 W. 11th St.
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 784-6100


Bay County recycles primarily through the Bay County Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facility. Almost all household and commercial waste collected curbside within Bay County is processed at the WTE facility, and is converted into electrical energy, so the majority of Bay County residents participate in recycling and do not even realize it.

The facility produces enough electrical power each year to power thousands of homes. The WTE combustion process is recognized by the State of Florida as a renewable resource, and Bay County receives recycling credits for each megawatt of power produced by the facility.

Bay County residents may also take materials to drop, buy-back or other recycling centers. For information on these centers or programs, call (850) 784-6127 or email [email protected].


Whether you are fishing for dinner or a prized trophy, we promise you will find it swimming in the waters surrounding Bay County. You can charter a boat to take you deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or fish from one of our piers and bridges. A deep-sea catch might include snapper, grouper, tuna or marlin. If you prefer freshwater fishing, cast your line into Deer Point Lake for large-mouth bass or bluegill.

All freshwater and saltwater fishing requires is you to purchase a license, except a “for hire” Charter Boat, where the license is included in the trip cost. Some ages are exempt from licensing. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information or visit

Fishing licenses are available at various marina stores, tackle shops, and from the Bay County Tax Collectors offices, substation, or online at Licenses are renewable annually and the cost varies.

FWC Phone Numbers:
Panama City Office – (850) 265-3676
Tallahassee Office – (850) 488-4676
Fishing License – (888) 347-4356 (toll free)