Panama City Beach arrests 11 people in sweep for illegally camping overnight on the beach

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida — Panama City Beach is cracking down on people who illegally camp on the beach overnight.

The Panama City News Herald ( ) reports police have arrested 11 people violating a city ordinance.

One man arrested in an early morning sweep of beach campers told the newspaper that both undercover and uniformed officers arrested him and others who were sleeping near a beach pier. The man said authorities also took his dog to an animal shelter.

The city law prohibits people from sleeping in public areas from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says complaints from residents prompted police to act.

Camping on the beach is a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine between $300 and $500. If the person has prior arrests, it can cost much more.

Information from: The (Panama City, Florida) News Herald,

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