We bought our house on 30A roughly 10 years ago, and it’s always bothered me that we have a Panama City Beach address, even though we live in Walton County. We live to the west of Rosemary, Seacrest and even Alys Beach, yet when I describe our location, I always find myself apologizing for the Panama City Beach thing.
I mean not to disparage Panama City, but after all, we did pay for Walton County real estate, and we pay Walton County taxes, and any service or repairs that are needed are priced at Walton County rates. Yet, because we live east of Seagrove, we have a Bay County mailing address.
So, after all this time, I decided to call the U.S. Postal Service in Panama City and ask them about it.
I didn’t take his name, but clearly the guy who handled my inquiry was enjoying my discomfort. He told me that this was a historical decision made before the eastern end of County Road 30A was developed. I asked him whether there were any plans to change the postal address at our end of the beach. He said, “Fat chance!"
I asked him whether I, as a concerned citizen with “Santa Rosa Beach Envy," could do anything about it. He laughed maniacally, and said, “Good luck. St. Joe tried and failed." I said “you mean there’s nothing I can do about this Panama City Beach address?” He said, “Sure! Move on down the road!”
I’m glad to know the USPS listens to the concerns of its customers. Now, about those Saturday deliveries.
Panama City Beach