The collapse happened Sunday afternoon and many departments have responded to the scene to evaluate the damage. No one has come forward yet to take responsibility for the failed storm drain piping off of Front Beach Road, but it is drawing a lot of attention.
"I think it looks like a sink hole," said Cameron Hartung, a visitor and passerby on Panama City Beach
What looks like a sink hole is actually a storm drainage issue and while Panama City Beach water utilities have put up barricades surrounding the depression they say its not their issue.
"I thought it was pretty wild I've never really seen anything like it," said Hartung. "It kind of draws people's attention when they're coming to the beach."
"We use this road to go to the beach," said Kole Ward, a camper at Racoon River Campground where the access is cut off to the beach. "Now you can't use it by car, but we can use it by walking. It really stinks."
"It's on private property, its not on any sort of state property, its not on our right of way," said Department of Transportation spokes person Ian Satter. "It appears to be a failed pipe so the property owner would be responsible for those repairs."
Satter Says an aged storm drain may be the cause. And while the drain is not their responsibility they will continue to monitor it.
"Right now its about one hundred and thirty feet away from Front Beach Road if its continued to get closer and closer DOT would definitely try to step in. We would have to do what we have to do to prevent any damage to the road.
Bay County Public Works has also said that the depression lies on public property within Panama City Beach municipality and they will not be doing an investigation. This big problem in Panama City Beach may turn out to be a private issue.