News 13 calls your attention to a problem that some people face as they try to visit a major Panama City retail complex. Details in this Problem Solver report.
For those not familiar with this significant hole in the road…it is something to make you think twice about trying to maneuver. It has been a handy short cut for many Sam's Club shoppers…at least until recently. The problem is at the access road leading to the Sam's Club parking lot in the 2200 block of Frankford Avenue.
It all started at the end of February during a water main break under the road. The consequent hole filled with water. An unlucky motorist drove here Dodge pickup truck right into the hole…nose first. Thankfully, she was not injured. The water line was repaired, by a private contractor, but the road repairs have not been effective. Some drivers approach the access road only to carefully drive around the small crater…while others just don't even try. And it looks much bigger on site.
So who is responsible for fixing it properly? I spoke with management at Sam's Club. They tell me it is private property not owned by Sam's. They would also like to see the road repaired as soon as possible. I also checked with Panama City Utilities. They tell me the city has nothing to do with this issue since it is private property.
News 13 has learned that the property may be owned by a company based in Missouri. We have attempted to reach the proper officials about the road and are awaiting their response. But we wanted you to be aware of the problem. Since it will only get worse…especially in heavy rains.
News 13 will keep you updated as we receive information and hopefully a solution.