We get your emails, letters and phone calls...asking for help with problems. Each week, We determine how best News 13 can help resolve issues of all different kinds in our community. With 2013 almost history...it is time now to review some of those Problem Solver stories from this year.
Last January, Panama City Beach resident Betty Cox told us about phone scam in our area. She got a call claiming that she had won a brand new SUV. It sounded bizarre to Betty and she did not fall for the bogus giveaway. News 13 called the number Betty gave us. But, we only got a hang up from the company. We also told you about other people around the country being approached about the same deal.
Some use it as a short cut to Old Bicycle Road…in fact, many people do. Residents told us about a problem with speeding drivers especially after a child was struck by a car. Thankfully, that child was not seriously injured. We took those concerns to the Bay County Sheriff's office and the City of Callaway. Over the course of about four days, Sheriff's officers checked the area for violators. But, it was determined the speed limit of 25 miles per hour was sufficient. Still, the residents want speed humps on their street.
Going to a movie was a whole new experience for Angela Kummer. Due to being hearing impaired, she just couldn't enjoy watching a film. That changed as we learned Regal Entertainment Group was updating their theaters with a new closed captioned system. The Panama City theater was on the list. Last spring, Angela told us the good news that she and daughter finally were able to attend a movie together.
David and Gwen Blanchard of Panama City Beach had faced the frightful uncertainty for quite some time. They told us they were facing the loss of their home to foreclosure. Then, one evening, the Blanchards saw a News 13 Problem Solver segment and decided to contact us about any possible assistance. We told them about Florida's Hardest Hit Fund and how it helps those who qualify to keep their homes. That started the process last fall. During the spring of this year, we received some great news. Gwen Blanchard told us, " there was light at the end of the tunnel." The Blanchards were able to get the help needed to keep their home.
We continued to bring you updates on a big issue for some residents in Millville living near a former waste transfer site. The owner of this former Coyote facility would not clean it up and faced several code violations. Then last May, News 13 learned that word that the Florida department of Environmental Protection would move forward with a plan. Phoenix Construction…learned the site to offset fines the company faced for other work.
Just some of our News 13 Problem Solver stories for 2013. We look forward to the coming year and doing our best to help you.