The old FHP building stands where it has stood for years -- overlooking St. Andrews bay on U.S. 98 in Panama City. But on May 30, 2002, it stood alone. Gone were the employees and equipment. Gone were the U.S. and FHP flags.
The FHP’s Troop A Headquarters has moved to a new and more convenient location just north of Panama City off U.S. 231 on County Road 2321. The realization of a new Florida Highway Patrol Station in Panama City didn’t just happen overnight; it was a combination of many people working together to fulfill an important need. The construction of the new Headquarters was one of the last official acts of retired Troop A Commander, Major Jimmy C. Wright. He, along with State Representative Allan Bense, Gulf Coast Community College President Bob McSpadden, and several officials from the St. Joe Paper Company, spent many hours getting things just right to make the new station a reality.
The result of all this cooperation and hard work is a brand new facility sitting on 5 acres. The 15,000 square foot station has a large classroom, exercise room, an evidence room, and dedicated space for arresting & booking suspects-- all in a brand new roomy, modern, and comfortable workplace.