Man Illegally Running Business Housing Homeless

Panama City – A man who claims he’s trying to operate a flea market on fifteenth street is apparently housing homeless on the property he’s renting. Police can’t kick them out because the man is legally renting the property, but code enforcement is investigating.

The Panama City building looks abandoned but a man has been operating a flea market out of the back. According to a recent police report, there are a dozen people living on this property. One person who lived there stated in the police report that the place has no water or plumbing and people dug a hole in the backyard to go to the bathroom.

When we showed up people started loading trucks with items they were trying to sell and took off. It turns out the manager, Thomas West doesn’t have a business license. The manager applied for a business license but police say with the property’s current condition, it won’t be approved.

Bay County animal control also went to the property Friday and rescued two starved puppies.

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