Mesothelioma: The case of Panama City, Florida

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 2:09 pm    


Panama City is located on the Florida Panhandle, along the Emerald Coast that is bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The area was initially populated by Native Americans. Panama City became incorporated into a city in 1909.

Panama City Seal

Panama City Seal

It experienced rapid growth with the introduction of the railways into the city and thereafter businessmen began promoting the value of the city’s land. Early on the city’s economy consisted of mainly of oranges, lemons and grapefruits, but lumber was the backbone of the economy at the time. As a result, the Saint Andrews Bay Lumber Company built a sawmill in the city and became the major employer at the time. In 1931 Southern Kraft Corporation, a subsidiary of the International Paper Company, invested and opened a paper mill in the city.

World War II transformed the city into a thriving seaport. In January 1941, Tyndall Air Force Base opened and off duty military staff were drawn to the beachfront of the city. Many of these military personnel returned to make the city their home in later years. War time also brought about the founding of a naval base in the area. This naval base was eventually developed into Naval Coastal Systems.

Asbestos and Panama City

Panama City has many job sites where asbestos exposure occurred. Such job sites include the Smith Power Plant.

Other job sites that have been identified as having asbestos containing materials and which have exposed a number of people to asbestos and asbestos related illnesses are:

  • A C Littleton Inc.
  • Nuclear Power Products Company
  • Panama City Oil Depot
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company
  • Dial Office Building, Cordona Mall
  • South Central Bell Telephone Company
  • Residual Fuel Oil Terminal
  • Gulf Power Company Ansino Smith Steam Plant Unit 2
  • Panama City Shipyards
  • International Paper Company
  • Panama City Mill

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Vinson Law Office for assistance with your claim.

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