The City of Callaway is an urban community in Bay County, east of Panama City in the Panama City-Lynn Haven metro area. It falls in the Panhandle Region of Northwest Florida on the northern shores of East Bay on the beautiful St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This location provides a protected harbor for the port complex. This community is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by East Bay and a peninsula occupied by Tyndall Air Force Base.
Prior to the 1700s, Spanish navigators were the first recorded visitors to the area as they sought shipping ports for their supply ships along the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico . Many of the early pioneers to the area settled on what is now known as Callaway Bayou.
During the Civil War, the area was also known for its salt production. Boilers from a steamboat were cut in half and used to evaporate water from Callaway Bayou, thus leaving the salt for harvest.
Tyndall Air Force Base has been a major contributor to Callaway’s economy, with a large percentage of the residents being associated with the military installation or retired military
The city is developing many new facilities that increase its attractions to those seeking a good quality of life such as The Callaway Sports Complex / Arts & Conference Center . There are five multi-use fields for softball and baseball, two soccer fields and a football field as well as a large concession stand at the center equipped to provide a full food menu. The next major addition is a community recreation area that will include a playground, a walking track and picnic area near a pond. The complex is presently used primarily to support youth programs. The positive growth of the local economy is derived from the beneficial private/public partnerships between the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, the Cities of Panama City, Lynn Haven and Callaway, the Airport and Port Authorities that have facilitated infrastructure development and created new jobs.