Gulf County is located in Florida’s Northwestern Panhandle, approximately 35 miles southeast of Panama City and approximately 100 miles southwest of Tallahassee. Although the County is predominately rural, there is a surprising diversity of life-styles and activities in this quaint, picturesque area of Florida. When you are in Gulf County, you will discover “Old Florida”, it is like stepping into a “Norman Rockwell” painting, with rustic towns and unpretentious gracious folks are what visitors find along with some of the most exciting outdoor excursions, our state has to offer!!!
Port St. Joe is the largest city of Gulf County and the county seat. This small coastal deep water port community is rich in both history and resources. Known as “The Constitution City”, Port St. Joe lives in history books because it was here in 1838 that delegates from all counties in Territorial Florida assembled to draft. Florida’s first State Constitution. In fact this document was the basis of Florida government until the Civil War. Our present constitution (1885) embodies the basic plan and many of the provisions of the first Constitution that was drafted and signed in Port St. Joe.