Florida - Central Time

Time in Florida Panhandle

Current time now inTime Zone: America Chicago (USA Central Time)


  • Daylight Saving Time began: Sunday 8 March 2020  02:00 local time. Clocks went forward one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday 1 November 2020 02:00 local time. Clocks go back one hour.

USA and Canada past and future DST schedules here

Daylight Saving 2020

Central Time - USA & Canada

Central Standard Time ( CST ) = GMT-6

Central Daylight Time ( CDT ) = GMT-5

Florida Panhandle - Time Zones

There is an invisible line in the Florida Panhandle where the Eastern timezone bumps into Central time.

People talk about "fast time" and "slow time," fast time meaning EasternTime and slow time referring to life in the hour-behind Central Time .

On November 18, 1883, at high noon a standardized way of keeping time wasinstituted throughout North America. Still, many communities resisted thegovernment meddling with clocks and continued telling time by God's own sun.

A few years later, a Canadian civil engineer, Sanford Fleming, spiced thingsup even more by developing the concept of different time zones. A railroad man,his ambition was to help keep trains on reasonable schedules.

Florida - Fast Time & Slow Time

In Florida, the time line was established along the Apalachicola River beginning at the Georgia border. But things change near the coast.

As the time-zone line approaches the seaport town of Apalachicola , theline veers west and wraps around the town of Port St. Joe . Even thoughPort St. Joe is west of some Central time communities, it goes by Eastern Time. When Port St. Joe was a major shipping and railroad center, industryfound it more convenient to go by Eastern time.

Panama City - Florida

Panama City, Florida is located on the panhandle of northwest Floridaon beautiful St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  Panama City is known as apopular tourist location year round offering a comfortable climate and friendlyatmosphere.

Pensacola - Florida

Pensacola, Florida has 52 miles of sugar-white beaches, a 400-yearhistory, year-round festivals, outdoor adventures, and a world class aviationmuseum, as well as outstanding accommodations, facilities, and professionalservice.  Southern hospitality combined with an uncluttered coast provide youwith an ideal setting for your next vacation.

Located in the westernmost corner of Florida’s Panhandle, Pensacola’s vibrantcultural events and potpourri of restaurants, shops, and nightclubs make for amemorable vacation.

Gulf County Florida

In 1982, Gulf County voters had a chance to change their time zone toCentral. But by a 55 to 45 percent margin they decided to remain on fast time .

Gulf is the only county in Florida with two time zones. The main courthouseis in Port St. Joe with a satellite courthouse a half hour away in Wewahitchka , where time is maintained an hour slow.

Apalachicola River

State Road 71 roughly parallels the Apalachicola River. As you drive over abridge into tiny White City, the time zone changes.

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is one of very few towns in the U.S. that shares two time zones.Usually, there is a river, state line or wide open space separating two zones,but here in the small Florida panhandle town between Panama City and Tallahassee , it's only 18 feet of asphalt.

Blountstown, population 3,500, is located on the west side of the river inCentral time. On the other side of the river is Bristol, population 850, is inthe Eastern Time Zone.

Election Results

In the November 2000 US Presidential Election, voters on the Floridapanhandle, who live in the central time zone, were improperly told by televisionbroadcasters that the voting centers had closed.

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