Marina Redevelopment Project Moves Forward but Not Without Protests

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - On Tuesday the Panama City commissioners decided to move forward with the controversial marina redevelopment project, but not before hearing from the public.

"The current proposed development really feels like a scam," said Panama City resident Diane Bateman. 

A Panama City marina redevelopment meeting was met with dozens of protestors who voiced their concern with the project. 

"We do want repairs. We do want development on a reasonable scale, but what we don't want is an outside developer to take it from us for 75 years," said Panama City Resident Belinda Legg.

Inside, the commission heard from many people who strongly supported the project and those who did not. 

"Conventions could come here. That's going to provide money for the city, so I'm just in total support of this," said Panama City Resident Dr. Russell Wright Sr.. 

The commission voted to extend the date to October 22nd when the developer must present a letter of intent. They also decided to move forward with a feasibility study. 

"Obviously we are still tweaking the plan. It's a concept. But the only way to know if it's possible, how probable it would be for this to happen, is that we have to move forward with the feasibility study," said Mayor Greg Brudnicki. 

By the end of the meeting it was clear the majority of the community was supportive of revitalization but more detailed information is needed.

"Once people really get all of the information, the proper information, the correct information, people are going to get on board but right now there is a lot of misinformation being given because people don't know. The feasibility study will take care of getting rid of that," said Wright.

Mayor Brudnicki says there will likely be more public workshops in the future so that the commission can hear from locals throughout the process. The feasibility study will be paid for by the developers.  

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