Friday morning was a celebration as city officials open the third City Hall building in Panama City’s history.
February 23, 1909 is the day Panama City became incorporated. Just one day before the city turns 110, they officially opened its newest city hall building.
“It makes a statement to say we are committed to revitalizing downtown,” said Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki.
During a ceremony, Mayor Brudnicki along with the city’s commissioners, other officials and residents gathered to celebrate the new building, known by a different name.
“I was very impressed when I heard that, the gentleman that gave us the tour said, it’s the people’s house,” said Panama City resident, Anita Thomas.
Mayor Brudnicki said, “citizens are going to be using this building. We’re going to have meeting rooms in this building. This building is going to be kind of a town center for people to able to come and use the services here.”
After the ceremony, residents were able to take a tour around the building.
Bob Daffin said, “I remember the old Sears building but to come in here and see this place and what they’ve done to it is just fantastic. The citizens of Panama City and Bay County have a lot to be proud of.”
City Manager, Mark McQueen said, “because of the storm, we have a blank slate and we have shown that we are resilient and that we are ready to build this city bigger, better stronger.”