PANAMA CITY, Fla. – City of Panama City employees used their Saturday to help clean the local marina.

It was all part of an effort to get the marina ready to host the annual ‘Salute to Freedom’ event on July 4th.

Over seventy people showed up to pick up debris and other items left behind by the storm.

The boat ramp at the marina has already reopened and on July 8th contractors will begin the work of repairing the rest of the marina. 

City manager, Mark McQueen, says volunteering is a way for the city to show its appreciation for residents.

“We love to come, it’s our gateway to the bay and certainly the Gulf of Mexico and the marina has a special place in the heart of this city and so what we want to do was give back to that very special place we have here in Panama City.”

Since Hurricane Michael, over thirty thousand bags of trash have been collected in the city as a part of the ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ initiative.