MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – In a unanimous vote, Mexico Beach city council members approved hiring former Panama City Beach City Manager, Mario Gisbert, as their City Administrator Tuesday.
Back in November, Gisbert started assisting Mexico Beach three days a week following the death of that city’s City Administrator, Andy Anderson.
“You wake up and you think, you have got to help,” Gisbert said.
He shortly thereafter became the Interim City Administrator.
He is set to start full-time February 7th. His contract states he’ll make $90,0000 a year.
“The biggest thing we have is rebuilding Mexico Beach back to the way it was before. And basically the city has taken that effort on like a bull,” Gisbert said. He added that over the past 15 months the city rebuilt its sewer system, cleaned away mountains of debris, restored the beach dunes and dredged the city’s canal.
“This is not a sprint What we’ve gone through has been the sprint,” Gisbert said. “I hate to say that it is not even a marathon because a marathon is only 27 miles. This is an iron man. This is a three-mile swim, this is a hundred-mile bike trip and it’s a 27-mile running course.”
Gisbert added that he is planning for a long haul. In his time at Panama City Beach the city completed several large facility projects. The same work, rebuilt and storm hardened facilities, new parks, and other work is now required in his new job.
“So we’re focused on rebuilding Mexico Beach back to the way it was but stronger,” Gisbert said.