Hurricane Michael tore through the city of Lynn Haven not only damaging homes and businesses but the city’s government buildings. Now four months later, plans for a new and improved government center are in the works.
Though completley gutted, the old Lynn Haven city hall stands tall after Hurricane Michael. The building was built in the 1920’s and has housed jail cells, a fire department and other city functions for decades. City leaders are now considering turning it into a museum to showcase Lynn Haven’s history.
“It’s a testament to the storm. It held up so we want to make sure it’s preserved,” said city manager Michael White.
The Lynn Haven Commission Chambers building and Police Department were not so fortunate. Both buildings are being demolished and the lot cleared. City manager Michael White said the city is exploring the idea of constructing a two or three story building that would be home to the Lynn Haven police department, city administration and a chamber for commission meetings. The plans are still in the early phases. The city will host workshops to get input from the community.
“A lot of people want us to build back to the Florida, Spanish, style the old city hall is, that’s how everyone knows the city of Lynn Haven so I imagine a lot of concepts wall be built off that,” said White.
Currently city employees are operate out of the city’s service center. The police department is displaced as well with the 9-1-1 center in a camper at Sheffield Park.