The race for Panama City mayor is heating up with another person throwing their hat in the ring, Lynne Schneider announcing her candidacy.
Schneider hosting a kick-off event and town hall-style meeting earlier this afternoon at the Saint Andrews Civic Club.
It was a chance for voters to get to known Schneider and ask questions about what she plans to do if elected mayor.
Schneider says community involvement is a cornerstone of her campaign.
Her first change as mayor would be to change the time of city council meetings to a time that would allow for more people to participate.
“I want people to get excited. I think being involved in politics– how great is that? That you can actually have a voice. That somebody– I want to hear them, I want them to be involved. I want that, it’s so critical for us. I want to know, I want a community that every single person can go. ‘I did a part of that,’“ said Lynne Schneider, the Panama City Mayoral Candidate.
Schneider would also like to help Panama City form its own individual identity separate from Panama City Beach as it rebuilds from Hurricane Michael to ensure it can maintain sustainable growth. “We’re not the beach and I think if we try and become the beach and depend exclusively on tourism that’s not going to work so well for us,” said Schneider.
In order to address the lack of housing after the hurricane and to combat urban sprawl, Schneider plans to update the zoning codes for Panama City to a multiuse paradigm characterized by the phrase ‘Live, Work, Play.’ Structures built using this design philosophy would provide a convenience for residents, while also be friendlier for those with limited transportation or those who rely on ridesharing services, such as Lyft or Uber.
Schneider has a background in computer science and would like to attract high tech jobs to the area.
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