Town hall meeting discusses Panama City’s future

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Panama City officials and city planners along with members of the community have been working for the last two weeks on their plans to bring the city back after Hurricane Michael.
On Friday,
a meeting was held at Government Center to discuss all the plans that have been drafted in the last couple weeks.
Citizens came out to hear how all of their ideas and input throughout several town hall meetings, design sessions and group discussions will be used to rebuild Panama City.

 Key items in the draft included rebuilding downtown, increasing housing, expanding waterfront access, and building up the tree canopy across the city.
Mark McQueen, the City Manager for Panama City, says he is excited to see all of these ideas come together.
“There is a real hope that Panama City will become the premiere city in the panhandle,” said McQueen. 
He said funding for all the potential new projects will come from a variety of sources, including federal, state and local monies.

The draft is expected to be completed in the next couple of months, and city officials say they hope the final presentation of the long-term recovery plan will happen around September.
Another meeting will be held Saturday, June 22nd, for all the citizens who were not able to attend Friday’s session. For more information on what was discussed at the meeting as well as the meetings that were held in the past week,  click here.

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