Controversy over proposed multi-use path in Panama City

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A proposed multi-use path in Panama City is stirring up some controversy.

Panama City leaders have talked about creating a path from the St. Andrews Marina to the Panama City Marina and have it connect by using 10th or 11th street.

A multi-use path is like a sidewalk but 8-12 feet wide and no motorized vehicles would be allowed on it.

We were able to talk to local business owner Brad Stephens who seemed excited about the proposed path, although the people that would be living along the route are not too excited about it.

"The neighborhoods that are against it start using it, their property values surge, everybody's health improves because they're out and meeting their neighbors, they're getting exercise and it's just a fantastic thing for the community," said Stephens.

But the concerns of the people living along 10th Street are not something that Panama City Commissioner Jenna Haligas has taken lightly.

"I don't want just quality of life for some people and not others so those that live on the 10th Street route, I care about their quality life too, so that weighs in heavy on what we decide to do to get community involvement and figure out which route is best," said Commissioner Haligas.

We reached out to the members of the community who were not in favor of this project but we received no response from them.

A meeting will be held on this topic Monday, July 16th at 5:30 in the Oakland Terrace Park Clubhouse.