Help Wanted

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After seven years as the executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, David Jackson watched over a complete facelift of Downtown Panama City. Jackson abruptly resigned last week with no public explanation for his decision.

Doris Brown, the owner of This and That Gift Shop, wants to know how the DIB will replace Jackson and keep the same level of energy in the revitalization of the area.

"From bringing in new business and helping the ones that are already here, to picking up the trash cans the day of the storm, to putting up the flags on Sunday, there's no way you're ever going to replace a person like that."

But John Darrah, the chairman of the DIB, says they will replace him. He wants everyone to understand the day to day work is continuing and the board already has potential candidates asking about the job.

"We'll continue the basic thrust. All the enthusiasm and everything else is still there. It isn't going to stop us."

But any change can cause some concern for those who know the success story that downtown has become.

Randy Adams, the owner of the Java Coffee Bar, says he's not too concerned, but Jackson is responsible for helping their business.

"We will miss him. He was a great source of inspiration for us when we started."

Brown agrees, but sadly admits things will change.

"Downtown is going to be ok, but it's not going to be the same. It's just not going to be the same."