Land for the Library

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Panama City commissioners nixed a proposal to buy the building where the Bay County Public Library now stands. Instead, the city is throwing around an idea that would donate city land to the county so they could build a new public library.

Panama City leaders say they want to help the county create a public library that meets everyone's satisfaction whether that means the county decides to extend their lease with the city or move to another site.

City commissioners were opposed to a proposal by Mayor Gerry Clemmons to buy the library building because the county's lease is up in eight years and the city would own the building anyways.

Now, a new idea pitched by Commissioner John Pilcher would give the county city land off of Balboa Avenue next to the walking park where the old Department of Transportation work yard once operated.