Vision for the Beach

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The last time the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce held their vision conference was four years ago. Officials say it was time to do it again.

Debi Knight of the Chamber of Commerce says, “We have a new county commission board, new city officials and with all the challenges that are facing Bay County and Panama City Beach, it was time to bring everybody together.”

Panama City Beach Mayor Lee Sullivan, county commissioners and other civic leaders were just some of the almost 80 people that attended Thursday morning's meeting.

Their mission is to discuss where to find 5,000 to 6,000 hospitality workers needed for the 14,000 condominium units expected to open this year. Also, where will they live, and how to get them to and from work. It’s no easy task, but many said the meeting was beneficial.

“I think dialogue was opened up between the city, council and different chambers.”

Mike Thomas, County Commissioner, says, “Try to see what we can do about some affordable housing, transportation to make things a little easier.”

Lee Sullivan, PCB Mayor, says, “That group of people in there, and collectively, and the people they will influence can solve almost any problem I know, but it's not going to be easy.”

The hope is for these leaders to take these issues back to their respective organizations and work to find solutions.