Panama City - A Mysterious ad ran in the News Herald Tuesday. The headline said "Whose beach is it?" and encouraged people to vote in the Panama City Beach city elections.
Although it was not written on the ad, Newschannel 7 found out that Jack Bishop, the owner of a few beach restaurants, paid for it. He said he wanted the ad to show people that Tuesday's election was not about businesses versus the residents. He said it was a matter of progress versus what he called a downward spiral. Bishop, who supported Mayor Gayle Oberst and Councilman Rick Russell, said those candidates know what it takes to grow our destination community.
In the ad he stated that neither the residents or the businesses own the beach and that their renourishment is paid for with federal, state and local bed tax funds. He says starting a debate between business and the residents was just a campaign tactic.
"I think that it is just a ploy and a couple people that want to get elected that they're going to try and get the residents to vote against something...it's impossible. We can't survive that way. We need the businesses for the city to survive," Bishop said.
In the ad, he even made a Bidawee Beach gate reference saying this election is about moving forward rather than putting up "a fence against progress.