After years of planning and discussion, Panama City commissioners are on the verger of actually beginning an ambitious project they hope will revitalize downtown Panama City.
They'll begin accepting bids February 14 on the first phase of the downtown marina renovation project.
"We're really moving forward and so excited because we've been working on this things for nearly two years," said Panama City Community Redevelopment Agency director, William Whitson. "We're gonna have a groundbreaking ceremony, if all goes well, in late March."
Plans include a multimillion dollar repair of the marina's bulkhead and making multiple changes to the layout of the marina, but the real work won't start for several months.
"This summer, we'll swing around and get the seawall and then the marina part gets going mid-summer," Whitson said. "The lighthouse gets under construction with the splash pad and the community building and we're really gonna get rocking and rolling this summer."
City officials say their goal is to create an attraction that will draw people to the downtown area and they have the same goal for the St. Andrews Marina where they cleared the way for a new farmer's market.
"We're real excited that St. Andrews is gonna continue to have a market for the citizens of Bay County," said Panama City commission Mike Nichols.
The farmer's market will launch March 2 at 8 am and last until 1 pm.