Separating Church, Booze and School in St. Andrew

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PANAMA CITY-- Panama City commissioners heard the first reading of the plan that would eliminate a 500-foot buffer between bars, and churches and schools, for a specific section of St. Andrew.

Commissioners approved the same move for Downtown Panama City two years go.

While there hasn't been a surge of new bars, established owners say business has increased.

Supporters predict the proposal will do the same for St. Andrew.

"We have a lot of people that visit. A lot of tourists that visit and so any time you eliminate some barriers, you bring tourists to the area, it's a good opportunity," said Mike Nichols, Panama City Commissioner.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the proposal at the end of the month.