Panama City Commission

Panama City Mayor Lauren DeGeorge wants city commissioners to consider adopting eight-year term limits.

Presently, the mayor serves a two-year term, and commissioners serve 4-year terms. But, there is no limit on the number of terms they can serve, as long as the voters keep electing them.

Mayor DeGeorge says term limits would ensure new blood flows into city government, but Tuesday night some commissioners said there's already a process in place to change the commission. One of those was Ward Two Commissioner Jonathan Wilson.

“Term limits, I think we have terms limits. Every four years we have an election. People speak. If they want us we're there, if not we're gone. We've got term limits."

By the way, each of the city commissioners has served at least ten years.

In other business, commissioners decided not to oppose upgrading the Panama City Crayfish from a "species of concern" to a "threatened species."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are trying to upgrade the crayfish's status. Commissioners say they will wait to respond until wildlife officials release their final study.

Part of that study suggests improved wetland areas to encourage growth of the crayfish habitat, but City Manager Ken Hammons is concerned protecting the wetland will hinder development and create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Fish and Wildlife officials will release the final study in two weeks.


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