Bay County and Panama City Plan Beneficial "Swap"

By: Sandra Osborne Email
By: Sandra Osborne Email

A new inter-local agreement between Bay County and Panama City means we'll soon see the widening of Jenks Avenue and construction beginning on the addition to the courthouse.

To get the necessary funding, the county and city had a little bit of a swap.

The county is giving Panama City some property on 6th Street and Mulberry Avenue and $500,000 dollars for the widening of Jenks Avenue.

The city is giving the county $300,000 per year for the next four years towards the bond to help fund the construction at the courthouse.

Negotiations caused a little disagreement, but both sides are allowing their city and county managers to come to the final terms.

"The financial part of it, the most important part of it, about the land swap and the money for Jenks Avenue, we unanimously voted for. So, I would hope that this would rectify any of those issues that were brought up before," said Panama City's Mayor Greg Brudnicki to commissioners.

"Jenks goes in the city and the county and it really needs some attention and we hope to be able to give it some much needed attention and money," said Bay County Commissioner George Gainer.

Gainer says construction and road-widening could start as early as this summer.

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