Resident input wanted for future design plans
Panama City commissioners are trying something new to see what locals envision for the city.
Last year a charrette process was done for Downtown Panama City.
On Tuesday, commissioners approved a new contract to do the same thing. More than $1 million has been allocated to use for improvements in the Millville, Glenwood, and St. Andrews areas of town.
City leaders tell us these meetings will allow residents to talk to design experts to try to see if their ideas could work.
"The artists will quickly draw that up and say, 'Is this what you're talking about?' and, 'No I'm talking about this,' and they can do quick modifications to the thought that the person has in their mind so that we can get it on paper. Then what happens is they take all of these collective drawings and they start synthesizing it together for a common vision and view for that community," said City Manager Mark McQueen.
McQueen says the city has not set dates yet for these meetings, but tells us the meetings will be heavily advertised once those dates are chosen.