Future of Downtown Panama City

Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 7:01 PM CST
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Downtown Panama City took a hit during Hurricane Michael, but officials with the Downtown Improvement Board say they see a bright future ahead for the area.

Downtown shop owners have been working hard since the hurricane to get their stores fully operational.

The DIB has also started working with the Community Redevelopment Agency for a sign grant, so businesses that no longer have their names out front can once again be easily recognized.

But now more than ever, DIB officials are encouraging people to shop small.

"By shopping small, not just on a Saturday with some fabricated holiday, but literally focusing on our local community and how just doing what we do every day, if we normally go out to lunch one day a week, well, try to find a local restaurant that you can help people, keep people employed," said the Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Board Deric Freeman.

All restaurants in Downtown Panama City are open aside from "The Place" which sustained severe damage.