Many hoping to get Panama City featured on new HGTV show

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many businesses, stores and other places in Panama City are still in rough shape, more than a year after Hurricane Michael hit.

A number of residents are looking to make Panama City the leading role on a new HGTV show to give the community a face lift. (WJHG/WECP)

"Actually it's a little sadder today now that things have grown up around things and now there is trash and there are holes in the buildings that are still there,” said Bay County resident Julie Gordon.

A number of residents are looking to make Panama City the star on a new HGTV show to give the community a face lift.

"It would add so much to the city if we could get this going in several areas,” said Bay County resident Cathy Stevens.

"It's spectacular. It sparks hope. It sparks positive needs,” said Gordon.

The network is planning a new TV show - Hometown Takeover. The show is geared towards updating and renovating small towns. Several people in our area say they have sent in applications to HGTV to consider areas like Millville, Glenwood and downtown Panama City.

"Having seen the work Home and Garden TV has done in the past it's so interesting how they work with historical buildings, so much of our area has a rich history,” said Stevens.

"Downtown is just perfect. There are single family homes right around there, right in the Cove. McKenzie Park could definitely use a facelift,” said Gordon.

The city is planning to apply as well.

"I think we're definitely a qualified candidate, has to be a city under 40,000, we qualify there. We've got two or three different places that we're going to explore," said Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki.

Locals say many other cities are applying for the show and want to encourage others to send in applications to give Panama City a better chance of winning. If you would like to submit an application and learn more about the show click here.

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