Panama City Beach leaders talk about new website, budget amendments and more

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach city leaders approved a budget amendment to meet the terms of city manager Tony O'Rourke's contract.

City leaders showcased Panama City Beach's 50 Year Anniversary logo to celebrate the city's history. City leaders also announced their plans to build a new website. (WJHG/WECP)

Last year the city entered into an agreement to make former city manager Mario Gisbert Mexico Beach's part-time city administrator while he served as assistant to the city manager of Panama City Beach and split his pay between the two cities.

Gisbert accepted a full-time job with Mexico Beach last month before his contract ended with Panama City Beach. Now Mexico Beach is paying the city $15,000 to offset the difference for Gisbert's services.

"Our prior city manager was offered a full-time job there. He was able to start sooner there so therefore another $15,000 came back to our budget. So it was money we're making back,” said Panama City Beach Councilman Hector Solis.

Council Member Hector Solis said the money will be used to meet the terms off O'Rourke's contract. City leaders also showcased Panama City Beach's 50 Year Anniversary logo to celebrate the city's history. City leaders also announced their plans to build a new website.

"What we envision is an enhanced website as far as content, the appearance, the navigation and the search engine optimization,” said O’Rourke.

City leaders say the new site will contain feedback surveys for citizens and employees and will be mobile device friendly.

They also say they plan to hold a 50th anniversary celebration on August 7th.

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