Panama City leaders and locals celebrate the city's 111th anniversary
On Monday, Panama City officials celebrated the city's 111th anniversary by holding a ceremony to honor its residents and employees. Panama City officials and locals have a lot to be happy about.
Many sang "Happy Birthday" and ate cake.
"What a great time that we can gather together in friendship and fellowship and celebrate,” said Panama City's City Manager Mark McQueen.
Officials took time to recognize their employees and a local cleaning company contracted with the city, Dynasty Cleaning Services, for their service.
Officials also celebrated the one year anniversary of the city hall building, along with the community's efforts to recover from Hurricane Michael.
"Hurricane Michael, it had an opportunity to define this community, but it was the citizens who defined this community. They've overcome so much with getting their houses back up, their businesses back up and running,” said McQueen.
One former resident, Mary Zahner, donated a quilt to the city depicting how the community pulled together to recover from Hurricane Michael's devastation.
"I'm just so delighted that the city is so welcoming of the quilt. It's a memory quilt of Hurricane Michael and a sign of hopefully many good things to come for Panama City," Zahner said.
Mayor Greg Brudnicki said they still have a long way to go.
"We really want to get the lease lined up to get started with the Marina, the hotel on the marina. We really want to go into all the areas of the city and have a plan formulated for rebuilding," Brudnicki said.
The city also honored its newest and longest serving city employee by letting them cut the anniversary cake.