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Panama City hotels still working to come back online

Destination Panama City officials tell us 19 hotels are back online, before the storm the area had 32. (WJHG/WECP)
Destination Panama City officials tell us 19 hotels are back online, before the storm the area had 32. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 2, 2020 at 4:56 PM CST
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Panama City hotels took a blow from Hurricane Michael.

Destination Panama City officials tell us 19 hotels are now back online, but before the storm the area had 32.

But some of the hotels open today are still suffering from the storm.

Officials tell us many don't have all the rooms open for use or fully functioning amenities, and there's another problem lodging partners are facing.

"There is a shortage of employees to run them. A lot of people that used to be seven days a week are you know six and five days a week right now. So until more in the community really stabilizes, we won't see a full return of those things," said Jennifer Vigil with Destination Panama City.

Vigil also says many hotels are full since people don't have many options.

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