Panama City leaders share recovery plans with community

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City is planning to come back better than ever after Hurricane Michael. Monday, city leaders kicked off their long-term recovery planning process with the help of the community.

More than 200 people showed up to Monday's meeting to share their thoughts on how to revitalize the city, including the downtown area.

Locals voted using interactive surveys and answered questions related to housing, the local economy, community planning, and other concerns. They also shared their ideas about infrastructure, persevering the city's history and sustainability.

"Be more of a sustainable type of city right here on the water. Working with agriculture. Turning into more of an eco-friendly kind of place," said Panama City resident Jeremy Bunk.

Mayor Greg Brudnicki said their focus is on safety and security, infrastructure, the economy and quality of life. Brudnicki believes focusing on these areas along with the community's input will help generate innovative ideas for the future.

"This is for the whole city. We're gonna be going through every one of the people's idea's upstairs. Highest, best use, what turns out to be feasible and we'll move on from there and come up with a plan," explained Mayor Brudnicki.

This meeting was the beginning of an eight-month-long planning process. He said they'll hold a series of intense planning meetings beginning June 17th to get more public input about recovery efforts.

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