Lynn Haven city commission halting demolition of old tax collector's building, changing meeting times

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tuesday at the Lynn Haven city commission meeting, city officials voted to stop the demolition order on the old tax collector's building at 801 Florida Avenue.

The city commission will stop the demolition order on the old tax collector's office in Lynn Haven. (WJHG/WECP)

The ordinance will open up the property to potential buyers, one of which showed up Tuesday, the Audience of One dance studio, which wished to buy the building for after their studio was destroyed by Hurricane Michael.

However, officials say they have to open up the bid to any and all potential buyers before moving forward.

Acting City Manager of Lynn Haven, Vickie Gainer said, "Once those bids come in we can award it to the person or firm who has the highest bid on that. They will be welcome to bid on that property and we'll have to look at it but we'll just have to follow proper procedures as usual."

The commission also voted to move the commission meetings to the temporary City Hall on Pennsylvania Avenue starting in September and move the second commission meeting of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. starting October 22.

Gainer added, "We thought this is the way we can reach those working moms who maybe are at home, wanting to come to commission meetings but not having the time to. Or maybe those that are working who can't get to a commission meeting but maybe want to listen online."

The commission is also moving forward with a forensic audit to look at spending from Tuesday moving backward.

Officials say they'll stop and bring the audit back before the commission when they reach $100,000 in expenses.

They say they do not yet have an auditor.

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