This year the Panama City Marina will see more than $13 million in improvements. From a lighthouse, to a downtown civic plaza, and even a new sea wall. Many at the groundbreaking Thursday called this project the rebirth of downtown, highlighting Panama City's nautical history.
All five Panama City Commissioners attended the ceremony near the naval memorial. With shovel in hand all members moved dirt to prepare for the three phase construction project about to take place.
The Bay High Million Dollar Band provided music just as they did 30 years ago at the ribbon cutting at the post office in 1938.
Commissioner John Kady said this project is just a further indication of the city's commitment towards revitalization.
"It means we are started," said Kady. "We are committed. So, it's been a long time coming.
"We've been talking about this latest project for 20 years in the city so it's a commitment that we are ready to go."
"It's a starting point for us and we can watch it grow and build from here," said Commissioner Mike Nichols. "And I think when you are doing that it just creates that excitement.
"I saw the chamber of commerce here today and they are celebrating their 100 year anniversary and so this is just all part of a bigger picture."
Construction is set to start as early as this summer on the first phases of the project.