Tuesday afternoon city leaders and residents got to take a stroll for the first time over the waters of Watson Bayou in Millville. The new fishing pier provides one of the only public access points to the water.
"It's fantastic especially with all these people out here," said Glenn Ravan, the Vice Chairman of the Millville Community Alliance. "I am tickled to death.
"I love this."
For Commissioner John Kady, it adds a tangible measurement of the hard work done by the community and it's leaders.
"A lot of times the events and the types of activities, whether its fixing up the houses of the elderly, which is a lot that's been done in the community... you don't see that," said Kady. "But, this is a real visible sign that there is stuff going on and there are people committed in this community."
The Millville Waterfront Park is home to several events. The new fishing pier is part of phase two of the project to redevelop waterfront property in Millville.
"This is Bay County, this is Panama City, this is Millville," said Commissioner Kady. "And it's all about the water and the proximity to it."
"This is a really good start for the park," said Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki. "People can come out and enjoy this and come out and walk up and down the pier.
"Even if you don't fish you can throw a cast net off of here and it's deep enough."
And for Ravan this pier means progress for those who call Millville home.
"[There's] a lot of good people here," said Ravan. "A lot of good people that have been sort of passed over in the past and it's not going to be like that anymore."