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Kiwanis Club Holds Forum for Panama City Ward 4 Candidates

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Wednesday, the three candidates vying for Panama City's Ward 4 commission seat had a forum during a Kiwanis Club meeting at the St. Andrews Yacht Club.

Each candidate was asked to answer a series of questions by moderator Bobby Roberts. One of the hottest topics on the list? The marina project and lighthouse.

"There are many opinions regarding the building lighthouse and upgrading the marina so that it should become a destination," said Roberts. "What should the city do, if anything, to make the travel to the marina more pleasant and attractive to the visitors?"

"I would have public transportation bring them in and, again, our police department should be there to meet them," said Les Nelson, Ward 4 Candidate. "And I'm a little worried about them raising the $250,000 that was promised.

"Remember that Red Pine promised us a deal and we are still waiting for that money back."

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"One is how to we get there and I think that's signage," said Incumbent Ward 4 Commissioner Mike Nichols. "We need to be able to make sure we can get out tourists, the 25-26 thousand people inside Panama City. We need to make sure our tourists have an opportunity to be able to get there.

"Going right through the middle of downtown you've got to improve that process, you've got to get the businesses involved to fix up their facades, you've got to put businesses in there to make it more attractive."

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"You have to close your eyes and think about when you come down off the Hathaway bridge and you look at all of what's there now or what's not there now," said Ward 4 Candidate James Pic. "House of Chan is gone, Canopy's is gone.

"If all these areas were rebuilt and we had business all the way down that corridor and there was a reason for people to keep their right blinker on the entire time, and not have to pass through that blight so get downtown, that's where we need to start."

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Early voting lasts until Friday from 8 o'clock am to 5 o'clock PM at the Bay County Government Center on 11th street in Panama City. Tuesday, April 16th is election day and the last day to place your vote for municipal election in Ward 4.