Buddy Tyson started the neighborhood watch on his street in Panama City more than 20 years ago.
At Tuesday nights commission meeting, the Panama City City Commission voted to name the very park he started his neighborhood watch after Mr. Bobby Tyson for his work in the community. Panama city Police Chief Scott Ervin is familiar with Mr. Tyson and says he's deserving of this honor.
"He is definitely deserving of any kind of recognition," said Ervin. "We gave him an award as a department about a year ago for his efforts and so forth.
"He was very prolific again in his neighborhood watch and very active in the community in trying to address any concerns from a neighborhood perspective."
Mr. Tyson has earned the respect of neighbors and others near the Oak Hammock drive community. In fact, it was his neighbors who initially approached the commission about naming Oak Hammock park after Mr. Tyson. The commission voted unanimously to change the park to Bobby Tyson park.
Also at Tuesdays meeting the commission approved a condition use permit for a property in Millville off Watson Bayou across from Cactus Avenue.
The property currently sits vacant and is home to several derelict vessels. Developers plan to start construction of dry docks and medical offices within the next 60 days.
"During the property boom there was a lot of discussion about great things happening on the water front over there and everything kind of just peadered out," said Commissioner John Kady. "Now we are starting to see some things come back and there is an incredible need in the community for dry storage of boats, I hear that all the time, and to have it in Millville and on the waterfront is great."
The commission also proposed a millage rate of 3.8723. A rollback rate for the city. The commission will vote to approve this rate during a special meeting in the upcoming weeks.