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Lynn Haven to Start Looking for New City Manager

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It's been nearly a month since former City Manager of Lynn Haven, John Lynch, passed away.

Tuesday, the commission decided that it was time to start the search for a replacement.

Since Lynch's passing, Public Works Director, Bobby Baker, has been filling in as interim city manager.

They initially brought up the topic at the city workshop meeting, Monday, where commissioners discussed potential salary ranges for the position.

Mayor Kelley felt the original range was too high, with the maximum at $156,000.

The commission eventually agreed to advertise the salary range as $90,000 to $140,000.

They unanimously voted tonight to approve those changes.. And send out the job listing to multiple outlets.

"I think a good salary is what we were paying our city manager that has passed away, 110 thousand dollars. That's a good salary for this city. I have to look out for the tax payer who is paying the bill," said Mayor Walter Kelley.

Also in Lynn Haven, construction has begun at the iconic old Taj Palace restaurant on Highway 77.

The restaurant has plans to get a completely new look as it becomes an Asian inspired restaurant, called Tokyo.

Plans for the restaurant include a sit-down style menu and a full service bar.

The opening date is expected sometime around the first of the new year.

Mayor Kelley said they are looking forward to the new dining option and joked that more competition doesn't hurt.

The commission also granted the construction company who is responsible for the Highway 77 sidewalk project, a 39-day extension to complete the task.

The extension will be at no additional cost to the city.

The project is running behind due to the overwhelming amount of rain during the 4th of July.