The 2014 Legislative Session is over. Legislators passed a more than 77 Billion dollar budget. It was also the last session for District Six Representative Jimmy Patronis. Term limits will end his tenure in November.
Patronis worked to secure funding for several Bay County projects. Money for a STEM Center at Gulf Coast State College was vetoed last year by Governor Rick Scott. Patronis says they are still working to convince the Governor to allocate the money. Other funding, if signed by the governor could be money to help put sewer lines around Deer Point Reservoir, and money to help Naval Support, Panama City with encroachment issues.
"I think we've done a lot of good at the same time, there's gonna be a lot of projects that will be benefiting, Patronis says, we've got some good projects that will benefit the community as a whole,. water projects in Mexico Beach. Patronis went on to say, " I think where we are can help water, infrastructure, and environment and we are using state dollars to come back and cut the cost of living for the citizens of Bay County.
When asked about advice for the person who replaces him in November. Patronis says he hopes they keep the same staff, because they are the backbone of District 6.