- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Western stretches of Panama City Beach and Bay County coastline have seen a development boom in recent years with an influx of hotels, shopping malls and restaurants.

The Panama City News Herald (https://bit.ly/1HCLdAL ) reports that community leaders are now focused on eastern stretches of the county’s coastline, which has seen dwindling property values and little growth.

In the small town of Parker, Mayor Richard Musgrave is counting on development related to Tyndall Air Force Base to spur additional growth and investment. In nearby Springfield the mayor says older and vacant homes make it tough to recruit new development. Springfield is improving its roads and adding landscaping in hopes of growing property values.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, https://www.newsherald.com


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