NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
Protect natural and cultural resources and historic properties through appropriate planning, mitigation, response, and recovery actions to preserve, conserve, rehabilitate, and restore them consistent with post-disaster community priorities and best practices and in compliance with applicable environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders.
Branch Lead: Dan Rowe
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The acquisition of land to protect, restore and maintain the quality of natural functions and, water wetland systems. To increase natural resource based public recreational and educational opportunities
A plan to build a multifunctioning innovative center to help commercialize marine centered technologies and develop a interactive, experimental, interpretive education research facility. This could also provide a great way to involve k-12Stem initiatives.
Identify and establish a way to connect walk ways, bike paths and parks. Identify which Rail roads and no longer being used and turn them in to trails.
To establish a directory of fisherman and deckhand crews to aid in a method of information on financial grants and ways to provide resources after the storm
Develop and identify snorkel reefs to aid in Education and to aid access to our marine environment
This would be a 3 part plan. 1.) Evaluate and identify Reef Conditions. 2) Restore and rehabilitate the reefs that can rehabilitated. 3) Creation and placement of new artificial reefs.
This plan is to educate the community in urban forest to aid in stormwater management, visual aesthetics, air quality and temp. moderation. Partner with Arbor day and the Agricultural State Forestry to assist with the planting of non invasive trees to rebuild what was lost. Workshops and events to bring the community together in rebuilding efforts
Get a City mandated Art Incorporation Clause for new and existing specified areas by adding a EOC that is solely responsible for Historical & Heritage Preservation Including but not limited to murals, sculptures, art inspired landscaping and incorporate local artist work. This plan to keep Heritage sites protected before, during and after the storm. The plan would keep the sites safe, so they are not ruined such as but not limited to. (Governor Stone, Native American Artifacts, Martin Theater) This plan would also support the creation of federally recognized heritage in NW Florida
Located at the Panama City Beach Sports Complex on the east end of the beach, will be hardened to serve as a post-storm shelter for first responders assisting in the recovery efforts. With its proximity and convenient access to the Hathaway Bridge and the proposed Bay Parkway, this Center is uniquely situated to aid communities on both sides of the bridge.
Located off of US 231 and Transmitter Road, will serve as a primary shelter during and after storm events impacting Bay County Florida. When not in use as a storm shelter, the Rec Center will be used as an amenity for local residents, as well as used to generate incremental sports tourism demand for Panama City and Lynn Haven. Loosely modeled after the Kenyon College Athletic Center in Gambier Ohio, the Rec Center will include athletic courts, running track, aquatic center, locker rooms, medical facilities, commercial kitchen, small conference rooms and training rooms. The land surrounding the Rec Center will be converted into a public park to assist with storm water mitigation and natural filtration from the nearby water treatment plant and will provide walking and biking paths and other amenities.
A new facility to preserve and interpret the history of how we have learned to live, work and play underwater. Please to expand libraries, archives and international collections through donations from all over the world . This would be in education complex to teach history and activities that have made significant contributions to science engineering, exploration and development of underworld
Reopen the pass along the historic channel linking St Andrews Pass and the Gulf of Mexico.
Build an indoor aquatic center or YMCA with an indoor pool in town. Tear down the Garden Club building and build there or use a vacant lot in downtown PC. The Garden Club area already has parking nearby (dog park) and a great walking park. Keep these amenities but add to the land by building an aquatic center/YMCA with an indoor pool.
Ask founder of Blue Zones and Dan Burden to work with leaders on developing a set of recommendations on how Recovery can result in Bay County as a Blue Zone.https://www.bluezones.com/
I am a local retired architect who has developed, along with Hearst Foundation friend, a fun board game that assists people and groups in sharpening their vision. The game also helps others find the tools to share their vision with others effectively in a community building way.
Take time to involve the public in considering plans. Put the geographic features of the place on big screens for all to see and to help inform planning options. Ask consultants to offer various “build out scenarios” that take different approaches to transportation, land conservation, compact vs. dispersed housing density.Consult the many good resources out there, including a detailed analysis of coastal systems and populations from https://nemac.unca.edu
Invest in a development/fundraising effort to acquire more funds from philanthropic sources.
The moment the storm hit, I knew our local elected leaders were going to need their own support. That the pressure on them in public to know the answer would burden the process. My colleague Jess Zimbabwe runs a leadership fellowship program for local government officials out of ULI. We’ve already talked about creating a peer network for any local official who wants starting with a kick off meeting where we’d match ours with her graduates and or officials from other disaster communities. (I immediately reached out to my friend/colleague long time Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent for example. He also sits on Gulf wide BP board. He’s game.)
Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
Plans need to be made to start a continuing project of gathering all of the trash that has been produced by Hurricane Michael. The large equipment can only do so much. There will need to be a plan in place that will pay for manual labor needed to clean up all of the rights-of-ways in the area.
I am an urban planner from Panama City, worked nationally with the leading thinkers about post-disaster efforts. Blending policy, advocacy, design, capacity building, community heart and soul, financing, funding, etc. Please reach out to me so that we can have a series of phone calls about the talented people and impactful funding programs I know about. Harriett is at the top of my dream team list.
I was gearing up to help PCGS bring in Orton Family Foundation to do a Community Heart and Soul project before Michael. With the rate of ‘project ideas’ coming in with folks chiming in on social media, raising the unproductive dialogue, now more than ever, we need to help everyone lead and participate in the way this program does for small communities.
Provide disaster resiliency, offloading the crowding in other parks after disasters, and reducing post-disaster traffic on our roads. Reduce the number of lost/escaped/injured dogs by giving owners a way to exercise their pets while their yards have compromised fencing. Lessen the strain on local government resources by reducing post-disaster of misplaced and injured dogs. Create a new visitor attraction to help the economy. A dog beach at the park(as is Pensacola)
Green spaces downtown plaza area to hold events – how about all those vacant lots near the new city hall – along jerks ave – almost a mini Central Park- water feature
Plans need to be made to protect property from potential wildfires. With the forest and timber lands damaged as they are, it is primed for wildfires. Plans need to be made to clean up these areas of the large amounts of dead and dying trees. Fire protection methods need to be established In just a short order of time these areas will be infested with bugs/beetles that will cause future problems for the citizens of Bay County and the surrounding areas.
Building of multi use sports fields for the community to help alleviate pressure of Frank Brown Park Fields. Possibly includes an indoor recreation complex for additional sporting events in phase II; basketball, volleyball, band mitten and pickleball. Also to be used as a community shelter during times of emergency weather. Provide community activities, tourist participation and regional/national tournaments.
Providing additional designated pickleball courts and an updated recreation facility that would include restrooms, water and lighting by the courts.
30 foot Landing Craft to be used for park operations with the primary use being for operations on Shell Island. Operations at Shell Island include cultural resource monitoring (archeological sites), sea turtle nesting surveys, Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse monitoring ( a federally endangered species), shorebird monitoring, prescribed fire, volunteer work events, and emergency.
Restoration and repair of the historical turpentine still located in the park.
Replacement of the historical World War II Gun Mount/Overlook roof which was totally torn off by the hurricane. The roof was only 2 years old and partially funded by donations to the Friends of St. Andrews State Park, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. It was a metal roof that met park standards and added to the park aesthetics.
Construction of a new boardwalk trail around Button Bush Marsh. Currently there is no trail at that site.
Create a plan and identify funding for dynamic reef development to support the commercial, charter and recreational fishing and diving industries that are vital to our local economy. A growing concern prior to Hurricane Michael, the storm critically damaged many of the existing reefs and accelerated the need for a comprehensive plan to develop and …
Create an onshore snorkel sculpture reef in the St Andrews Pass north of the Kiddie Pool that provides recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors, as well as near shore habitat for marine life. An onshore snorkel reef would be a first for the Panhandle and a popular destination for beginner divers/snorkelers and adventurous …
Create a community park and HUB type venue at Pete Edwards Field. Rebuild skate park to accommodate recreational/competitive use and redesign Pete Edwards Field to better serve as a multipurpose recreational venue for public use. Developing a multi-faceted community HUB in the Grand Lagoon will improve the quality of life by offering a heathy outdoor …
An arts program designed to grow the arts in Bay County. Step one is already in progress, getting artists back to work by providing supplies, workshops and opportunities to sell their work. Step two an Art Center on the beach that would act as a hub providing programs and arts opportunities on site and in …
Deerpoint Lake should be made where it could be “drawn down” so as to kill/destroy the noxious/invasive plant life that now exist. A “drawn down” of at least 4 feet would benefit the entire area. The existing noxious plants (e.g., Lilly pads, lemon bacopa, hydrilla, milfoil, and others) are harmful to the lake and diminish …
I propose there be an event field with a nice stage for people who would like to have an event Downtown. We need it to be easier to bring events downtown, that are not related to Bay Arts, DIB, or Destination Panama City. I believe that Panama City, particularly the downtown area needs this sort …
The construction of pedestrian structures on Back Beach Road and US 98. This project would allow pedestrians to safely cross US 98 without the risk of conflict with vehicles on US 98 and would further increase the efficiency of US 98 by not forcing vehicles to stop for pedestrian traffic.
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