More nonsense from Billy Fox…

PANAMA CITY — Despite action by the Panama City Commission on Tuesday to purchase a parcel of land intended to house the Panama City Rescue Mission, no decision has been made to relocate, according to the mission’s director.

The Rev. Billy Fox said the mission’s board of directors will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. to review the strategic planning committee’s recommendation regarding the city’s offer to move the mission.

“They were premature in saying or reporting that we had made any decision,” Fox said. “The bottom line is that no decision has been made, but it will be made this coming Tuesday.” The reality is that the rescue mission management has  been a no-show through this entire process. PCRM has been invited and encouraged to participate all along but has has limited contact with the task force committee.  City commissioner had reached out to several members of the board of directors and were given a “90% verbal commitment ” by PCRM board members that the rescue mission was on board. With this assurance city commissioners moved forward to bring the concept to vote thinking that they had a unified face on the direction of the new facility. At last minute, all of a sudden Fox and other board members act like they have no idea what is going on an worst pull away their support for the facility after indicating that they would support. This is just more shanagans by Billy Fox.

Commissioners approved a request from Community Resource Center Task Force to purchase a $445,000, 70-acre parcel of land along the Star Avenue corridor to serve as the future site of the Bay Area Community Resource Center.  The Rescue Mission could be one of several services provided at the site.

The task force was appointed by Mayor Greg Brudnicki more than a year ago to address issues with vagrancy in the downtown area.

Project manager Jo Shaffer said the goal of the nonprofit resource center is to provide a one-stop emergency assistance location for needy people in Bay County.

But at Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner John Kady said the city needed to get back to the original issue, the location of the Rescue Mission.

Kady requested the city first require a written guarantee that the Rescue Mission would relocate before handing over the funding.

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