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MAJOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE PROVIDER TO DONATE LAND PROCEEDS TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
February 1, 2018

Developer Bob Blackerby has catapulted himself into Panama City’s limelight with a brash proposal for City Hall: Tear it down, and he’ll build a new one elsewhere — at his expense.

Blackerby also proposes to provide the new site and $750,000 toward a new library, redevelop a blighted area near downtown, build an 18- to 20-story condominium tower overlooking the Gulf and beautify the adjoining public marina. The City Commission initially gave his $110-million plan unanimous provisional approval.

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