A Call For Safety in Panama City Marina Planning

As a North Florida personal injury law firm, we remain attuned to all happenings in Panama City and the surrounding areas that may affect the lives of local residents. The principles of negligence law have implications in all sorts of situations, even in areas that community members might not expect. panama city marina.jpg

For example, the News Herald recently reported that the plans for the extension of Harrison Avenue are taking shape and moving closer to reality. The plan includes dedicated green space for use by pedestrians and cyclists and structures that could house both commercial entities and host a range of community events. Mayor Greg Brudnicki has expressed further interest in relocating City Hall and using the space for a major attraction such as an aquarium. He is taking an active role in the planning process, critiquing recent proposals, and asking that the planners work to provide a space that residents will want to visit regularly. Overall, the commissioners were pleased with plans for a civic park, a T-dock giving boaters easy access to slips, and a waterfront park behind the current City Hall. Commissioner Billy Rader praised the design sketches but noted that it is important to provide an integration of family activities, shopping, and nightlife to set the new marina apart from existing areas.

We applaud the efforts to bring new and increased vitality to the Panama City area. We also hope that safety will be a key concern as development continues. The projected area would allow for a wide mix of users including pedestrians, cyclists, boaters, and motorists. This mix can provide a vibrant setting but can be dangerous if not properly developed with safety in mind. The use of bike lanes and dedicated pedestrian-only areas can be essential to a shared safe space, especially where young people may be frequent guests. Where cars are permitted, appropriate speed limits and marked pedestrian crossings can help auto and foot traffic exist side-by-side. Individual responsibility is especially key where nightlife may involve alcoholic beverages. Targeted law enforcement to prevent driving (and boating) under the influence is particularly important where families and pedestrians may congregate.

As a Panama City injury victim's law firm, we believe in fighting for the rights of injured residents, including those caught in auto and pedestrian accidents. While victims of these incidents should always pursue legal recourse, at the end of the day prevention should come first. The cliché is true and, as Ben Franklin once wrote, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Therefore, we call upon the planners involved in the marina project to make safety a top priority in the design and execution of the new spaces.

City planning can help prevent accidents. If, however, you become the victim of a Panama City auto accident or are otherwise injured due to someone else's negligence, please reach out to us. Our team is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to take your call and to schedule a fee consultation with out skilled injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights.

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