U.S. Representative Neal Dunn, left, accepts a medallion commemorating 100 years since the creation of the Port St. Joe City Charter presented to him by Mayor Rex Buzzett, right. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]

Congressman Neal Dunn pays a visit to Port St. Joe

Congressman Neal Dunn paid a visit to Port St. Joe earlier this week, where he was presented with a memento by the city’s Mayor.


Rex Buzzett presented the United States Representative (R — Panama City) with a medallion carved for the 100th anniversary of Port St. Joe’s city charter in 2013.


“The city of Port St. Joe was chartered in 1913,” the mayor said. “That medallion was printed fro the 100 year anniversary of the charter of our city.”


“We wanted him to have a memento of our city… it was nice of him to come and visit with us, tour our city and see what progress we’ve made since Hurricane Michael.”


The congressman thanked Buzzett and city staff for the gift before spending the next two hours discussing the city’s accomplishments in recovering from the category 5 storm, which tore through the area in October, 2018.


“We toured some of our projects that we’ve got going… and we actually gave him a handout of all of the things that we’ve got going on,” said Buzzett.


Buzzett and City Manager Jim Anderson mentioned the city’s need for funding on several upcoming projects to the representative, chiefly the city’s planned city hall complex, which has been needed since Hurricane Michael significantly damaged the existing facilities.


Dunn and his staff shared about upcoming funding opportunities for which the project might be applied.


Then, the representative was taken on a tour to view the progress of several ongoing city projects, such as the paving of Long Avenue and the planned water line installation going from downtown to the marina.