Panama City Mayor

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Political newcomer Lauren DeGeorge has ousted Panama City Mayor Gerry Clemons after 24 years in office in a campaign driven by her concerns about growth.

DeGeorge carried 52 percent of the vote. She entered the race out of frustration with development plans and says she found similar sentiments while canvassing city neighborhoods.

Confronted with a proposal for a 29-story building, the city commission recently adopted a 120-foot building height limit or 150 feet with setbacks.

DeGeorge campaigned for a development moratorium during work on a master plan. The city commission already has rejected a moratorium, but DeGeorge said it could be reconsidered.

Panama City, like much of the Florida Panhandle, is facing unprecedented development pressure.

A Panama City Beach resident is circulating a petition to limit residential buildings to 35 feet and commercial buildings to 50 feet.