Swearing in of the AMIkids Maritime Academy Board of Directors

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis took part in a special ceremony Thursday afternoon at the AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute.

Patronis has been sworn in to the school’s new board, as PCMI opens the new AMIkids Maritime Academy next August.

“They had a lot of hurdles to go through, there’s a lot of paperwork involved, a lot of things you have to do to be able to qualify, to get a certain amount of money that you need to be able to do it properly. They have now come to this point, it is a day of celebration because they have finally come to this point that they can be what they need to be for our community and the children,” explained Greg Brudnicki, Mayor of Panama City.

Maritime Academy is a free public charter high school for students in grades 9-12 and will specialize in maritime STEM fields like underwater robotics, marine science, as well as aviation.

“Our children are our most important investment we will make in our lives, bigger than our homes, because we dedicate our resources, our time, our energy to them,” Patronis said. “These are going to be the future leaders of tomorrow, they are going to open businesses, they are going to run businesses, they are going to take care of us.”

For more information on the school and registration click here.

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