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The commission will meet with department heads for a full day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Eastgate Park Lodge and resume on Saturday at 8 a.m.

“Hopefully at the end of the day and a half of our meeting, we will have some kind of orientation on our vision for the city center – not that we have to decide in many details, just in general to go moving forward with our vision and direction,” said Saliba. “As long as we’re together on this, that would be my hope and my desire.”

Asked about a downtown hotel that is often talked about, Saliba said a small boutique hotel is definitely part of that long-term vision and he hopes it will come to fruition.

“Part of the goal of downtown revitalization is to get people downtown not just to work, but to shop, eat, play and live – we’re doing a good job now,” said Saliba.

Dothan is well positioned to continue making significant investments in several capital improvement projects, but commissioners will have to choose which companies or potential ideas will receive priority status in the coming year. After Water World’s successful season, a discussion could emerge on a possible timeline for the second part of the water park’s Phase 2 upgrades, which includes plans for a lazy river feature.

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