“When I took office, I made a commitment to the people of Bay County that we would make sure they rebuild stronger than before,” said DeSantis. “Today, we are continuing to deliver on that commitment. I’m going to keep looking at every option available and every program at my disposal to make sure the state is doing everything possible for the people of Northwest Florida.”
In January, FDEM announced that it was putting in place an expedited process to accelerate funding for Northwest Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. This process will enable communities to receive funds faster by providing 50 percent of estimated project costs up front and requiring less initial review.
“At the Florida Division of Emergency Management, we are leaving no stone unturned as we work to get funding out as quickly as possible to Northwest Florida cities and counties impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of the progress we’re already making toward recovering from this storm under Governor DeSantis’ leadership.”
In January, Gov. DeSantis announced that President Trump granted his request for 45 days of 100% federal cost share for Hurricane Michael debris removal and emergency protective measures. Prior to Governor DeSantis securing this commitment, the federal government had only granted five days of 100% cost share.
Gov. DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) last week to provide an additional extension of debris removal to continue to ensure the residents of Northwest Florida receive the necessary support and assistance as they recover from Hurricane Michael.
The relief funds come at a critical juncture, with legislators and Floridians calling on leadership to help fund devastated parts of the Panhandle. Lawmakers have made an effort to make hurricane recovery a top priority this session. Representative Jay Trumbull has devoted the bulk of his bills this legislative session to recovery efforts for the 6th District, which includes Panama City in southern Bay County.
Trumbull's commitment to his district, along with Republican leadership, is finally paying off for areas devastated by the newly categorized Category 5 hurricane.