Bay County Long Term Recovery Task Force presents final draft for recovery plan

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County officials have been working to get the county back in shape after Hurricane Michael.

The Bay County Long Term Recovery Task Force is going over the final draft of a recovery plan. The plan contains projects which cost $6 billion in total to help the county get back on its feet. (WJHG/WECP)

The Bay County Long Term Recovery Task Force presented a final draft of its recovery plan during a meeting on Tuesday. Officials say their plan has more than 300 projects which include building infrastructure, housing and other needs for our community.

Commissioner Robert Caroll said the projects cost about $6 billion total. Another plan is in the works for $3-$4 billion to help rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base.

Caroll said housing remains one of the most important needs, especially since the census is coming up.

"The faster we can get our housing online and get these people back in their homes, the better for Bay County. Federal dollars are tied to the census. It's a 10-year deal. You kind of get punished for 10 years if you don't have the right count. The main number one priority would be our housing," said Carroll.

Carroll says Bay County isn't the only area in the country trying to recover from a natural disaster, which is why they're working fast to submit their plans for grant applications.

"We're competing with Puerto Rico, California, North Carolina, all these entities that had disasters as well. They're just as deserving, but we have to make sure our applications are correct if we want our fair share of these dollars," said Carroll.

Carroll said over the next couple of weeks they'll be finalizing their plans. He believes they'll finish the plan by next month.

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