Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force approves to long term recovery plan
After several months of getting input from locals and trying to determine what's needed most, the Bay County Long Term Recovery Task Force is ready to set its plan in motion.
"We can start pursuing funds, start getting some dollars here in Bay County, start making some of these projects a reality," said Bay County Commissioner Robert Carroll, a member of the task force.
Carroll said the newly approved plan consists of more than 300 projects. He said the group is wanting to use federal aid, grant money, and private investors to help pay for them.
"You got investors that will build the apartment complexes. They may get a federal loan or a state loan to help offset some of their cost," explained Carroll. "Without the private partnership, they're gonna be key to many of these projects, especially the housing side."
Carroll said even though congress has approved money to help the area, there's still a lot more to the process.
"It's still our job to go pursue those dollars. No one is writing us a check. No one is handing us a bucket of money. We have to identify what the project is," said Carroll. "Prove to them that the need is there and they have to approve those projects to give us those dollars."
Carroll said the next step is getting the approval of the county commission after that the group will start working on securing the funding. He said local cities and the county will pursue their own projects but the task force will remain together to make changes to the plan if needed.