Bay County manager gives hurricane recovery update
Bay County's county manager gave an update on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts at the Bay County Chamber of Commerce First Friday.
According to his report, 19 million yards of cubic debris were collected in the county following the storm. To date, the county has paid back more than $100 million of a $250 million loan. More than $6 billion worth of projects are outlined in the long term recovery plan. By 2023, county officials hope to have every project underway to some degree.
"Things are better at this point 16, almost 16, months post disaster than we anticipated them to be. They certainly aren't as good as we want them to be, I think we'd all go back and make the storm just not occur, that would certainly be great, but whether it's the average everyday citizen all the way to elected officials, everyone is continuing to lean forward," Bay County City Manager Bob Majka said.
Majka said housing is the county's number one priority moving forward.