First Long-Term Disaster Recovery Task Force meeting

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The new Long-Term Disaster Recovery Task Force, which is made up of county, city, and school board officials, is unifying this part of the Panhandle.

"We all have housing problems, we all have commercial issues, it's a way for us to have a united front and it's a way for us to have solutions for everybody at one time," said Bay County County Commissioner Robert Carroll.

Frank McCoom, a state disaster recovery representative, says this united front will help local cities see recovery efforts sooner.

"The Federal Executive agencies have a variety of grant programs or the resources from a technical assistance standpoint to help with planning projects and helping to build back more resiliently," said McCoom.

And even though no official plans were made on Thursday, this meeting is the first step toward a strong recovery.

"We all have to be on the same page, and that's the most important part," said Commissioner Carroll.

While this task force is something that's going to benefit the whole county, city leaders are also seeing the benefits of this.

"Any time that we can reach out or tap into the experiences of other cities, of other counties, and have access to both federal and state agencies that were here today is a real advantage to us," said Parker Mayor Rich Musgrave.

And the task force will help with the next step for cities like Parker.

"Just trying to continue to get our people back to some degree of normalcy, it's gonna be a new normal," said Mayor Musgrave.

"We are one community," said Commissioner Carroll.

The next task force meeting is January 3rd, a time has not been finalized yet.