Governor Ron DeSantis announces millions of dollars to further aid in hurricane recovery

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - On the first anniversary of Hurricane Michael, government officials brought promising news to locals still looking for hope.

At Panama City City Hall Thursday, he made two major announcements. (WJHG/WECP)

"On my first full day in office, we came to Bay County and Mexico Beach to make sure you and all affected communities knew that our administration would be side by side with you," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said.

And he kept his word. At Panama City City Hall Thursday, he made two major announcements. The first was a grant to help with job growth and infrastructure needs in our area, formally known as the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

"The investment we are going to make here in Bay County is $2.86 million to help finance the construction of two new roads and associated underground utilities to serve future housing and apartment developments in Panama City," Governor DeSantis said. "You know, we need the folks to be here, we need the folks to be working right here in Bay County."

The second announcement addressed local business needs, including money lost and operating costs, as well as repairing roads and removing hurricane debris.

"I'm going to be asking the legislature to use the $23 million in interest earned from the Triumph Gulf Coast Trust Fund and two million dollars from general revenue to continue the Hurricane Michael recovery program," Governor DeSantis said.

The announcements proved the Florida Panhandle has not been far from the Governor's mind.

"It just seemed to me, a lot of people outside this area had kind of moved on and forgot about it. And I wanted to make sure that didn't happen with our administration," Governor DeSantis said.

The recovery has come a long way, but it still isn't over.

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