Locals react to Governor Ron DeSantis visit to Mexico Beach

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Governor Ron DeSantis came to Mexico Beach City Hall and spoke with city leaders about recovery efforts in the area. He also toured the area to see the damage from Hurricane Michael.

During his visit, DeSantis spoke about possible financial assistance, water issues and other plans to help the city get back up and running.

"The amount of the debris is so over. It's not like it's a big part of the budget, it's like twice more than that. It's huge what they're taking in so we're gonna work on that," said Governor DeSantis.

Many in Mexico Beach are still suffering from Michael's devastation.

"We lost everything, we lost two boats, our truck and all of our possessions," said Laurie June. "We were renters so unfortunately right now there is no prospect for us."

Many locals said they were looking forward to seeing the new governor stop by the city, hoping he'll understand their day to day struggles.

"I'm hoping it's going to be positive. When he sees how strong of a community we are, we really believe he's gonna help with whatever we need to keep moving forward," said June.

DeSantis said that he wanted to come to Mexico Beach for his first day as governor to tell locals that it's going to be a long process to recover but, he's in it for the long haul.