Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force gets public input

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force has planned several hurricane recovery projects over the past few months. Wednesday, locals got a glimpse of these plans and shared their thoughts with task force members.

With many recovery projects underway, Bay County Long-Term Recovery Task Force officials are planning for the future.

"We need to get beyond October 10. This is for the future for growth," said Bay County Commissioner Robert Carroll.

Wednesday, locals learned about more than 250 plans they have about housing, stormwater systems, and other ways to help the area recover after Hurricane Michael devastated the area.

"It's great to see how we're turning this disaster into some hopeful changes," said Bay County Resident Jane Perry.

Bay County residents like Perry marked projects during the event they believed would benefit the county.

"I love the connectivity work to use our needs for stormwater and paths out of that to connect our green spaces," said Perry.

Perry also shared her ideas with Bay County officials.

"We're not gonna be able to repair everything all at once. If we have some good images, some hopeful images, coming from our downtown that will strengthen the rest of the area," said Perry.

Carroll said this was the final meeting for public input which is why he said it was important to get feedback before they move forward.

"It's our community. Whether, it's marinas, bike trails, sports complexes, anything of that nature we all need to have input on what's convenient for us," said Carroll.

Carroll says some of the projects exceed $30 million and could last more than 10 years. He said their next step is to secure federal money. Officials hope to begin some of the projects this year.