Governor DeSantis visits Mexico Beach

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Wednesday was day one on the job for Governor Ron DeSantis and he chose to spend it in Mexico Beach.

Governor DeSantis told hurricane victims in his inaugural address Tuesday that he stands with them, and wants communities to come out of this stronger than before.

After being greeted by Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey, Governor DeSantis took a tour of the devastated area followed by a private meeting with local leaders in City Hall. He then he took some questions where he addressed recovery efforts and the need for more financial assistance.

“This is a very small community--the budget is very small and the amount of the debris is just so over... it’s not like it’s a big part of the budget, I mean, it’s like twice, more than that, it’s huge, a part of what they’re taking in, so we’re gonna work on that. We realize the financial stress and that's something that I’ve told my team that we need to figure out what we can do to help," he said.

Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, added that DeSantis’ relationships in Washington and friendship with President Trump will benefit the area in the long run, but for now, only time will tell.