Governor DeSantis promises not to forget the Panhandle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After a contentious race and widely publicized recount, the day has finally come... the inauguration of Florida's new governor.

History was made Tuesday as Ron DeSantis was sworn into office as Florida’s 46th governor. Business regulation, lowering taxes, Florida’s clean water, and even the election recount were all discussed during his inaugural address.

On top of the economy and education, governor Ron DeSantis did not forget the Panhandle.

In his address, DeSantis said, "Hurricane Michael brought widespread destruction but it did not destroy the resilience and the resolve of the people of northwest Florida. To the communities impacted: we will stand with you to rebuild your communities stronger than before."

This a sentiment also echoed by Florida Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis.

“I want the people of the Panhandle to know that they’re not forgotten. That as we move forward the needs that they need now in order to get back up on their feet,” said Patronis, who was also sworn in as the state’s Chief Financial Officer.

But former governor Jeb Bush says DeSantis’ pull in Washington will be what ultimately gets victims of Hurricane Michael the help they need.

Bush said, “The primary responsibility of state government is to help local communities when they get hit hard like this. The governor’s relationships in Washington are going to help a lot to get the funding necessary for the ongoing long term recovery."

Recovery efforts Panhandle residents are so desperately waiting for as this new administration begins a fresh chapter in Florida's history.