PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Planning and Zoning official Ian Crelling says rebuilding Bay County after Hurricane Michael is evident by the number of building permits requested.
New housing developments are making their way to Bay County. (WJHG/WECP)
"Permits for the just the fourth quarter last year, first quarter this year, were up over 200 percent," said Crelling.
Many of those permits are aimed at housing.
"Reconstruction, new roofs, new homes, new construction," said Crelling.
The St. Joe company is just one developer pulling some of those permits to build housing.
"We're moving forward with a new residential community in east Bay County," said President and CEO of the St. Joe Company Jorge Gonzalez.
The new community, Titus Park, will feature 1,000 homes on 600 acres. Its main entrance will be off Highway 390 just east of Highway 231.
"It's demand that we know exists in east Bay County primarily because of what happened with the Hurricane, of course," said Gonzalez.
The Gonzalez says the first phase consists of 154 lots and it should be done by the end of the year.
"The homes should start construction in the early part of '20," said Gonzalez.
Some locals are ready to see roofs go up.
"I think its a big, big accomplishment for this place in Panama City because a lot of people got put out of their homes," said Panama City Resident Kenneth Weatherford.
"I think it's great that the community's coming together all of the people that are 850 Strong, that definitely want to stay here and rebuild are here," said Lynn Haven Resident Jason Jeter.
Showing not even a category five storm can cast a permanent cloud over the 850.
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