DeSantis Announces Over $91M for Hurricane Relief and Storm Mitigation

February 11, 2022 Updated 7:09 PM ET

February 11, 2022 Updated 7:02 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – At a press conference Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) introduced a plan to bring over $91 million in funding to communities across the Panhandle region in response to damage caused by Hurricane Michael.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will be providing the funding through their Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. The program includes improvements to wastewater, sewer sanitation, potable water, and stormwater systems.

“I’ve said from the beginning that recovery from Hurricane Michael would be a long-term process… Michael has forever left a mark on Panhandle communities, but through the funding provided today, we can ensure these communities are stronger and better equipped for the future,” DeSantis said.

DEO Secretary Dane Eagle commended DeSantis for bringing this program forward, saying that the program is a “testament to Governor DeSantis’ commitment to our Panhandle communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.” 

The funding announced today will be awarded to 14 communities in the panhandle region for projects that will strengthen infrastructure and increase community resiliency. 

“This additional $91 million in recovery funding will go a very long way in improving the infrastructure needed to support the families and businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. 

Governor DeSantis has repeatedly demonstrated his interest in keeping Florida prosperous, and he continuously showcases his support by introducing measures like the relief funding.

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