Two new faces are joining the Walton County of Board of Commissioners. Newly elected, Commissioner Danny Glidewell and Commissioner Trey Nick said, they are excited to take office and already have some changes in mind.
At the Bay County Government Center Keith Baker was officially sworn in Tuesday as the newest county commissioner. Baker is the former Director of Leisure Services for Panama City. Guy Tunnel previously served the county commission district four seat. Baker said he is hopeful for the areas future and looks forward to helping the county recover from Hurricane Michael.
A new task force aimed at hurricane recovery is being set in motion. The task force will be led by elected representatives of the county, each city, and the school board County commissioners agreed o appoint Robert Carroll to the group. The main goal will revolve around how the area is going to move forward and recover from hurricane damages. Members will work hand in hand with congress to form a long-term plan.
Downtown Panama City faced a lot of damage from Hurricane Michael. A month later like many other areas around Bay County has come a long way. The Downtown Panama City area has been known for it's small businesses for years. Liane Harding has owned a business in town for three years. Ahead of Hurricane Michael, she tried prepare as best as she could.
The city of Springfield has put a moratorium on new construction building permits. This is because the city is short on manpower while recovering from hurricane Michael. To avoid adding the work of digging for new water and sewage lines, Springfield decided to put a stop to new construction temporarily.
Debris is still a large concern for the area, and each city has their own plan for the removal process. So far the city of Springfield has removed more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris. Although, there is still more than 300,000 cubic yards to go.
If you're too busy thinking about fixing your home or roof after Hurricane Michael to plan a Thanksgiving dinner, you're not alone. To ease the financial burden many face after the storm, youth from the Bay County Islamic Society lent a helping hand.