The governor toured Mexico Beach and Gulf County Wednesday afternoon. While those areas are making progress, it’s not enough and they need more help.
“This place looks like it got hit by a bomb,” said Ron Desantis, Florida Governor. Recovery efforts are in full swing in mexico beach. Governor DeSantis says the state secured 2.8 million dollars in reimbursements for the city’s debris clean up. On his tour of the Panhandle Wednesday announcing even more money will be added.
“The state of florida, we’re going to do an additional 2.8 million for debris for you guys and that’s just the beginning we’re going to continue to work hard after that,” said Governor DeSantis. He says a small city like Mexico Beach doesn’t have the financial stability to move forward on its own. Help from the state is a must.
“The 2.8 million that i’m doing on top, that’s going to be from our fdot, so we’ll do the debris out of that, i’ll then get reimbursed to the state, but this way they don’t have to worry about that, it really helps their cash flow,” said Governor DeSantis. Fema representatives were side by side with the governor. “This is the worst case for any coastal community,” said a FEMA representative.
FEMA says it’s important for the area to look to additional agencies for funding. “The past three supplemental’s that congress passed in the disaster relief fund, it included money for 20 different federal agencies to fund 90 different recovery programs so this is a complex venture that requires all of us working together,” said a FEMA representative.