Hundreds of trees given out to Panama City residents

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Hurricane Michael destroyed hundreds of thousands of trees that once stood tall throughout the Panhandle.

Now, the Panama City Parks and Recreation Department is doing something about it.

They gave out 500 trees to Panama City residents Saturday morning.

All residents had to do was bring a copy of their water bill to prove their residency and they could choose from many different types of trees that are native to the area.

It’s all part of the ‘Retree PC’ initiative that is looking to plant 100 thousand trees over the next five years.

“I think it’s a sign of hope and healing. I mean, isn’t that what we all need right now?” said Ty Farris, the Panama City Parks and Rec Manager.

‘Retree PC’ is hoping to hold events like these more frequently and will have volunteers to help residents decide which tree would be the best fit for their area and soil.

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