Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a $28 million investment for Northwest Florida, one year after Hurricane Michael made landfall as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. Governor DeSantis is awarding nearly $3 million to Panama City through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and requesting $25 million from the Florida Legislature to fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
“On my first full day in office, I came to Northwest Florida and pledged my administration’s full support as we recover and rebuild,” said Governor DeSantis. “Today, I’m here to let the people of this community know that our commitment remains as strong as ever. This $28 million investment will help Northwest Florida come back stronger than before, and I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and legislative partners to keep critical funding coming.”
Governor DeSantis is requesting that the Florida Legislature once again fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program. This grant program, run by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), can be used for projects that support hurricane repair and recovery related to Hurricane Michael. To reach $25 million for the program, the Governor proposes using the $23 million in interest earned from the Triumph Gulf Coast Trust Fund and $2 million from General Revenue.
Additionally, the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award for $2.86 million will help the Panama City community promote development, support job creation and workforce retention within an area that was adversely impacted by Hurricane Michael. The award will fund the construction of two new connecting roads and associated underground utilities to serve future housing and apartment developments in Panama City.