“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 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.”
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.
“We knew during the Legislative Session that the Panhandle would need a lifeline while the legislature was not assembled,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. “I want to thank our legislative partners for having the foresight to create such a program. This additional funding will help meet the needs of long-term recovery by covering segments that are normally forgotten, including revenue loss and operating deficits.”
The Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program allows applicants, including local governments, county governments, school boards and charter schools to submit proposals for activities including:
- Local or county revenue loss;
- Local or county operating deficits;
- Infrastructure (building, road, bridge, etc.) repair and/or replacement;
- Beach renourishment/recreational facilities; and
- Debris removal.
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.
“Governor DeSantis is utilizing every available resource to help Florida communities recover after disasters,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson. “This Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award, together with ongoing efforts, will continue to move the recovery needle for the Florida Panhandle community. We continue to seek additional opportunities to assist as we wait on federal funding guidance for long-term recovery efforts.”