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Gov. DeSantis announces $111 million in disaster recovery awards

The funding is spread across counties and cities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Credit: CBS

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla — Gov. Ron DeSantis headed to Panama City Beach hours after signing a controversial voting bill to announce millions of dollars in disaster recovery funding would be distributed to areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. 

“I don’t come to Bay County empty-handed very often," the governor said leading off his press conference. 

The long-term resiliency funding is not an immediate response fund but will help those impacted by the natural disaster rebuild and fortify their communities.

The $111 million in funding awards will be spread across 22 Florida counties and will come from the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program.

Panama City Beach will see more than $21 million of the awards due to the impact Hurricane Michael had on the area.

“This is something that will help us prepare for future storms and also reduce post-disaster cost and losses," DeSantis said.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Dane Eagle encouraged Floridians in need of assistance to head to rebuildflorida.gov to apply for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair & Replacement Program.

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