Casey DeSantis, Jimmy Patronis Focused on Hurricane Recovery in Panhandle Tour

Accompanied by state CFO Jimmy Patronis, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis toured the Panhandle as it continues to recover from Hurricane Michael.

DeSantis, Patronis and Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz met with officials and business leaders on Thursday. They also joined Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt in meeting students and teachers in the Lynn Haven area who were impacted by the hurricane.

“Today I had the opportunity to hear from those directly impacted by Hurricane Michael, including our students,” said DeSantis. “Each person’s story and perspective is important. Although Michael made landfall over four months ago, the long-term recovery efforts and community impacts will continue far into the future. To all those affected by the storm, know that Ron and I hear you and we will never stop fighting for Northwest Florida.”

“The Division of Emergency Management continues to work with all communities affected by Hurricane Michael,” said Moskowitz. “I want to thank First Lady DeSantis for her support and commitment to assisting in the long-term recovery efforts in the Panhandle. The resilience of the area is made even clearer by the lockstep coordination with local, state and federal partners.”

Legislators representing the area were glad DeSantis visited the area.

“We appreciate First Lady DeSantis and Director Moskowitz’s visit today,” said state Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City. “As we continue to coordinate on long-term recovery strategies and enter the legislative session, I want to thank the DeSantis/Nuñez Administration for their support and visit to help increase the awareness of the needs of our area, which is my highest priority.”

“The needs of my hometown remain my top priority as we enter the 2019 Legislative Session,” said state Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City. “Today was another opportunity to show how great the needs truly are for Northwest Florida. Thank you, First Lady DeSantis, for shining the light on that need.”

“I want to thank the First Lady for allowing me to provide additional insight into the long-term impacts to both Bay and the surrounding counties, especially the impacts to the agriculture and timber industry,” said state Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna.


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