PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Just hours after signing a controversial election reform bill into law in Palm Beach County, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday held a news conference in the Florida Panhandle about disaster relief.
The governor announced more than $111 million in long-term disaster recovery awards for 22 Florida communities that were impacted by Hurricane Michael in 2018.
More than $21 million is going to Panama City Beach for infrastructure repairs.
"Panama City Beach sustained beach erosion during Hurricane Michael," DeSantis said. "That's also facilitated flooding during subsequent storms."
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Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 5 hurricane in October of 2018.
"This is something that will help us prepare for future storms, and also reduce post-disaster costs and losses," DeSantis said.