President Trump visits Florida panhandle and promises more help for hurricane recovery


President Donald Trump arrived in the Florida panhandle Wednesday to see an area still suffering seven months after Hurricane Michael slammed into the coast as a Category 5 storm.
The President landed on board Air Force One at Tyndall Air Force base to see facilities that took a direct hit from Michael.
The President toured the base with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis  and the base commander
Bay County Commission Chairman Philip Griffitts was on the tour and says it’s important for the President to see the problems at the base for himself.
“It’s critically important for the President to see the damage that not only they had but the recovery process they are going through,” said Griffitts.
The commissioner says it’s also important for Tyndall Air Force base to get more funding for recovery.
“It’s one third of our local economy. It’s the largest employer in Bay County, so this is a vital piece in the puzzle for us to recover,” said Griffitts.
Recovery at the base will not be quick or cheap.
Doug Moore is the head of a community military advisory committee and says the community needs congress to approve funding for base recovery.
“I think the number that I’m hearing is just over four billion dollars for bringing it back, not just bringing it back to what it was but bringing it to what we call, the base of the future,” said Moore.

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