Rep. Trumbull announced that nearly $200 million for projects in Bay County, as well as other Panhandle communities, is included in the appropriations requests from the Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, which he chairs. The funds will go toward infrastructure repair and affordable housing needs as part of recovery efforts following the Category 4 storm that ripped through the Panhandle.
“It is absolutely vital that we get these much-needed projects funded,” said Trumbull. “Individuals, families, and local governments and other institutions are continuing to suffer as we rebuild what was destroyed during Michael, and this funding will provide the ability to keep moving ahead with recovery. These requests are the result of a lot of teamwork and cooperation among my colleagues in the legislature as well as local officials. Senator George Gainer and I have been on the same page when it comes to making sure we move our recovery efforts forward, and I appreciate his hard work.”
Line Item Appropriations:
• HB 2985 – Bay County Sheriff’s Office New Building - $50,000
• HB 3855 – Panama City Pretty Bayou New Wastewater Collection - $499,520
• HB 3861 – Parker Hurricane Michael – Parks - $44,375
• HB 3871 – Callaway Sandy Creek Area Wastewater Improvements - $294,080
• HB 3845 – Parker Hurricane Michael Utilities - $87,500
• HB 4663 – Military-Connected Schools Initiative - $100,000
• HB 4331 – Panama City Watson Bayou Dredging - $2,000,000
• HB 4341 – Panama City Watson Bayou Turning Basin Bulkhead - $500,000
• HB 4361 – City of Parker Hurricane Michael Road Safety - $37,500
• HB 4359 – Bay County Hurricane Michael Road Repair and Traffic Safety - $3,000,000
• HB 4343 – Bay County Hurricane Michael – Parks and Beach Access - $750,000
• HB 4345 – Bay County Hurricane Michael – Building Repair - $1,950,000
• HB 4347 – City of Lynn Haven Road Damage Repairs - $1,000,000
• HB 4351 – City of Parker Hurricane Michael Building Repair - $183,000
• HB 4353 – City of Parker Hurricane Michael Emergency Protective Measures - $25,000
• HB 4355 – Bay County Hurricane Michael Emergency Protective Measures - $2,200,000
Department of Emergency Management:
$50,000,000 through the Hurricane Michael Recovery Grant Program
Florida Housing Finance Corporation:
$123,000,000 for affordable housing for Panhandle counties affected by Hurricane Michael
Department of Economic Opportunity:
$5 million for infrastructure projects in rural Panhandle counties affected by Hurricane Michael
Each appropriation project passed unanimously in the Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee. The proposals are now in the Appropriations Committee, which Rep. Trumbull is part of.
The Bay County Republican and others supporting these bipartisan measures are hoping that legislators will swiftly push these projects through so communities devastated by the storm can get relief immediately.
“Governor DeSantis’s and Speaker Oliva’s cooperation has been instrumental in moving these projects forward, and I want to thank them for prioritizing the Panhandle,” said Trumbull. “These past few months have been tough on Bay County and the surrounding communities, but we’ve seen our residents and leaders rise to the challenge time and time again. We plan to keep pressing forward in Tallahassee, and I’m confident that if we continue working together, we will soon be stronger than ever.”
Panama City was one of the hardest cities hit by Hurricane Michael in October. To date, Panama City is still removing debris and picking up the pieces that are left over.
Trumbull, 30, was born in Panama City, and attended Bay County High School before attending Auburn University. The young representative ran for office 2014, succeeding CFO Jimmy Patronis. Trumbull won reelection in 2016 and 2018.
An outspoken supporter for his district, Trumbull has been committed to his constituents since assuming office in 2014. Many of his bills have been aimed at helping Bay County and the 159,266 residents that reside in District 6. Most of the bills that Rep. Trumbull sponsored this legislative session are focused on hurricane relief efforts.