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Panama City, FL – Mexico Beach focuses on bringing back amenities lost in Hurricane Michael

Panama City, FL –

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – Since Hurricane Michael, FEMA has donated $ 100 million to Mexico Beach and city officials expect to receive an additional $ 20 million.

City amenities as well as infrastructure are all part of a long list of projects and some of them are about to start.

Sunset Park, the police and fire station, and the public pier are just a few of the items on the list.

Mexico Beach City administrator Doug Baber said he was eager to see these plans come to life.

“Some of the recent highlights have been on infrastructure – you know the things that a lot of people don’t see like sewers and water and roads and things of that nature,” Baber said. “Now it’s time to start giving our residents back some of what they’ve missed over the past three years. “

One of those projects is Sunset Park. Baber said construction of the park could begin in November and be completed next spring.

Plans include new public toilets – something Mexico Beach hasn’t had since the storm.

“To rebuild them as they were but stronger so that in the future they won’t be so blown away,” Baber said. “So we’ve done a lot of things improving some of the bathrooms, we’ve raised the standard of the buildings, we’ve made them stronger so they can last a lot longer. “

The St. Joe Company is also stepping up its efforts by partnering with the city and donating 25 acres for a new municipal complex.

“So the police station, the fire station, the civic center will be going there – it will be a great project that we are working on with our funds through FEMA, there could be other sources of funding as well,” Baber said.

City officials are purchasing an additional 80 acres in St. Joe, at the eastern end of the county, for a stormwater retention pond and another park.

“It is a prime location for our stormwater storage,” Baber said.

The public jetty is also undergoing some improvements. The ramp will be more accessible and will extend further into the gulf.

“The pier is currently undergoing final design,” Baber said. “We are waiting to see how much money they will give us, but they have been very receptive to the ideas we have presented to them.”

Mexico Beach has appealed the initial amount proposed by FEMA to finance the new municipal complex. FEMA initially offered around $ 2 million to rebuild the fire department at the old location, but city officials are asking for around $ 9 million.

Baber said they needed additional funds to prepare the 25 acres the St. Joe Company is giving them for the new municipal complex, mainly road construction.

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