January 10, 2019
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Wednesday was the first day on the job for Governor Ron DeSantis and he chose to spend it in Mexico Beach.
Governor DeSantis told hurricane victims in his inaugural address Tuesday that he stands with them, and wants communities to come out of Hurricane Michael stronger than before.
After being greeted by Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey, Governor DeSantis took a tour of the devastated area, followed by a private meeting with local leaders in City Hall. He then took some questions where he addressed recovery efforts and the need for more financial assistance.
“This is a very small community. The budget is very small and the amount of debris is just so over, it’s not like it’s a big part of the budget, I mean, it’s like twice, more than that, it’s huge, a part of what they’re taking in. So, we’re gonna work on that. We realize the financial stress and that's something that I’ve told my team that we need to figure out what we can do to help," the governor said.
Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, added that DeSantis’ relationships in Washington, D.C. and his friendship with President Trump will benefit the area in the long run.