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FEMA approves $2.2 million for Mexico Beach

By Tim Croft
The Star

Mexico Beach will be getting a sizeable check soon for repairs to the city marina after Hurricane Michael. 

FEMA announced this week the awarding of three Hurricane Michael Public Assistance grants, including one to Mexico Beach. 

The three grants came to $4.5 million. 

The city of Mexico Beach received money for repairs to the city marina, including repairs to the water and power station, seawall, pavement and supporting posts. 

According to a FEMA press release, the Public Assistance grants are an essential source of funding for communities recovering from federally-declared disasters or emergencies. 

The Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the program and reviews projects prior to FEMA approval. 

The city worked directly with FEMA to develop the projects and scopes of work and FEMA obligates funding to FDEM after final approval. 

Once a project is obligated, FDEM works closely with applicants to finalize grants and begin making payments. FDEM has implemented new procedures designed to ensure grant funding is provided to local communities as quickly as possible. 

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, including houses of worship, so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. 

In addition to the grant to Mexico Beach, FEMA also approved a grant of $1 million to the city of Springfield and $1.27 million to Talquin Electric Cooperative.