Broxson: North Okaloosa & Alabama must partner for economic growth

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 16:32 PM.

First to recover

The north county is the where economic recovery will first occur if a major hurricane strikes Northwest Florida, Broxson said.

"We're not on the coast. We're away from the coast," he said. "Our ability to get our insurance pay and get our economy back going again is vitally important.

"We'll be back in business before Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and Pensacola ... Our economy's going to be moving, and that's important to our county ... You could be the salvation of this county when that storm hits at the south end."

RESTORE Act money, which helps businesses and others following our last major disaster, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is available while affected counties put their spending plans together.

"If we're organized and we're ready and we have a compelling plan, we'll have a place at the table," Broxson said.

The local RESTORE Act planning coalition has focused on a stormwater-runoff mitigation project for the funds, chamber of commerce President Dennis Mitchell said.



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