Panhandle plans to remind President of his promise

Friday, May 17, 2019
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Trump speech in FL PanhandleThe Florida Panhandle has been slow to recover from Hurricane Michael and now local radio stations have come up with a clever way to put pressure on the federal government to release more funds.

The slow recovery has been blamed on both federal and local bureaucracy, but a year after Hurricane Michael pummeled the coast with 160-MPH winds, the area continues to suffer from the Category 5 storm that cost an estimated $25 billion in damage.  

Last week, President Donald Trump held a rally in Panama City Beach (photo above) and made a solemn promise.

“I pledge to you unwavering support, and the support of our nation, ‘til you have fully recovered and rebuilt,” he told the crowd of Floridian supporters. “And we will never, ever leave your side.”

President Trump announced $448 million in new disaster relief funds at the rally, ABC News reported.     

But it doesn't help to remind him of the promise that was made so Sam Rogatinsky, who owns three radio stations in the area, tells OneNewsNow he plans to play an exert of that speech every day, if necessary, until Election Day next year.

“We were so happy when Donald Trump came into town and said that no matter what, he's going to get money to this area,” he says. “The area really needs money. The Panhandle has almost been forgotten.”

Because the Panhandle is so sparsely populated, he says, it doesn't get the attention of cities such as Ft. Lauderdale.

Hurricane Michael, meanwhile, was the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the Panhandle and broke records for its wind speeds.

So the plan is to get the attention of the President, who won Bay County, Florida 71-21 percent on Election Day three years ago.  

Classic Rock WRBA, Country WKNK and Adult Hits WASJ will be reminding their listeners, and President Trump, of the promise that was made.

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