Press Release

MARIANNA, FL – Debris pick-up continues throughout Jackson County in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. The Florida Department of Transportation took over the financial responsibility for debris removal shortly after the storm, upon instruction from the State. By mid-December, FDOT oversaw the removal of approximately 706,000 cubic yards of debris from the state highway system roads in Jackson County. A second round of debris removal has begun and FDOT anticipates completing this by mid-February. They are asking that Jackson County residents attempt to place remaining debris for pick up at the right-of-way by January 20, 2019.

Jackson County representatives have contacted State representatives and submitted a request for an extension of the agreement with FDOT, based upon the negative financial impact that resuming the financial responsibility for debris removal would have on Jackson County. An extension would provide additional time for debris removal that would not need to be funded by the County. County officials are discussion options for continued debris removal after the agreement with FDOT expires, should an extension not be granted.

Private Property Debris Removal should come into play very soon. PPDR is intended to allow the debris removal companies to reach the debris on the private property side of the right-of-way. It is not intended to allow debris removal companies to remove debris from all areas of an individual’s private property. Once started, representatives from the debris companies and/or the monitoring organization will contact homeowners if paperwork is needed.

Many people in our community are still dealing with debris on their property. Several local faith-based and charitable organizations are at work to assist with this issue. Mennonite Disaster Services, an organization that sends teams to storm damaged areas to offer free services related to debris removal, construction and general storm damage is on-site in Marianna and can be reached at 717-823-8614. Chipola Family Ministries continues to work in the community to coordinate volunteer groups as well as donations.

The Jackson County administration staff will move back into the administration building located at 2864 Madison Street on January 15th. Due to continued repairs and renovations, there will be no access to public restrooms.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is January 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the UF/IFAS building on Penn Ave. in Marianna.

Private Property Debris Removal, Right-of Entry

At this time, Jackson County will be removing the right-of-entry forms from the County website until a date is established that Private Property Debris Removal is allowed, and work begins to remove debris piled along the documented and named private roads. Once that date is established, Jackson County or one of it's representatives will be in contact with anyone that has debris piled on or along these private road right-of-ways. Such debris, once approved for pick up, will require an approved right-of-entry form signed at that time.Jackson County Logo - small

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November 30, 2018

Additional Town Hall Meetings Scheduled – Update on Temporary Housing

Marianna, FLA – Two additional Town Hall meetings are scheduled for the first of next week. Next week, Sneads Town Hall will be the location for the meeting, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. CST on Monday, December 3, 2018. The address for Sneads Town Hall is 2028 Third Ave., Sneads, FL.

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 the Graceville Civic Center will be the venue for the third Town Hall Meeting. That meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. CST at 5224 Brown Street, Graceville, FL.

As with the first Town Hall meeting, representatives from FEMA will be present as well as local officials. An update will be given on the debris removal process and the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tiffany Garling, will speak regarding disaster unemployment. The deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance is December 10, 2018.

In an effort to permit the residents of Jackson County to live in temporary housing due to the damage sustained from Hurricane Michael, the Board of County Commissioners is allowing the use of Recreational Vehicles (RVs) on premises for a period of 18 months.  The time period is effective November 20, 2018 through May 20, 2020.  This grace period will allow our residents to have shelter while repairing or rebuilding their homes.  All County property owners must register the RVs through Community Development by completing a Residential Development Order (RDO).  Once the RDO is approved a permit must be obtained through the Building Department.  The Board waived the fees for RDOs and permits for RVs as long as evidence of storm related damage is provided.  For information you may contact Community Development at 850-482-9367 or the Building Department at 850-482-9802. 

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