Manatee County Hosts Community Conversation with Town of Myakka Residents Regarding Storm Recovery

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (WWSB) – More than two dozen county and FEMA officials were in attendance Thursday night in Myakka City for a community conversation at Myakka City Elementary School. It’s Manatee County’s way of saying that these residents will not be forgotten as they recover from Hurricane Ian.

“Now we’re well into recovery and it’s important to let people know we’re here,” said Manatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes. “And that we bring the government of Manatee County to the people of Myakka.”

This gathering gives residents the opportunity to ask questions and have their voices heard about their needs. Current problems that many residents face are contaminated well water and lots of debris. Deby Boyette is one of those residents whose house was damaged.

“It’s so important to be down to earth and talk to people who actually live here,” Boyette said. “Find out what the individual concerns are here, my concerns are totally different from my neighbor’s.”

Manatee County says it provided many resources, including showers and laundry facilities, water and food, and more.

“What they are doing is wonderful work and we need to continue these resources for families here, probably the most important resources now are helping clean up,” said Pepper Sellars, a Myakka City resident and executive director of the city of Myakka. Community Center.

Manatee County officials said they will continue to communicate with residents. They say they plan to hold one of these events again in the near future.

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