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Leon County Commission plans on trying to speed up rebuilding process after tornado

People living in a local neighborhood are wondering how soon they'll be able to repair or rebuild their homes
Posted: 6:53 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 22:53:21Z
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LEON COUNTY, Fla. — It's been eight days since a tornado ravaged one Leon County community.

People living in that neighborhood are wondering how soon they'll be able to repair or rebuild their homes.

Rebuilding or repairing a home can take months. That process could take even longer for some in the Baum community.

"A lot of us contractors already have work lined up for the next few months, so they might be a couple months away from even getting started," said Bryce Hall with Dion Builders.

There is hope, however. Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier says the county has a plan to help speed up the process.

"We are looking at waiving permit fees and allowing people to start construction without a permit, so they can really get back on their feet as quickly as possible," said Dozier.

A normal rebuild or repair permit takes about 9 to 10 days to process, but Leon County hopes to be able to allow these permits to be expedited.

"Our staff will work with the homeowners as they work through this process, so this is something we have done with past storms," said Dozier.

There is one hurdle. These measures have to be approved by the County Commission on Tuesday night, but Commissioner Dozier doesn't think that will be a problem.

"I have no doubt that the county commission will approve the elements we can do locally," said Dozier.

Even with the efforts to speed up the process, Dozier reminds people that rebuilding ultimately takes time.

Leon County is also hoping Governor Ron DeSantis will declare the tornado a disaster so the county can receive extra funds and help.