Hurricane Irma hit Florida with a force greater than any hurricane we’ve seen in the last century.

 

And she has left severe damage in her wake.

From Key West to Jacksonville, all you have to do is look down your street — if you can get access to it — or scroll through your newsfeed to see the mind-boggling path of destruction that Irma traveled.

In the coming days and months, we will help our neighbors, our business community, our churches and schools restore what has been lost.

Our police and fire, utility workers and military are leading the effort to restore safety and normalcy to our lives. And we will remain ever grateful for their service.

Irma has served as yet another reminder that hope is ever present in our communities and that the opportunity to do the right thing abounds.

GOV. SCOTT’S STRONG LEADERSHIP

The leadership of Gov. Rick Scott cannot be overlooked as we begin to recover from the destruction.

Lives were saved because of the governor’s leadership, and Floridians can move forward with confidence in his strategic and consistent approach to governing.

Every state in our nation should be so fortunate.

Irma is gone now.

And some of us were spared the horrific flooding and winds that she unleashed.

But for many Floridians, the transition back to their daily routine will take great effort.

And that’s OK.

Floridians are strong.

We are resilient.

And together, we will rebuild.

State Rep. Jay Fant

Fant represents House District 15, which includes parts of Jacksonville.