It's part of the Panama City Parks and Recreation Department's "Retree PC" initiative. 

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 29, 2019
Couple Planting Tree
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Some super sapling news to report from Panama City: This Saturday, the Panama City Parks and Recreation Department gave out around 500 free trees to residents, completely free of charge. Officials are hoping to begin the process of replacing the hundreds of thousands of trees that were snapped in half like toothpicks and completely destroyed by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

In order to claim a tree, residents simply showed a copy of their water bill as proof of their residency. Those who participated in the program were allowed to pick from a variety of trees that are native to the Florida region.

"I think it's a sign of hope and healing. I mean, isn't that what we all need right now?" said Ty Farris, the Panama City Parks and Recreation Manager, to WMBB-TV, a news station based in Panama City, Florida.

This weekend's efforts are part of the "Retree PC" initiative that hopes to plant 100,000 trees in the next five years. Watch the full news segment below.

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Panama City and the surrounding areas still have so much rebuilding to do. We hope this project brings a hopeful sense of renewal around the Florida Panhandle.