The city of Panama City celebrated a recovery milestone on Wednesday. They received their first approval of funding from FEMA. Though a small amount, Mayor Greg Brudnicki said it’s a symbol of more to come. Early this month the city submitted grant proposals for $25 million for emergency protection and debris removal costs. Wednesday, they were notified they are to receive just over $1.8 million for emergency protective measures. The city currently faces more $100 million in debris bills alone. “We know that the total cost for the city from all the devastation will be a whole lot more than we are getting today but this is a start of getting funds,” said Mayor Greg Brudnicki. President Trump recently expanded the federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures to 100 percent for the first 45 days from hurricane Michael’s landfall. The requests prior to this announcement will be adjusted to reflect the full amount.