The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the City of New Bern a $5,629,986.75 million grant to repair damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center from Hurricane Florence.

Senator Thom Tillis’ office met with officials from the city of New Bern on the funding request and pushed FEMA to award the grant.

“New Bern suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Florence, including severe damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center,” Tillis said. “I am proud to have worked with the city of New Bern to advocate this grant so we can begin repairs to this important community staple.”

The facility was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence and has been close since September 2018.

It was an integral part of nearby neighborhoods as well as sports programs city-wise.

Because of the location’s propensity to flooding, there was some talk about the facility closing for good and a new facility being built elsewhere, something that has not sit well with communities surrounding Stanley White RC.

This grant money seems to stiffen the city’s resolve to keep Stanley White RC where it is.

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