Florida Man, Mike Esmond Settles Utility Bills of Some Struggling Families For the second Year Running

Mike Esmond of Gulf Stream, Florida showed a very positive character by paying off $7,600 worth of outstanding…
Florida Man, Mike Esmond Settles Utility Bills of Some Struggling Families For the second Year Running

Mike Esmond of Gulf Stream, Florida showed a very positive character by paying off $7,600 worth of outstanding utility bills for 114 of his neighbors who were facing cut-off deadlines, and this is not the first time.

In 2019, Esmond launched this generous tradition of his by giving out $4,600 to ensure the needy members of the community wouldn’t go without basic services during the holiday season.

In a CNN interview, the 74-year-old said:

This year to me probably is more meaningful than last year with the pandemic and all the people out of work having to stay home. Hurricane Sally slammed us pretty good and hurt a lot of people. We still have a lot of the blue roofs here, where they’re just covered with tarps.

Mike Esmond

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As the owner of Gulf Breeze Pools and Spas, Esmond admits he found himself in a very different financial position at the end of 2020 than those less fortunate. While the COVID-19 lockdown left many people struggling, it also meant they were staying home—which proved to be a boon to his business.

“We’ve had a good year, and that’s why I want to share what I have with the people who need it,” he said.

In an interview with CBS, he said:

You can imagine people this time of the year that know they’re behind on their bills, when they get this envelope and when they open it up, it’s a Christmas card from the City of Gulf Breeze telling them that Gulf Breeze Pools has paid their utility bill and that’s one less stressful thing that you have to worry about.

Esmond

Since Esmond hit the headlines, many of his folks have reached out to him to assist his vision; however, he feels they should invest this monies closer to their homes.

I’ve had people call me out of California, Chicago, Tampa, saying that they wanted to send some money. I said, No, take the money, go do what I did. Start this in your own communities.’ It’s something I can see that we could really pass on and make Christmases better for people in the future.

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