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Man pays utility bills for 36 families about to lose heat over the holidays
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of, December 19, 2019
Posted: January 6th, 2020

Decades ago when Mike Esmond was raising his young family, they struggled to pay their heating bill. Decades later, he was reminded of that very cold Christmas as he opened his gas and water bill earlier this month. He noticed the due date was Dec. 26. That made something pop into my mind, that people have to pay these bills by Dec. 26, he said. If they dont pay them, theyre going to be disconnected, and theyre not going have gas or water for the holidays. As that realization dawned on him, Esmond decided to take action. Now a 73-year-old successful business owner, he was in a comfortable position to help. He went to the city of Gulf Breeze, Florida where he lives and asked them to put together a list of all the people that were slated to have their gas and water shut off by that Dec. 26 date. Esmond said they told him a total of 36 families needed his help, so he decided to pay off their bills for around $4,600. When I did this, I didnt even know that the city was going to do what they did! he laughed. The ladies in the billing department actually used their computers to make up a Christmas card and they sent it out to all the people that were expecting their gas to be disconnected. The card wished folks a happy holidays on the front in cheerful red and green, but it was the note on the inside that has struck a chord: It is our honor and privilege to inform you that your past due utility bill has been paid by Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas. You can rest easier this holiday season knowing you have one less bill to pay.

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