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Florida Man Pays Off Utility Bills for Dozens of Struggling Families for the Second Year in a Row

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In yet another bid to rebrand himself in a more positive light, this week Florida Man made the news as a good Samaritan once again (okay, if you ignore the story about him snatching that stray golf ball off the back of an alligator).

In a true humanitarian gesture, Mike Esmond of Gulf Stream, Florida paid off $7,600-worth of outstanding utility bills for 114 of his neighbors who were facing cut-off deadlines.

It's not the first time.

Last year, Esmond launched his generous Christmas tradition by doling out $4,600 to ensure community members in need wouldn't go without basic services during the holiday season.

"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," the 74-year-old said in CNN interview reported by People.

"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."


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