On Thursday, January 17, 2013, Governor Rick Scott received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied disaster assistance to Florida’s communities due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance on November 1, 2012 for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy on October 24-26, 2012. Florida sustained $44.9 million in damage to infrastructure and beaches.
“We are disappointed in FEMA’s denial of our appeal of federal disaster assistance to aid Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Scott.
The original request for federal assistance was denied by FEMA on November 29, 2012 and on December 19, 2012 Governor Scott filed an appeal. The denial received on January 17 is in response to the final appeal allowed by FEMA.
“Beaches are an essential element in Florida’s economy. We are frustrated by the inconsistency in policy regarding funding beach damages by FEMA. This denial places a burden on the already fiscally constrained counties,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director
Bryan W. Koon.
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