Scott To Appeal FEMA’s Denial Of Local Hurricane Isaac Claims

September 24, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott’s office will appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to deny the state — and Escambia and Santa Rosa counties — a major presidential disaster declaration for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac, which skirted the state in late August,

FEMA notified Florida on Wednesday that it was rejecting the application, meaning no federal funds to cover $11 million in damage in Escambia County and $1.2 million in Santa Rosa County.

In notifying FEMA of the state’s intent to appeal, Scott also said in a letter to FEMA Director Craig Fugate that the state was expanding its request for a major disaster declaration by adding Broward, Franklin and Martin counties, where Scott said damage estimates are more than $9.8 million. The original seven counties in the request are Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Collier, Monroe, Okaloosa and Palm Beach.

Scott said in his letter that the total statewide damage figure for all 10 counties is now $36.7 million.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.


9 Responses to “Scott To Appeal FEMA’s Denial Of Local Hurricane Isaac Claims”

  1. just tired on September 25th, 2012 2:08 am

    Rick Scott is truly an ideal representative of a Republican.

  2. robert whitton on September 24th, 2012 6:09 pm

    any money spent here in the USA is welcome in my book. I dont care who gets it. If it is received in the states it is circulated here. If not here it goes to our enemies across the ocean.

  3. keke on September 24th, 2012 5:52 pm


  4. Rufus Lowgun on September 24th, 2012 4:34 pm

    Why don’t you use some of that money you cut from education, Gov. Voldemort? Or maybe some of that money the state was going to save by drug testing people getting unemployment?

  5. SW on September 24th, 2012 1:30 pm

    He should not have asked for the money, to begin with. That being said:

    At this point, the Governor should expel all federal offices from the state, beginning with FEMA; then, stop all federal money from coming into the state; finally, stop all money going to the federal government. I would advocate the return of any FL National Guard troops back to FL and refuse to let them be under federal control.

    Just sayin’. That would be called exercising the Tenth Amendment sovereignty.

  6. PSU1Earl on September 24th, 2012 1:28 pm

    So, we want 11 million to replace sand that will be washed away again with the next storm, and then want another 11 million? Doesn’t this seem ridiculous? Scott’s reason for not taking the high speed rail money is because Florida could not support the cost of it in the future, but if we get this money for the sand its okay to ask for it again, because Florida can’t support replacing it in the future? 36.7 million for 10 counties… that seems odd for a storm that did not put out much rain on Florida and really didn’t get that close…

  7. deBugger on September 24th, 2012 8:25 am

    Pink Slip Rick in 2014. Send Skeletor packing.

  8. kenny on September 24th, 2012 5:05 am

    Why do republicans act like they never want to take goverment money and always talk about the deficit, and then turn right around and beg FEMA for the same goverment money they just where saying we don’t need we have to control spending. Well there’s your goverment spending reduction Rick Scott you where denied now your a big Republican that doesn’t need Washington’s money so fix all those county’s damage yourself with your tax cuts and your privatization of all your goverment programs your an idiot Rick just like most republicans.

  9. huh on September 24th, 2012 2:31 am

    So Scott wants a free government handout, while complaining about people taking handouts and socialism. Which is it Scott? You can’t do both, either you are ok with taking government money and social projects Or you shouldn’t take the money if you really stand for being Conservative

    You can’t really take this money and then complain about the deficit

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