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.