Politics

Florida to Appeal Obama Admin's Rejection of Hurricane Isaac Relief

By: Jim Turner | Posted: September 20, 2012 4:50 PM
Hurricane Isaac and Rick Scott

Wellington Florida after Hurricane Isaac hit, (left) and Gov. Rick Scott | Credit: Channel 5

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has fired off a letter objecting to the Obama administration’s rejection of disaster relief for the Sunshine State from Hurricane Isaac and upped the state’s request by adding additional expenses to the cost of the storm.

Scott also directed the state Department of Emergency Management to formally appeal the denial.

“In addition to the seven original counties requested, the appeal will also include Broward, Franklin and Martin counties, where estimated damage is now nearly $10 million,” Scott wrote Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.

“This brings the total statewide initial damage figure for the 10 counties to $36.7 million.”

The state had initially requested $26.8 million in aid for damages, mostly due to flooding, in Bay, Collier, Escambia, Monroe, Okaloosa, Palm Beach and Santa Rosa counties.

Fugate sent Scott a letter Wednesday indicating the state should be able to handle the flooding and damages from the August storm.

“Based on our review of all of the information available, it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments,” Fugate wrote. “Accordingly, we have determined that supplemental federal assistance is not necessary.”

The federal rejection came despite letters to President Obama on Sept. 12 backing the state’s request for a major disaster declaration from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar.

Florida’s county-by-county relief request

Bay: $2,968,392.

Collier: $1,331,371.

Escambia: $10,422,367.

Monroe: $888,098.

Okaloosa: $4,050,000.

Palm Beach: $6,017,636.

Santa Rosa: $1,201,000,

Broward: $6,117,418.

Franklin: $139,086.

Martin: $3,570,875.


Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry also called out President Obama for the relief rejection on Thursday.

"Earlier this week we learned that President Obama 'believes in redistribution,' but this doesn't seem to apply to Florida or the victims of Hurricane Isaac,” Curry stated in a release.

“Today it was reported that his administration denied Governor Scott's request on behalf of Florida for a federal disaster declaration, effectively cutting our state off from much needed FEMA aid. While the President seems to enjoy campaigning in Florida, he doesn't seem interested in the realities it's citizens face. I urge all Floridians to ask the President to "redistribute" some disaster aid to our fellow Floridians who need it today."





Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.



Comments (13)

lewis swanson
1:20PM SEP 23RD 2012
gov. scott is one of those so call, republican conservitive, thats conservitive as long as it doesn't affect him. he is like the rest of the republicans, they will take tax money anytime they can get it.
lewis swanson
1:20PM SEP 23RD 2012
gov. scott is one of those so call, republican conservitive, thats conservitive as long as it doesn't affect him. he is like the rest of the republicans, they will take tax money anytime they can get it.
lewis swanson
1:20PM SEP 23RD 2012
gov. scott is one of those so call, republican conservitive, thats conservitive as long as it doesn't affect him. he is like the rest of the republicans, they will take tax money anytime they can get it.
wbp
4:52PM SEP 22ND 2012
scott turned down federal money for teachers, the disabled, transportation, jobs and the environment, but now he wants a hand out.
did one of his friends get flooded out ?
lucy
5:26PM SEP 26TH 2012
I'm sure that is why all of a sudden he wants aid. He sure didn't want it before.
Frank
12:15PM SEP 22ND 2012
OK folks:

(1) Craig Fugate used to run Florida's Emergency Management Program - he's seen these flooding events (e.g. Irene) in the past

(2) FEMA criteria for declarations include a state determination that "the situation is beyond the combined capabilities of the State and local resources" - - - this one wasn't.

Only partisans attempt to make this a partisan issue.
LT Joyce
8:47AM SEP 21ST 2012
Why would Republicans use a political ideaology (redistribution) as a reason for why they should receive Federal Tax Dollars? Also, why don't we find out what the reason is for the rejection? Just saying...plus I still can't get over how Republicans would use Pres. Obama's redistribution ideaology to justify their demands, lol. Weird...just weird.
Flo
5:31PM SEP 20TH 2012
Any of these folks ever heard of insurance?
JG
5:20PM SEP 20TH 2012
Guess Mr. Obama is writing Florida off.
Sharron
10:52AM SEP 23RD 2012
Looks like he is doing that for sure... How is he still ahead of Romney are the people in that state AS CRAZY as Mr, Obama is....Time to impeach him is NOW.....
Freeman
12:51AM OCT 1ST 2012
Wrong
Carlos Iglesias
5:20PM SEP 20TH 2012
How ironic for a Republican Governor who prides himself on fiscal bonafides to demand tax dollar largesse and want to suckle the teat of Federal Nursemaid.
Franklin Thompson
11:03PM SEP 20TH 2012
Jerk!! What do you think FEMA is for?

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