Florida Appeals Denial of Federal Disaster Aid for Isaac Damage

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appealing the federal government’s decision to deny additional aid for damage caused by Hurricane Isaac last month. Scott is also asking for more aid than originally requested.

On Sept. 19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Scott’s request that President Barack Obama issue a disaster declaration.

Florida’s initial request of $26.8 million was for public assistance for Bay, Collier, Escambia, Monroe, Okaloosa, Palm Beach and Santa Rosa counties.

In its appeal Florida is also also including Broward, Franklin and Martin counties, where estimated damage is now nearly $10 million.

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

“We agree with the request of Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings who also sent a letter to the President on September 12, 2012 expressing their support for the major disaster declaration,” Scott wrote in his appeal to FEMA.