FEMA wants to keep $11 million designated to Collier for hurrricanes

Five years ago, Chockoloskee, Florida was ground zero for Hurricane Wilma .
South of Everglades City, appeared to have suffered the most damage from Hurricane Wilma.  People could be seen milling about the island, cleaning up the remains of structures strewn about the island.  Michel Fortier/Staff

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Five years ago, Chockoloskee, Florida was ground zero for Hurricane Wilma . South of Everglades City, appeared to have suffered the most damage from Hurricane Wilma. People could be seen milling about the island, cleaning up the remains of structures strewn about the island. Michel Fortier/Staff

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants Collier to give up more than $11 million in payments made to the county after Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina.

And Collier County wants it back.

Commissioners approved pursuing the recovery of the FEMA funds and will provide $100,000 in initial funding for the technical, legal and professional resources to support that recovery effort.

Nick Casalanguida, the county's Growth Management Administrator, said the county is not alone and is part of $80 million to $110 million in funds FEMA is seeking to recover from those storms.

Collier County was approved for $31 million in recovery funds from FEMA, but only received $20 million, he said. It is that remaining $11 million FEMA is looking to keep, he said.

Commissioner Georgia Hiller asked whether the county would see an effect on the funds it would recover following Hurricane Isaac and Tropical Storm Faye if it fought FEMA's request.

Bob Seibert, the Florida Division of Emergency Management's deputy public assistance officer, said FEMA treats each storm individually and the county should see no effect on any current or future disaster funds applications.

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August8 writes:

Obama, at it again. Guess he wants $$$$$ for another Solyndra.

1Paradiselost writes:

Send the money to Louisiana, they are recovering from a hurricane. We don't need it...Yet!

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