ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott visited St. Augustine to encourage people to visit the historic community following Hurricane Matthew. Governor Scott will also be meeting with families and businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew this afternoon and is calling on President Obama to approve Florida’s entire request for a major disaster declaration. Last week, the federal government only approved portions of the Governor’s request and has not yet approved funding for individual assistance or for permanent work to roads, parks and government buildings in local communities.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Since Hurricane Matthew impacted our state, I have continued to travel along Florida’s east coast meeting with Floridians who were affected by this storm.  Many families and businesses have lost everything. Homes were destroyed, businesses have shut down and are unable to pay their employees, roads are torn up and many of our beaches have suffered severe erosion. I am very disappointed that President Obama has not yet approved our entire request for a major disaster declaration.  We are waiting on the President to approve funding to help families and businesses pay for things like temporary housing, home repairs and living expenses. Today I was in St. Johns County and while many people are trying to rebuild, they need this key federal funding so they can start the process. At the state level, we are helping our communities any way we can and I am going to continue to fight for every available resource from the federal government so our families and businesses can get back to normal. I am going to continue to call on the President to help our state because Floridians deserve nothing less. I hope President Obama approves our request today.”



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