St. Lucie County's $9.5 million claim for Hurricane Irma beach repairs denied by FEMA


    FEMA has denied St. Lucie County's $9.5 million claim for Hurricane Irma beach repairs. (CBS12 News)<p>{/p}

    St. Lucie County is scrambling to come up with nearly $15 million dollars for beach repairs now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has decided to take back their offer to pay for most of a beach repair project.

    According to TC Palm, originally, $22 million dollars was needed for a re-nourishment project of south-county beaches, that amount includes a $12.7 million cost for damages caused by Hurricane Irma.

    FEMA was going to provide $9.5 million, the Army Corps of Engineers $8 million, and the county and state would have split the remaining $3.2 million cost.

    However, once FEMA found out about the money coming from the Army Corps of Engineers, they rescinded the money they had promised, citing federal policy prohibits more than one federal agency funding a project.

    St. Lucie County now has until 2021 to come up with the $14.8 million dollar balance.


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