The state of Florida is appealing a denial of federal aid for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The federal government says the state and counties should be able to shoulder the cost of repairing beaches eroded by the storm.
But Florida is appealing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try and get $45 million in relief money.
Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon says, although the storm did not directly hit Florida, South Florida beaches suffered significant erosion.
Friday marks the end of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. It produced nineteen storms with three hitting Florida.
For the past few years, Atlantic air currents have saved Florida from severe hurricanes. That’s according to Erik Salna with the International Hurricane Research Center at Florida International University.
“So many storms have been formed, but so many of them stayed off shore because they all curved away from the U.S coast line.” Salna said.