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DeSantis Announces Buyouts For At-Risk Homes Damaged By Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma in 2017. Image Credit: NOAA/CIRA

Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged $44 million to help 11 local governments buy out high-risk homes that were damaged by Hurricane Irma. 

Palm Bay in Brevard County will get $684,000. 

The money will help local governments buy out willing owners of homes that were damaged by Hurricane Irma and are situated in flood-prone locations. 

Local governments also can put the money toward a Federal Emergency Management Agency program aimed at making infrastructure more resilient to future disasters. 

Monroe County, which encompasses the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park, got the most money at $15 million. 

Marathon, also in the Florida Keys, got $5 million. Jacksonville and the Clay County Department of Emergency Management got $5 million. 

Irma in 2017 is estimated to have generated more than $11 billion in insurance claims statewide. 

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Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »