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

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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 for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »