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Fishkind Conversations: How Will $19.1B Federal Disaster Relief Bill Help Florida?


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Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and the surrounding area leaving severe damage through its path. The storm sustained winds up to 150 mph, which significantly damaged every structure throughout the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and the surrounding area leaving severe damage through its path. The storm sustained winds up to 150 mph, which significantly damaged every structure throughout the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

The long-delayed $19.1 billion federal disaster relief bill is now law. It includes $2.4 billion for areas hit by Hurricane Michael last October, like the Panhandle towns of Mexico Beach and Panama City, and $1 billion to help rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base.

Economic analyst Hank Fishkind praises aid from FEMA and Florida’s government in the immediate aftermath of Michael.

But he tells 90.7’s Nicole Darden Creston why the new federal package, while very welcome news, may be too little, too late.

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Nicole Darden Creston

About Nicole Darden Creston

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from ... Read Full Bio »

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