The widespread storm damage from Hurricane Michael that hit the northwest part of Florida with 155 mph winds in October 2018 has prompted state representatives to submit over 100 proposals seeking funding during the next legislative session. Their various proposals as of the middle of February have added up to close to $500 million.

Among the proposals are $21 million for municipal operations in Panama City as well as $6.25 million for road infrastructure in Bay County. The heavily damaged pier in Mexico Beach also produced a request for $8.5 million. A legislator has prepared proposals that add up to $387 million. His requests focus on repairs for Florida State University campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City and two years of funding for Bay District schools. Large losses to residential areas lowered the population in that district and forced it to close three schools although district officials hope to open them when people return to the area.

In addition to taxpayer-funded initiatives, hurricane recovery in the state relies on insurance coverage. According to the state Office of Insurance Regulation, Hurricane Michael has so far produced nearly 150,000 claims for an estimated $5.6 billion in insured losses.

With so many individuals affected by the storm throughout the state, insurance companies might make mistakes when processing claims or purposefully delay settlements. People whose homeowners' insurance claims have been delayed or denied in bad faith or otherwise could benefit from legal representation because an attorney could analyze the applicable insurance contracts and identify strategies for seeking appropriate compensation.

Source: WCTV , "Hurricane budget proposals continue piling up", Feb. 18, 2019

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