Video: FEMA denies Florida $70M federal assistance after Sandy seriously eroded beaches

Federal money will not help restore Florida beaches battered by Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying a state request for more than $70 million in assistance. Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties asked for more than $32 million combined, but were all denied. WPTV video … Click here to read more

Video: Martin County beach renourishment projects in the works

WPTV reports that the damage has been totaled along Martin County’s coastline from the waves of Hurricane Sandy at $6.3 million worth, according to the county. Much of that is damage from beach erosion. For video … Click here to read more

Bloomberg: Taxpayers need break from underwater flood insurance

According to Bloomberg View, it’s no surprise that Florida, with its vast coastline, is where more than a third of the 5.6 million flood policies have been sold. Hurricane Sandy is forcing a re-evaluation of climate change, seawalls and the nation’s power grid. It should also prompt a re-examination of federal flood insurance. … Click here to read more

Video: State of Emergency still in effect in Martin County

WPTV reports that crews continue to work Sunday on strengthening the shoreline at Bathtub Reef Beach on Hutchinson Island. A state of emergency was declared Wednesday ahead of impact by Hurricane Sandy. Officials tell us there was a breach in the dune on Friday that caused ocean water to pour into the parking lot and onto MacArthur Boulevard. Since then the road has been shut down and is only open to local traffic. … Click here to read more