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LETTER FROM MAYOR DIANE VELTRI BENDEKOVIC 

TO:   Residents of Plantation
DATE:   November 21, 2017

As life within our City, and throughout the Gulf States area, returns to some sense of normal, we can put another difficult and demanding Hurricane Season behind us.

While we were lucky South Florida was spared a direct hit from not one – but THREE – Category 4/5 hurricanes, we have to only look a few hundred miles away to see how fortunate we are, and how devastating it could have been.

It is important to remember that recovery efforts, and the needs associated with them, will go on for a long time, especially for our friends and family in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. To help, we must also think long term. I have often said that the City of Plantation is known for its warm hospitality and its spirit of volunteerism and generosity. So I encourage you to please remember those who are not as fortunate as ourselves, and if you can, to support your favorite charitable organization during the coming Holiday Season.

DEBRIS REMOVAL         

The City’s contracted debris haulers are completing the second run throughout Plantation to remove hurricane debris.  Most of the debris will be picked up by November 30.

RESERVE ACCOUNT REPLENISHMENT

As Mayor, it is my fiduciary responsibility to inform City Council if there is a dramatic reduction in the City’s Reserve accounts.

While the City will qualify for reimbursement of its expenditures from Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the reimbursement will not cover 100 percent of the costs and may take as long as five years to recoup.

At Council’s request, I, along with members of the Administration and Finance departments, presented various scenarios to help replenish the City reserve accounts, as well as methods for collecting the revenue, to City Council for review and discussion at the November 8 meeting. However, no decisions were made at that time.  The presentation was purely informative and for discussion purposes.

FEMA REIMBURSEMENT

The majority of the City’s reserves replenishment source will be FEMA reimbursement. FEMA requires detailed documentation for reimbursement on storm costs.  Presently, the City of Plantation is preparing all necessary forms for submittal. Documentation is sent to the State of Florida to review and process.  Based on past experience, it could take five to six years to receive FEMA reimbursement.  (Iit took 5 years to receive the reimbursement from Wilma.)

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