FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After President Obama won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) -- Florida officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied disaster assistance for areas of the state damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management reports that Gov. Rick Scott received notification of the denial Thursday.
Scott requested federal assistance on Nov. 1 for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 24-26. Officials say Florida sustained $44.9 million in damage to infrastructure and beaches.
The original request for federal assistance was denied by FEMA on Nov. 29. Scott filed an appeal Dec. 19, which was denied this week.