Hurricane Relief Refund

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Gulf Shores have been told
that government auditors want the city to return nearly $9.8 million used for cleanup after Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has scrutinized city records for more than a year. On Thursday, Gulf Shores received official notice that the government's auditors have recommended that the Federal Emergency Management Agency seek repayment of $9.73 million paid to the city for debris cleanup after Ivan plus $65,526 in interest earned on part of the money.

City Administrator Steve Garman says Gulf Shores will send a group to Clanton in late April to meet with FEMA officials.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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