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Atwater blasts BP claims czar remarks as ‘dismissive’ of needy Floridians

by Dara Kam | August 18th, 2010

Senate President Jeff Atwater called BP claims czar Ken Feinberg’s observation that things appear to be back to normal in the Panhandle premature and “dismissive of Floridians.”

Atwater, who’s running for chief financial officer against Democrat Loranne Ausley, issued a press release in response to a story today in The Palm Beach Post in which Feinberg said that Northwest Florida fishermen may not be eligible for the full six months of emergency payments other businesses may be entitled to when he takes over BP’s maligned claims system at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

“Despite incomplete data about the threats facing the people of our state, Ken Feinberg was quoted today saying that ‘I’m watching on TV. The beaches look fabulous.’ These remarks came as he seemed dismissive of Floridians who are seeking financial relief. Understanding the serious problems facing Floridians along the Gulf takes more than watching television, and our beaches are not the only place in Florida facing the threat,” Atwater said in a statement issued by his campaign.

Feinberg, appointed by BP and President Barack Obama to handle claims for individuals and businesses harmed by the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil blast, made his remarks at a meeting in Pensacola on Tuesday, the same day several academic institutions refuted federal officials’ contention that most of the oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico has disappeared.

“Our state has a unique and precious marine ecosystem, and scientists are still reporting that this ecosystem is in trouble. Just today, some of the best and brightest researchers at the University of South Florida said between 70 and 79 percent of all the oil that was spilled is under the surface and still causing ecological damage,” Atwater wrote. “For BP or the federal government to cut and run now would only create another catastrophe.”

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One Response to “Atwater blasts BP claims czar remarks as ‘dismissive’ of needy Floridians”

  1. Unreal Says:

    Lets add the rest of the Florida legislature to the ‘don’t care about the panhandle’ list. They have talked about a special session to give some of us relief, but it appears they have no intention to do so. The population of the panhandle is relatively small and with an election cycle now, the pols in Florida have other things on their mind.
    And remember it was that rocket scientist Crist and his lackey Sole who opened up fishing waters early without adequate information. They tested a whole 35 fish to determine whether we were clear or not.
    All Tallahassee cares about is our revenue and that’s it, and opening up our waters to receive a few drops of money, is ridiculous.

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