After viewing damage to Jacksonville's from the air on Friday, Gov. Rick Scott was back Sunday to walk the beach with the mayors of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach.
Hurricane Matthew stayed offshore, but its storm surge pounded the coastline and nearly obliterated the dunes up and down the beach.
Scott said he was working with the Army Corps of Engineers to get resources to refurbish area beaches. He said Jacksonville wasn't hit as hard as St. Johns and Flagler counties.
"I was down in St. Augustine Beach and I saw the homes that, basically, they lost their beach," Scott said. They’ve got to worry about their foundations down there."
Beaches officials thanked Scott for the responsiveness of state officials getting pumps, bridge inspections and other resources quickly. Scott had given the mayors his phone number and they were impressed he answered their calls personally.
Scott continues to push for more Federal Emergency Management Funds. President Barack Obama has made Duval and seven other counties eligible for disaster aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved aid to the state and local governments for debris removal and emergency protective measures. A request for additional federal disaster aid for individuals and businesses and federal aid to repair roads and other public structures is pending.
"We didn’t get the entire federal declaration. We got part. We didn’t get the individual declaration and the one for government buildings," Scott said. "We will continue to work as long was we fit in their parameters. We will do everything we can to make sure we get the federal declaration for that. We want to make sure we get reimbursed. We all pay our taxes to the federal government. We want to make sure we get reimbursed the same way."
The governor also said he’s been working with school districts to get help to the schools that opened up as shelters. He's offering the Florida National Guard to help clean up the schools that were used.