Gov. Scott wants Brevard declared disaster area

Florida governor urges President Obama to provide more federal funding

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who inspected Hurricane Matthew damage at Port Canaveral on Tuesday, urged President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster for Brevard County and other areas in the state.

Disaster declarations make local governments eligible for federal aid with storm cleanup and make residents and businesses of those areas eligible for aid. Some counties in Florida were designated federal disaster areas while others weren't.

"We don't have individual assistance, so those that are waiting for home repairs, for temporary housing, things like that, we are still waiting for the president to say, 'This was a disaster,'" Scott said. "This was clearly a disaster. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it."

Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill at Port Canaveral suffered at least $500,000 in hurricane damage and it will take a few months to open up the upper deck of the restaurant. About 40 people have been laid off temporarily because of the damages, said Rich Hensel, co-owner of Fishlips.

"It doesn't make any sense to me that Brevard is not approved," Scott told News 6 partner Florida Today after a tour of Fishlips.

After Port Canaveral, Scott went to Cocoa and met with first responders to thank them for their assistance with Hurricane Matthew.

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