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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Federal emergency officials say they won't release information from a survey of people who had home inspections after last year's hurricanes.
The News-Press of Fort Myers had asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the data, which was seeking information on how well the victims of hurricanes thought FEMA performed its job, under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
A federal judge ruled earlier this month that FEMA does not have to give newspapers the names of people who received hurricane aid. That decision came in a lawsuit filed by The News-Press, Pensacola News Journal and Florida Today, all owned by Gannett Inc., after FEMA had refused to disclose who received assistance and how much each person got. The newspapers are considering an appeal.
Originally posted by TetraSpace5
Your right some people got help and money and others are at their wits end still waiting.
I'm from the area.... (Northshore) I've seen the struggle. It's really just a big mess. All the help is so unorganized and no one on the southshore (New Orleans) can get any building permits. My area has more than tripled in population. You can't buy a house anywhere all real estate is taken and the prices have sky rocketed. Landlords were kicking renters out who missed pay while they were evacuated so they could sell their places at top dollar, making more homeless. We can't support the overflow of traffic and the Slidell area is starting to get prostitution problems with pimps moving their women down to the area from Houston for the all workers. Nothing is the same....It's a hard transition.....I took in a good friend who lost her place while she was evacuated and it has not been easy.