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Rick Scott to tour storm damage in St. Johns County Thursday

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will return to Northeast Florida for the second time in less than 48 hours Thursday, with a morning tour of storm damage at St. Johns County beaches.

St. Johns’ beaches were pummeled by Matthew in 2016, and Irma last week.

On Tuesday, Scott was in Orange Park, where he held a roundtable with Clay County officials about hurricane response, ascertaining needs.

That roundtable was a follow up on a tour of flood-ravaged Black Creek in the days after Irma.

Expect a similar action after this particular visit.

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Earlier this week, State Rep. Cyndi Stevenson noted in an interview with us that St. Johns County was still awaiting Matthew reimbursements from FEMA.

With federal hurricane relief apparently set to course toward Florida, perhaps those reimbursements for the last two storms will emerge soon enough to provide clarity for the fast-growing county’s next budget.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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