The story of this city’s struggle with the Federal Emergency Management Agency would almost be funny if it didn’t combine such a large sum of money with the majestically slow pace of bureaucracy.
In 2004 and 2005, when hurricanes Frances, Jeanne and Wilma struck South Florida, Lake Worth received $26.5 million in aid from FEMA for substantial damage to city property, including its beach. The money was to help pay for picking up debris and making repairs to public property. FEMA contractors were on hand after the hurricane to help city workers properly record tons of debris and hundreds of hours of overtime.
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