Although Hurricane Sandy did not directly hit Palm Beach County, the storm was still able to cause $24 million in damage, the Palm Beach Post reported. Last Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott asked President Barack Obama to declare that a “major disaster” exists in South and Coastal Florida as a result of the storm – allowing local governments to recoup at least 75 percent repair costs. Statewide, the storm caused an estimated $67.2 million in damage.
“What we have seen is significant erosion throughout most of the county,” Rob Robbins, the director of the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, said.
Publicly owned beaches and oceanfront structures in Lantana, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Ocean Ridge sustained $9.1 million in damage, and Palm Beach County’s beaches suffered an estimated $5.7 million in storm damage. [Palm Beach Post] —Christopher Cameron