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FEMA Rejects Sandy Disaster Assistance For Fla.

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In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

In this handout satellite image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Sandy churns off the coast of Florida. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

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Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied disaster assistance for areas of the state damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management reports that Gov. Rick Scott received notification of the denial Thursday.

Scott requested federal assistance on Nov. 1 for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 24-26. Officials say Florida sustained $44.9 million in damage to infrastructure and beaches.

The original request for federal assistance was denied by FEMA on Nov. 29. Scott filed an appeal Dec. 19, which was denied this week.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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