TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT: Irma is long gone but her visit may cost Florida for years to come

Tallahassee Democrat: Written by James Call. October 9, 2017.

Irma will impact the state budget.

Legislative and business leaders are trying to figure just how much after the storm knee-capped agriculture and tourism — two vital legs of Florida's economy.

Six business leaders Monday briefed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Hurricane Irma’s impact on the Florida economy.

Lawmakers are in Tallahassee for the first week of presession committee meetings. Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, chairs Commerce and said lawmakers need to know how much damage Irma did.

“When any event has an impact on the whole state of Florida like Irma did financially,” Montford explained when talking about the panel he assembled. “We have to have a full understanding so that the Legislature can stand with local governments, businesses, and citizens on the road to recovery.”

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