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CFO Alex Sink Requests New Escrow Claims Facility Be Located in Florida

6/18/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2010
CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842


CFO ALEX SINK REQUESTS NEW ESCROW CLAIMS FACILITY BE LOCATED IN FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE—Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Kenneth Feinberg, the independent claims administrator for the new $20 billion escrow account for Gulf oil spill claims from BP, requesting that the new claims facility be located in Northwest Florida. 

“Today, I am writing to request that you locate the new facility strategically in Northwest Florida,” wrote CFO Sink. “In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, a Northwest Florida facility would enable you to hire Floridians and Gulf Coast residents affected by this disaster while also boosting the regional economy.”

A copy of the letter follows below:

June 18, 2010

Mr. Kenneth Feinberg
Willard Office Building
1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 390
Washington, DC 20004-1008

Dear Mr. Feinberg:

After weeks of calling for a change in the way BP handles claims, the announcement of a new, independent process mandating fairer, faster, and more transparent claims resolutions could not come soon enough for me.  It is vital for our small business owners to get the cash they need now.  In addition to closely monitoring the progress and speed of these claims, I will continue to fight for our small business owners in Florida, who are facing environmental and economic damages through no fault of their own. 

Today, I am writing to request that you locate the new facility strategically in Northwest Florida. In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, a Northwest Florida facility would enable you to hire Floridians and Gulf Coast residents affected by this disaster while also boosting the regional economy.

I am happy to assist in securing a location to meet the needs of your operation.  Thank you for your serious consideration.

Sincerely,

Alex Sink

cc:        Mr. Michael Blake