CFO Alex Sink Statement on the Gulf Coast Recovery Plan
CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jayme O’Rourke, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink offered the following statement regarding the release of the Gulf Coast Recovery Plan:
“A long-term plan is critical to the recovery of the Gulf Coast, and I am pleased that Secretary Mabus has taken the first steps toward constructing this plan for our affected region. Directing BP’s Clean Water Act fines to directly assist Floridians, protecting and restoring our beautiful coast, and creating long-term tourism and seafood marketing are essential steps to restoring Florida’s economy. The commitment to helping affected Floridians and our environment must not end with this year’s summer season.
“It is especially important that Florida has access to these funds to help restore the vibrant natural resources which are integral to the economic, civic and emotional health of the people all along our Gulf Coast. Also, Florida’s taxpayers should not have to pay for impacts from the oil spill borne by our tourism-dependent small businesses and our overall economy. I applaud Secretary Mabus’ call for the immediate establishment of a federal task force that will begin coordinating efforts to ensure the recovery and protection of our region’s ecosystem. I also encourage our state’s congressional delegation to carefully review these recommendations and act on behalf of Floridians to ensure adequate financial resources are available to expedite and facilitate Florida’s recovery.”
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and serves as the State Fire Marshal. A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO. As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.