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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Statement Regarding Additional $30 Million to Promote Florida’s Beaches


Contact: Alexis Lamber                  
TALLAHASSEE—Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that BP has allocated an additional $30 million to help several Northwest Florida counties promote Florida’s beaches following the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill almost a year ago. 
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater offered the following statement in response to the Governor’s announcement:
“Almost a year has passed since the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and true to the committed and hardworking nature of Floridians, our state has bounced back.  Florida is open for business, and these funds will help get the word out.  Come see the most beautiful beaches in the world, swim in our crystal-clear waters and enjoy some fresh Florida seafood.
“Although many of our state’s businesses who suffered tremendous losses still await their claims to be paid from Mr. Feinberg, the announcement of these marketing funds will help draw tourists back to our state and help our business owners gear up for the summer season.”
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.