Gulf oil spill claims abound in South Florida

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More than 10,000 businesses and individuals in South Florida have filed claims or federal lawsuits against BP for the damage done following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20.

Claims have come from all types of South Florida businesses and residents. They include commercial fishermen, marinas, restaurants, hotels, real estate agents, waterfront property owners, lobster trap makers, municipalities, and even Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Key West, according to the Miami Herald.

As of Dec. 2 the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which is processing claims against BP’s $20 billion compensation fund, has paid $44.1 million for 2,776 approved claims from 6,455 filed by individuals and businesses in the Florida Keys.

The BP fund also has paid $4.1 million for 462 approved claims in Miami-Dade County and another $2.9 million for 58 approved claims from Broward County, the newspaper reported.

Twenty-six lawsuits filed in the Southern District of Florida have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation, in which common pretrial work is handled by a single judge, in this case U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is based in Louisiana.

Compensation for those cases likely will take at least two years and probably many more. Some find it hard to believe these claims. The spill occurred hundreds of miles away and no oil has reached South Florida’s waters, shorelines or beaches.

“It wasn’t the reality. It was the perception that hurt us and is still affecting us,” Harold Wheeler, executive director of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, told the newspaper. “Many people think we got the oil – and still have it.’”

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4 comments on “Gulf oil spill claims abound in South Florida

  1. Gordon

    The south Florida claims are all bogus.  The real estate was in the toilet well before the oil spill, tourists and snow birds had slowed, the roads weren’t congested, as is normal. Stores were near empty, business way off.
    I feel all these claims are just people wanting to get on the “Free Money” train. We’re turning into a socialist country bit by bit. Suck it up folks and go to work.
    Yes I live in south west Florida and a retired marine dealer. I know all about hard times.

  2. LARRY

    COME ON GORDON!, DON’T BE SO HARD ON THOSE THAT ARE STILL TRYING TO MAKE A BUCK BY THE SEAT OF THE PANTS….YOU’VE BEEN RETIRED NOW, “SUCKING UP” THE SOCIAL SECURITY (I know, I know…you’re going to say “you earned it”…) BUT WE MAY NEVER SEE IT……COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, AND JUST BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE HAVE FACED HARD TIMES, DUE TO BP’S FAILURE TO ADHERE TO, AND IGNORE SOME SAFETY ISSUES, WE SHOULD NOT ALL BITE THE EXTREME BULLET. THIS DOES NOT MAKE US SOCIALIST, YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING AND LISTENING (worse believing that rating motivated garbage) TOO MUCH TO FOX NEWS……SORRY PAL.
    BESIDES ALL THE REAL ESTATE MALADY IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WHICH WE ALL KNEW EXISTED (incidenly this is all over the country), AND ALL THE OTHER SOCIALISTIC CRAP YOU FIND TO BLAME THOSE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU, BUSINESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA WAS INDEED IMPACTED BY THE “PERCEPTION” AROUND THE COUNTRY, (and to some degree around the world), THAT THE CLEAN WATER WE ARE KNOWN FOR, WAS INDEED TAINTED. IN FACT I MYSELF HEARD ONE MORNING (in horror!!) ONE OF THE NATIONAL NEWS CABLE CHANNELS DISCUSSING “OIL TRAILING INTO SOUTH FLORIDA”…..WHILE THE SPILL WAS THE “NEWS OF THE DAY”.
    I MYSELF HAVE NOT FILED A CLAIM YET, HOWEVER IF THERE’S STILL TIME, AND WE KNOW THERE IS STILL MONEY IN THE KITTY, AND BECAUSE OF YOU, I’M VERY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING IT, THANKS GORD….

  3. bpante

    They should sue the media for exagerating the oil spill.  They made it sound like all Florida was covered in oil.  The only oil that made the beach got there because of mismanagement by the Obama Regeime.

  4. AnonymousBob

    To bpante (convenient use of bp in your name):
    Reminder: the oil spill was caused by BP which caused the oil to appear on the beach. Doesn’t matter whose administration was in charge, BP created a worst case scenario that became reality. BP caused the oil to appear on the beach.
    Get your facts straight before future posts, please.

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