Florida lawmakers are responding to the devastation of Hurricane Ian as the winds have subsided to 65 mph. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that the City of Miami would be resuming its normal operations, while also providing an update on what the city would be doing to ensure the safety of its citizens. At the state level, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) provided an update, discussing power outages and flooding affecting Floridians throughout the state.
On social media, Mayor Suarez announced that the City would be responding to Hurricane Ian in several ways, including conducting building inspections.
City of Miami parks will be open, the City of Miami Administrative Building and City Hall will be open, regularly scheduled garbage, recycle, and bulky trash collection will resume as well.
The @CityofMiami Division of Emergency Management is continuing to monitor Hurricane Ian & as we experience less rain we want to remind our residents that ALL city services will be resuming normal operations starting tomorrow.
🚨Please see 👇🏼 for specific services pic.twitter.com/qmv9dwddHH
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) September 29, 2022
More footage of Hurricane Ian’s devastation to Fort Myers continues to spread throughout social media, showing flooding, power outages, and property damage that the state is responding to.
Taking to social media, Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) expressed that “the devastation Southwest FL has endured is unprecedented.”
“My deepest thoughts & prayers are with all Floridians & their families that have been affected,” Crist said, adding that “recovering from this won’t be quick or easy – but federal & state assistance is coming, & we’ll get through this together.”
The devastation Southwest FL has endured is unprecedented. My deepest thoughts & prayers are with all Floridians & their families that have been affected.
Recovering from this won't be quick or easy — but federal & state assistance is coming, & we'll get through this together.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) September 29, 2022
Regarding the state response, Governor DeSantis took part in a press conference this morning, informing that the Coast Guard has been conducting rescue missions.
DeSantis added that Black Hawks have been dispatched to aid in the rescue efforts, "and there will be more air assets brought in as the day goes on."
In an earlier press conference, when Governor DeSantis thanked 26 states for extending their support to the state during this difficult time, DeSantis commented that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) had committed to “sending some black hawk helicopters to help.”
For the full press conference regarding Hurricane Andrew, check here.