Rick Scott Hearts BP
Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid was appointed last year by then Gov. Charlie Crist to get a financial settlement from BP. Florida's tourism and environment was damaged from the Deep Horizon oil spill. Yerrid said Florida could financially gain from a settlement with BP.
"I think it would be in the billions of dollars," Yerrid said. "It would have a substantial, if not a mitigating effect on our deficit. The money is there, there's a $20 billion fund that isn't close to being exhausted, and my question is, what are we doing about it?".
Yerrid has noted been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott. Yerrid has repeatedly tried to contact Scott.
"I received zero response," the Tampa attorney said. "Not a thank you, not a note telling me where to put the materials."
Yerrid and others worry that Scott may be turning his back on what could be billions of dollars at a time when the state is crunched for cash.
"Anytime wrongdoing occurs and you have a couple of billion dollars in damages that would greatly benefit our state and citizens, we should be getting that," Yerrid said. "There should be an urgency to collect money that is due to us to lighten our load."
Florida is facing a $3.5 billion deficit. Yerrid estimates the state could receive $2 billion from a financial settlement. Even the conservative Tampa Tribune editorial board has come to the conclusion that Scott cares more about protecting BP than Florida's beaches or the deficit. Scott is governing like the ideologue and corporate cut throat he has always been. The media should stop acting shocked.