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Politics & Government

Sanford bill’s aim: ‘Treat taxpayers the same’ in private community storm cleanup

Rep. Mark Sanford introduced a bill last week called the Disaster Assistance Equity Act which would allow common interest communities — neighborhoods, condominium complexes, and cooperatives that share amenities and infrastructure typically owned by an homeowners association — to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency money without jumping through hoops. Local government officials and HOA groups have voiced support for the measure.

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Hurricane Matthew, though long gone, may still blow in higher taxes for Beaufort County

Still waiting for Hurricane Matthew cleanup cost reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Beaufort County issued $30 million in short-term bonds earlier this week to bolster its reserve fund. While the bonds provide a critical cash backstop should the county be hit with another storm, the money is essentially a loan and must be paid back, creating the potential need for higher taxes in the future.

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Two men spotted kayaking in street flooded by Tropical Storm Cindy

As Tropical Storm Cindy neared landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border, two men were spotted kayaking through flooded streets in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Wednesday, June 2. The storm brought heavy winds and rain there and was expected to drop 15 inches of rain across southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. NOTE: No audio.

Videos

$15 million later, Hilton Head Plantation is bouncing back from Hurricane Matthew

The storm did $15 million in damage to the Hilton Head Plantation club's grounds and facilities. On Tuesday, July 4, the club will celebrate the completion of repairs with a relaunch party.
Jay Karr Staff video
$15 million later, Hilton Head Plantation is bouncing back from Hurricane Matthew 0:32

$15 million later, Hilton Head Plantation is bouncing back from Hurricane Matthew

Before and after: Hilton Head leisure path reopens after Matthew 0:45

Before and after: Hilton Head leisure path reopens after Matthew

Views from the deep: Riding out Tropical Storm Cindy on an oil rig south of Louisiana 0:54

Views from the deep: Riding out Tropical Storm Cindy on an oil rig south of Louisiana

Gov. McMaster on fine-tuning re-entry policy following hurricane evacuations 0:54

Gov. McMaster on fine-tuning re-entry policy following hurricane evacuations