Senate Bill sb1054

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    Florida Senate - 2005        (NP)                      SR 1054

    By Senator Crist


  1                    Senate Resolution No. ____

  2         A resolution recognizing and expressing

  3         heartfelt gratitude to the 38 U.S. states and 2

  4         Canadian provinces that provided relief workers

  5         and equipment to help restore electrical power

  6         to Florida in the long aftermath of Hurricanes

  7         Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.


  9         WHEREAS, the four major hurricanes that struck Florida

10  in August and September of 2004 damaged or destroyed vital

11  infrastructure in nearly all 63 of the state's counties,

12  leaving millions of residents and visitors without power for

13  many weeks at a time between August 13 and October 1, and

14         WHEREAS, Hurricane Charley left 1.7 million people

15  without power, Hurricane Frances left 2.9 million people

16  without power, Hurricane Ivan left 443,000 people without

17  power, and Hurricane Jeanne left 2.9 million people without

18  power, and in Hardee County the entire power-delivery

19  structure was completely destroyed, and

20         WHEREAS, the severity of the recurrent battering of

21  Florida in August and September greatly overtaxed the

22  capability of state and local government and Florida's

23  electric utility companies to restore power, compromising the

24  safety, security, and health of residents and businesses, and

25         WHEREAS, 38 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces

26  responded to Florida's crisis by sending thousands of

27  power-restoration workers, along with the necessary equipment,

28  to rebuild the state's electric power infrastructure, and

29         WHEREAS, these states and provinces are: Alabama,

30  Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,

31  Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,


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    Florida Senate - 2005        (NP)                      SR 1054

 1  Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,

 2  Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New

 3  Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,

 4  Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South

 5  Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia,

 6  Wisconsin, Ontario, and Quebec, and

 7         WHEREAS, Floridians in thousands of our communities

 8  have had personal opportunities to express their gratitude

 9  directly to the relief workers who came to Florida and worked

10  tirelessly to repair the hurricane damage, and

11         WHEREAS, the members of the Florida Senate also wish to

12  express enthusiastic gratitude for the vital support provided

13  by these states and provinces and for the generous personal

14  efforts extended by the individuals who came to Florida's

15  rescue, NOW, THEREFORE,


17  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:


19         That the Florida Senate pauses in its deliberations to

20  honor those workers who came to the aid of this state

21  following the hurricanes of 2004 and to express its gratitude

22  for the generous support of the states and provinces that sent

23  workers and equipment.










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