The Florida Sun Established in 1931 Shining A Light On Central Florida www.floridasunreview.com ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida continues making efforts toward recovery from Hurricane Irma’s severe impact on the entire state – spanning 65,755 square miles from Pensacola on the west end of the Panhandle, Jacksonville on the east coast, south to Key West. Affected communities and di -saster survivors are repairing and rebuilding better, stronger and safer with the help of neighbors, friends, family members, volun-tary groups, faith-and communi-ty-based organizations and local, county, state and federal govern-ments. Recovery takes the whole com-munity. The following are high-lights of the progress made within the first 60 days since the Septem -ber 10 presidential disaster decla-ration and how disaster survivors and affected communities are overcoming challenges: Assistance to Floridians and the Communities They Live In: Survivors in 48 of the 67 Flor -ida counties are eligible to apply for help under FEMA’s Indi-vidual Assistance (IA) program. All 67 counties in the state are eligible to receive federal fund-ing through FEMA’s Public As-sistance (PA) program for debris removal and emergency protec-tive measures, including direct federal assistance. In addition, local, county and state government infrastructure and certain private nonprofit or -ganizations in 55 Florida coun-ties became eligible to receive all categories of PA funding includ-ing the repair and rebuilding of certain eligible disaster-damaged facilities. The PA program benefits every -one in the affected communities because essential services such as roads, utilities, schools and hospi-tals are restored. FEMA relieves burdens of local and county gov-ernments and the state by paying 75 percent of the eligible costs. Additionally: So far, more than 2.6 million Florida households have con-tacted FEMA for IA help. The deadline for survivors to register The Truth Shall Reign Supreme Vol. 86, No. 46 November 16 -22, 2017 private, nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The deadline to apply is Nov. 24, 2017. NFIP policyholders have re-ceived more than $239.5 million in more than 26,600 claims to repair and rebuild flood-damaged property. More than 76,700 survivors have visited Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The first centers opened six days after the presi-dential disaster declaration. More than 797,000 FEMA housing inspections have been ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15th The enrollment period to be covered by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) began Nov.1st, and is scheduled to end Dec. 15th, for those hoping to qualify for health care coverage beginning January 1, 2018. The Trump Administration, which has made no secret of its wish to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s sig-nature legislative achievement, has done everything it can to force the ACA to whither on the vine by cutting the enrollment period from the previous three months, to just 45 days. And it has also cut the $100 million Obama Administration budget to both advertise the open enrollment period, and slashed grant funding efforts for state and community organizations across the nation that reach those in dire need of all that the ACA offers through education and mobilization, by an estimated 90 percent to just $10 million for the entire nation. A Look at Florida 60 Days after Hurricane Irma for federal aid under the IA pro-gram is Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. To date, Floridians have received more than $1.5 billion through funding from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Flood Insurance Program. Of that total, more than $899 million in FEMA individual as-sistance has gone to homeowners and renters whose insurance, or other forms of disaster assistance received, could not meet their disaster-caused needs. Homeowners, renters and busi-By Cash Michaels, Contributing writer And yet, according to recent published reports, President Trump’s efforts to strangle the ACA to discourage participation are coming up short. In fact, based on available numbers, people are enrolling at a higher, faster pace than last year at this time, and there’s every reason to believe that pace will continue the closer Dec. 15th comes. While no official numbers have been released by the administra-tion yet, The Washington Post (citing sources) reports that, “More than 200,000 Americans chose a plan on Nov. 1st (first day of open enrollment). That’s more than double the number of consumers who signed up on the first day of enrollment last year. More than 1 million people visited HeathCare. gov, the official federal website, the official said, which amounts to roughly a 33% increase in traffic compared with 2016.” This doesn’t account for over a Continued on page 5 Daytona Beach, FL -During Bethune-Cookman University’s homecoming football game, Nancy and Lowell Lohman presented a check for $100,000 to B-CU to provide student scholarships and athletic support to the University. The Lohman’s are long-time business owners and philanthropists in Central Florida. The eve-ning prior to the B-CU Homecoming game, Mr. Lohman met with the football team and provided an inspirational message about leadership and life success. Orlando Hotelier and Philanthropist Harris Rosen Announces Scholarships to Rollins College For Tangelo Park and Parramore Students -Harris Rosen, left, and Dr. Bob Allen attend the Tangelo Park Preschool Graduation. See story inside, page 7. nesses have received $388 mil-lion in 10,579 low-interest di-saster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to repair, rebuild and replace damaged property and contents. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, completed. FEMA disaster survivor assis-tance specialists canvassed the af-fected communities, visiting more than 208,000 homes to encourage survivors to register for help, while providing them with recov-Continued on page 10 Inside This Issue Page 3 NAACP Chapter’s Demand Contradicts Flag Protest Claim FAMU President and Magic CEO Comment on Florida Classic Page 6 UCF MBB Team Defeats Mercer 88-79 on Opening Night Page 11 Go to: www.floridasunreview.com Read The Florida Sun Online Click Florida Sun Online Sunset Seasons Greetings, a new holiday experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. Holiday magic brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season. The experience runs continuously throughout the night. Photo by David Roark .