The Frustration to Get BP Claims

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - "Uncertainty breeds criticism!"
Ken Feinberg, BP claims fund administrator, had no pretenses about appearing before a tough crowd in Tallahassee today (10-28).
After all, it's up to Florida's Gulf oil spill economic recovery task force to hold BP accountable. Feinberg controls BP's 20-billion dollar claims fund. And, he's taking heat for not paying claims out nearly fast enough.
Feinberg says, "The restaurant or the lodging or the motel in Miami or in Key West or whatever, we have to look at those claims, and all I was trying to point out to the task force is the daunting task of calculating what's attributable to the spill and what's attributable to the downturn in the economy or other local considerations."
It's those hotels and restaurants hundreds of miles away from the spill that are having the most difficult time getting paid. That's because it's difficult to prove cancelled reservations are a direct result of oil coming ashore way up in the panhandle. But even people like John Naybors, who owns a Pensacola marina, told Feinberg they have yet to see a check.
Naybors says, "If I could talk to someone who is actually doing the work on the claim itself, we probably could have straightened this out in the first couple of weeks of this."
On almost every complaint, Feinberg says he agrees. That's why he's hiring more people and trying to streamline the process, in the name of finally giving the spill's victims what they deserve.
Come November 23, Feinberg will begin offering what he calls 'final payments' to businesses and individuals impacted by the oil spill. Essentially, they'll be checks based on long-term damage estimates.
If people take them, they wouldn't be able to sue BP down the road.

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  • by Carrie Location: Panama City Beach, FL on Oct 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    I clean vacation rentals and I've been waiting since 8/23 to receive payment. On Monday 10/24 they sent 2 private investigators to my home and I provided all the information they requested. I'm about to become homeless and have been struggling to keep that from happening. Something needs to be done so we get paid. I know of people who work for storage units that have received $11,000. Vacation people come here and rent condo's not storage units. Nobody even cares that I'm about to be homeless because of this riducoulousy slow payment process. It was better before 8/23. U always was paid within 7 days of filing my cliam before the government took this over. I can't get any kind of answers from anybody. I even sent my eviction notice to expidite my claim LAST MONTH and here I am again after selling everything I could to pay rent last month stuck with no possible way to come up with the money. HELP US PLEASE!!!
  • by mndcents Location: Florida on Oct 29, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Mary Ann, respectfully the restaurants cannot sell what they do not have. The fish houses do not have enough seafood to sell to the restaurants because the fisherman decided to not fish when BP cut them checks for $5K a month. The seafood is out in the gulf, they just need to get out there and get it. Businesses are dependent on that.
  • by Bob Location: GA on Oct 29, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    The truth is that these hotel and motel owners in south FL are just trying to cash in on the oil spill. If they can't prove a direct link why should they get paid?
  • by Mary Ann on Oct 29, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    cmncents - I guess you didn't read the article very well the article isn't talking about the actual fisherman it is talking about the BUSINESS OWNER of hotels, restaurants, and marinas. The fisherman isn't represented because they can't afford to be off the water and they are "fishing" but the lost income has lost some of them their boats or put them into collections that makes it harder for them to FISH as you say. And they can't get unemployment like you would if someone destroyed your place of employment. If you have never known someone or been in the life you have NO IDEA what type of life they live to bring us the seafood we eat at restaurants or by from stores. Have some compassion or say nothing !
  • by cmncents Location: Florida on Oct 29, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    My suggestion to fisherman waiting for BP to send them money,...Shut Up and Fish!
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