Crist wants Fla. oil spill claims data for state

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Gov. Charlie Crist wants BP to turn over oil spill claims data to help the state seek reimbursement for its own losses.

The request came in a letter Tuesday to BP PLC chief operating
officer Doug Suttles.

It followed a meeting Monday of state officials who said they
lacked data needed to determine how much the state is losing
because of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

That includes sales tax losses resulting from tourists staying
away and residents buying less because they've lost income.

The spill also is expected to depress real estate values and
that will mean a decline in property tax revenue.

Crist is seeking electronic files on every business, individual
and government claim made in Florida.

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