Gov. Scott visits hard hit Vilano Beach area after Hurricane Matthew

By: Amber Krycka , Action News Jax

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Governor Rick Scott was in St. Johns County on Saturday looking at some of the damage along the coastline north of Vilano Beach, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.

Sky Action News Jax saw damage for miles. The foundation on a number of homes was wiped out by storm surge.

“The beach looked to be worse, because if you look at these houses, it took everything underneath,” Scott said.


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Scott walked with the National Guard, looking at the damage up close.

“It’s pretty scary,” he said.

According to city leaders, there's an estimated $2 billion worth of damage in St. Johns County.

“We will see the exact damage, and will make a filing with the federal government through FEMA," Scott said. "We’ve been asking FEMA for support, we’re asking for the Corps of Engineers for their support, and we are getting support today."

“I feel bad for them,” said Mike Walters, Beach Inn owner.

Walters' hotel is across the street. He said Vilano Beach will never be the same.

“It will never be normal again," he said. "We’ll fix it. It might be better, you never know."


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