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Governor of Florida to activate state and local emergency
and relief resources and mechanisms for homeowners
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RESOLUTION NO. 2010- 006 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY <br />COMMISSIONERS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FLORIDA, <br />REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, THROUGH <br />EXECUTIVE ORDER AND/OR OTHER POWERS AVAILABLE <br />UNDER THE LAW, TO ACTIVATE ALL AVAILABLE STATE <br />AND LOCAL EMERGENCY AND RELIEF RESOURCES AND <br />MECHANISMS FOR THE BENEFIT OF HOMEOWNERS <br />IMPACTED BY DEFECTIVE OR REACTIVE DRYWALL <br />INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, REQUESTING IMMEDIATE <br />FEDERAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH FEMA AND/OR ANY <br />OTHER AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT; <br />DIRECTING THAT A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION BE <br />TRANSMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR; PROVIDING FOR <br />SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. <br />WHEREAS, residents of Indian River County, Florida, have suffered <br />damages from Chinese drywall installations in their homes; and <br />WHEREAS, it has been documented that heat and humidity cause some <br />Chinese drywall to release gases, which not only create a noxious odor, but <br />corrode copper and other metal surfaces, thereby damaging air conditioners, <br />electrical wiring, copper plumbing, appliances, and electronics; and <br />WHEREAS, corrosion of electrical wiring can hamper the effectiveness of <br />smoke detection and can create a risk of fire. Chinese drywall can be very <br />friable, which means it is in a state where small particles can easily become <br />dislodged with little friction, thus enabling them to easily enter an individual's <br />lungs. For this reason, even after Chinese drywall is removed, the toxic drywall <br />particulates may remain unless the affected property is removed; and <br />WHEREAS, owners of some homes with Chinese drywall have alleged <br />they are suffering from health problems due to the effects of Chinese drywall; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, County residents have stated some of their insurance <br />companies have denied coverage and some of their developers have refused to <br />replace the defective Chinese drywall, leaving them with no avenue in which to <br />fund the necessary drywall repairs to avoid the health problems they have been <br />suffering; and <br />WHEREAS, the County has been monitoring whether there are monies <br />available from Indian River County, the State of Florida, and the Federal <br />Government to assist Indian River County residents with their Chinese drywall <br />problems; and <br />1 <br />
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