Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rick Scott will head to Puerto Rico Friday as island's power woes continue

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 12:39 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTE
  • Photo by Joey Roulette
Gov. Rick Scott and Florida utility officials will go to Puerto Rico on Friday as the island continues to struggle with restoring electricity more than a month after being hit by powerful Hurricane Maria.

The governor's office said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello sought Scott's assistance on Oct. 21.

As of Sunday, about 70 percent of the island remained without power. Also Sunday, the head of Puerto Rico's government power company, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, announced plans to sever a $300 million deal with Whitefish Energy Holdings over questions about a contract with the small Montana company.

Scott's trip to Puerto Rico will come after he travels to Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday to try to attract businesses and tourists from Canada.

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