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Hurricane Irma one year later: Tourism still looking to rebound

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SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES (WWSB) - September 10, 2018 marks one year since Hurricane Irma first made landfall in the Florida Keys, and tourism across the state is still on the rebound.

Irma was on the most powerful storms to ever form in the Atlantic ocean, hitting southwest Florida on September 10 before the storm's eye passed over the Suncoast on September 11.

The storm cost Florida $1.5 billion in visitor spending, and an estimated 1.8 million visitors.

The Florida Keys Tourism Council says nearly all of the resorts that were closed by Irma should be reopened by the end of this year.

Sarasota County and the city used taxpayer dollars for emergency repairs and clean-up following Hurricane Irma.

Now, the county is waiting to get back $8 million from FEMA, and the city plans to get reimbursed another $5 million.

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