The office of the State of Florida Chief Financial Officer has published a special bulletin on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Included in the bulletin is information on filing claims with BP, including suggested documentation to assemble in support of a claim, an overview of covered claims, and information on what agency to contact to appeal a claim denied by BP.
Of interest to small businesses affected by the disaster, there is information on the available Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program being administered by Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, and federal disaster recovery loans being administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). There is also a link to a listing of Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, information on how to enroll a commercial boat in the Vessels of Opportunity program, and a pending state tax amnesty period for those affected.
If you require assistance with the BP claims process or in evaluating your options with respect to available disaster recovery programs, contact a Florida environmental or business lawyer.