Bush To Revisit Hurricane-Ravaged South Florida
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush will spend Saturday campaigning in Florida and make a return visit to Homestead to view the hurricane clean-up effort, the White House said Thursday.
Bush will fly to Boston Friday for a private fund-raising dinner, then journey to Clearwater, Fla., for the night.
On Saturday he will attend a political rally in Clearwater at the On Top of the World Retirement Community, then travel to Homestead to view the on-going effort to help people recover from Hurricane Andrew.
From Homestead, Bush will travel to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando for rallies before returning to Washington late Saturday night.
Bush last month signed legislation providing more than $11 billion for Florida and Louisiana, both victims of Andrew, and for Hawaii, hit by Hurricane Iniki. Florida alone is getting $9 billion.
Bush has promised to rebuild Homestead Air Force Base at a cost of nearly a half-billion dollars, but Congress so far has earmarked only $92 million for that job.
The hurricane claimed 55 lives in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas.
Bush flew to Miami on Aug. 24 a few hours after the devastating hurricane struck the state, and visited Homestead on Sept. 1 to inspect an Army tent city and other relief efforts.
Thousands lost their homes and parts of the city are still without power. Homestead is a city of 27,000 about 30 miles south of Miami.