DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday released $100 million for beach erosion control projects and other recovery efforts in 16 coastal counties damaged by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

The Republican announced the funding at a news conference in Daytona Beach Shores, which was hit hard by last year’s storms.

The money is part of a legislative package approved by state lawmakers during a special session in December that focused on insuring property after storms.

Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in southwest Florida in late September and swept across the state, causing widespread damage. Then came Hurricane Nicole in November, which slammed into Florida’s east coast, pummeling areas where Ian had caused severe beach erosion just weeks before.

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