Florida ferry drivers lose job, $12M to Orlando in storm
A Florida ferry driver has lost his job and about $12 million to the Florida economy because of Hurricane Matthew, a storm that knocked out power and shut down the entire state.
The Miami Herald reported that Joe Bierman, a 63-year-old driver, lost his home and about 300 workers to the storm, while about 3,000 others have lost jobs because of Irma and the state’s costly evacuation order.
In addition to the loss of the driver’s job, Biermann’s company, Bight Freight, has suffered a $8.5 million loss because of power outages.
In all, more than 40 people lost their jobs in the storm as well as a $2.2 million loss in freight shipments.
Florida has lost more than $3 billion since Hurricane Matthew hit in August, and Florida Gov.
Rick Scott said he plans to ask Congress to help recover from the damage.