Broward County Says Miami Hogs Antiterror Funds

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Miami’s allotment of $32 million in federal money for homeland security has angered leaders in nearby Broward County, who are in Washington today to complain that their neighbors to the south are hogging the money, reports the Miami Herald. Miami gave Broward County 10 percent and split the rest with Miami-Dade County. Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman and Sheriff Ken Jenne will press the county’s case today with members of Congress and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness. The say that some terrorists who hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, lived in Broward County, while Palm Beach County, which got no money, was the scene of the first anthrax attack.

The money involved comes from the federal Urban Area Security Initiative. Homeland Security uses a formula that includes infrastructure, population, and credible threats to determine which cities are the likeliest terror targets.

Much of Miami’s money was used for equipment and to upgrade first-response teams at the airport and seaport. Miami assistant Fire Chief Joe Fernandez refused Monday to give exact numbers, saying much of the equipment and training techniques the money paid for were “sensitive in nature.” He said the money would be used for planning, training and equipment, with an emphasis on responding to chemical and biological outbreaks, bomb detection and dealing with the aftermath of explosions.

Link: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/8308111.htm

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