February 10, 2009 6:40 AM

Florida county wants 'disaster' status over economic woes

With unoccupied homes and families in distress, a St. Lucie County leader wants to declare a state of emergency to release $17.5 million in reserve funds. Port St. Lucie, once the fastest-growing city in the country, is now pockmarked by more than 10,000 properties in foreclosure and drained by a 10.5 percent unemployment rate.

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