TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says he's "cautiously optimistic" after meeting with the administrator of a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
McCollum said Kenneth Feinberg made no promises but indicated he was leaning toward accepting changes sought by state officials during the meeting Wednesday in Tallahassee.
Florida officials and businesses have complained the claims process is too slow and cumbersome. They're also worried about Feinberg's prior statements that proximity to the spill off Louisiana would be considered.
That could deny payments to tourism businesses that lost money due to the misperception their beaches had oil on them even though they did not.