NAPLES, Fla. - An update to a story we told you about earlier this week. A Naples woman is selling all her possessions in order to save her business after her BP Oil claim was denied. Today, everything has changed.
"They showed up today with a check," Candi Cook tells WINK News.
It's a good day for Candi's Creative Crafts in Tin City. After receiving a denial letter from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, stating her loss in income was not proven to be because of the oil spill, Cook didn't know how she was going to keep her business. She sold her belongings, her home, and even sent her son to live with her mother in order to survive.
"You sit there as a small business owner, you start to think I'm going to have to lay off my employees, I'm not going to be able to help them."
Like 82-year-old Barb Brown, who not only likes working at the shop, it's a paycheck she depends on. "I need this job to keep going. I really do and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I mean Social Security only goes so far," Brown explains.
Thankfully, no employees will be laid off. Today, Cook received a check from the claims facility for the full amount requested in damages, $25,000.
For Cook, the check gets her caught up on bills and allows her to add necessary inventory for season, but it also doesn't much more, "it means I can save my business, I can save my house, I can save my son."
The claims office wouldn't answer any questions about why Cook's claim was all the sudden paid out. Cook says she didn't send in any further paperwork since her denial, but she did go to the media and State Department of Finance with her story.
RENEE STOLL, REPORTER