Title: Oral History Interview with Steve Holland, December 16, 1999. Interview K-0510.
Identifier: K-0510
Interviewer: Thompson, Charles
Interviewee: Holland, Steve
Subjects: Hurricane Floyd, 1999    Floods--North Carolina    Disaster relief--North Carolina    Pender County (N.C.)    Hurricane Fran, 1996    Swine--North Carolina    Holland, Steve    United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency    
Extent: 01:55:35
Abstract:  In this interview, Steve Holland, Republican county commissioner and businessman in Pender County, North Carolina, describes the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. His business, a store and restaurant, was destroyed, and although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied his application for aid money, he is still waiting for adequate compensation from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Holland seems angry about the red tape he and other Pender County residents encountered as they tried to piece their lives back together, and rampant fraud supplemented his frustration. He speaks at great length in the interview about his irritation with big government, property taxes, and freeloaders.