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Floridians paying price for growth in high insurance bills

The following editorial was published in the Miami Herald. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis brags about how many people are pouring into Florida. But all that growth isn’t necessarily a good thing. That’s the conclusion of a report by a major global re-insurance company that draws links between the state’s soaring home insurance costs and the

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Insurance

Insurance woes just getting worse

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on August 26, 2023. OUR POSITION: Homeowners are getting squeezed by higher insurance bills with no end or relief in sight. Hurricane Ian’s category 4 winds and hours-long deluge of rain did even more damage than the eye could see. The storm was, by most accounts, the

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Florida Legislation

DeSantis, Republicans helped insurance firms

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on July 23, 2023. Recent data from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation showed 521,819 Ian residential property claims have been opened with 23,818 still open without payment, 152,877 closed without payment, and who knows if adequate payments were made on the 287,021

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Housing

The high cost of ignoring Florida’s insurance crisis

By Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Apr 23, 2023. Last fall, I came to the difficult decision to sell my beloved house on Lido Key. Several factors convinced me the time was right: The encroachment of vacation rental “hotel houses” on all sides; the annihilation of landscaping I’d worked years to establish by Hurricane Ian; and the fact

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Florida Legislation

Legislature went too far to help insurers

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 25, 2023. OUR POSITION: The Florida Legislature’s laws giving insurance companies and businesses added protections against lawsuits will hurt too many Florida residents. By now the Florida Legislature will likely have passed House Bill 837 and Senate Bill 236 which cover how plaintiffs can recoup

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Florida Legislation

Homeowners got no help from our Legislature

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 21, 2022.  Please write to your FL legislators to ask them to reconsider this law  in their March 2023 session to make it a bit favorable to policy holders.  If you do not protest and change this law,  we will see

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Insurance

Legislature’s insurance reform has no guarantees

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 18, 2022. OUR POSITION: The new law and guidelines for property insurance in Florida are heavily tilted in favor of the insurance industry and we are concerned it may not help lower premiums or create more competition for clients. The Florida Legislature passed a bill

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Florida Legislation

Florida Legislature passes insurance overhaul bill

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida, Dec 14, 2022 TALLAHASSEE — With property insurance described as a “hidden tax” on homeowners, the Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a plan aimed at stabilizing the state’s troubled insurance market. The Republican-dominated House voted 84-33 along party lines to pass the bill (SB 2-A)

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Insurance

Lots of work to do in special session

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 12, 2022. OUR POSITION: The topics that legislators could discuss during this week’s special session are endless but insurance reform has to be at the top of the list. Hurricane Ian has exposed the myriad of problems in Florida’s insurance industry. The question now is: what are our

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