Assessing Damage After Irma as SWFL Begins Recovery

Sep 12, 2017

It’s day two post hurricane and many are surveying damage while inching back to normal.  Today on the show we have some answers to your insurance questions from the man who sets regulation for insurance agents in Florida, the state’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

He’s encouraging people to call the state’s Insurance Customer Helpline for assistance at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO.  From out of state you can call 850-413-3089. Or just visit The state CFO website here.   

Today we heard the welcome sounds of grocery store scanners as Publix opened its doors, as did Sunshine Ace Hardware- WGCU reporter Quincy Walters braved the crowds and brings us a report.

We check in with Victoria Moreland from the Lee County Port Authority about when the Southwest Florida International Airport will see flights resume.

Gas shortages are a major concern for people all across the state and while fuel tanker trucks are being escorted along highways by the Florida Highway Patrol, bigger shipments of supplies have been hampered by closed seaports.  John Davis talks with Carlos Buqueras, the Executive Director of Port Manatee about this vital trade junction reopening today. 

We’ll also hear from Sarah Owen, the CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Even before the storm hit, the charitable organization had already set up the “Southwest Florida Hurricane Relief Fund,” and we learn what a game changer “text to give” is making when few have electricity or internet.