Hurricane Irma

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We’re joined by Florida’s CFO Jimmy Patronis to explore what recourse you have if your insurance company still hasn’t covered your hurricane-related claims. He’s head of the Florida Division of Consumer Services, whose insurance specialists are standing by 24 hours a day to field consumer complaints. Once a complaint has been filed, insurance companies, by statute, have just 20 days to respond to the Department. You can find out what your rights are as a residential property policyholder in the Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights.

And, we’ll chat with someone from the Better Business Bureau about what you can do if a contractor has left you and your hurricane damage in the lurch.

Amy Bennett Williams

News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams is a well-known local history buff, so it should come as no surprise that her post-Hurricane Irma damage surveyance would include the loss of what are perhaps some lesser-known touchstones to our region’s history.  For Williams, that includes lamenting the loss of an iconic Monkey Puzzle tree planted some one hundred years ago at the Koreshan Unity settlement site in Estero.

FPL Delays Plan To Recoup Irma Costs

Jan 4, 2018

After saying in October it expected to collect an estimated $1.3 billion, Florida Power & Light has put on hold a plan to bill customers for the costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma.

Just like 2004 and 2005 – Florida will remember 2017 as the year of hurricanes especially Hurricane Irma. It was a year that the Florida National Guard learned some new lessons in disaster response.

Florida activated its National Guard troops days before Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sept. 10 in the Florida Keys.

Judge Sets Hearing On Generator Rules

Jan 2, 2018

An administrative law judge has scheduled a three-day hearing in challenges to proposed state rules that would require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have generators and fuel supplies to keep buildings cool during power outages.

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