12 Fla. Counties Qualify for Fed. Disaster Relief Post-Dorian

 President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Florida in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. A White House statement says the declaration means that federal funding is now available to eligible state and local governments, as well as certain nonprofits. The statement says funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for […]

Florida Home Insurance Rates – and Lawsuits – Keep Climbing

 It’s likely you received another rude surprise when you opened your latest home insurance bill this year. Rates for most Florida homeowners are continuing to rise despite reforms enacted last spring by the state legislature that were intended to curtail abusive lawsuits by third-party repair contractors and their attorneys. Instead […]

State Regulators Dissolve Property Insurer Effective Nov. 1

Thousands of South Florida homeowners are scrambling to find new insurance coverage after state insurance regulators dissolved Florida Specialty Insurance Co. for allowing its surplus to fall below the state’s minimum threshold, among other issues. Florida Specialty was one of small number of companies operating in Florida that catered to […]

What’s Going on with Red Tide Research?

 Liz Barber has enjoyed the beautiful beaches and islands near her Sarasota home for 45 years. She’s an attorney at a real estate law firm in downtown Sarasota and often heads out to get lunch if she has time during the work day. About a year ago she stepped out […]

Getting Insurance Proceeds for Hurricane Irma Still Possible

 Question: After Hurricane Irma, we made an insurance claim with the association’s insurance carrier for damage to our condominium roofs and other damages. The insurance company valued the claim at below our deductible, so we received no money. The estimates we have now received from contractors value the damage higher than […]