Hurricane Matthew

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power salutes employees on Lineworker Appreciation Day

Gulf Power lineworkers work all hours of the day and night and even through the weekend to help serve customers. The company salutes its employees as Florida recognized Lineworker Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 26.  It’s an annual recognition that the Florida Legislature established in 2012.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Insurers seek increase despite law change

Thousands of residential property insurance customers across Florida could see reduced costs in 2019, but on the whole customers will not see cheaper insurance premiums as the result of long-sought regulatory reform. At the forefront of the insurance discussion is an amended rate filing by Florida’s insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.   […]

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Santa Rosa steps up hurricane preparedness

Even before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management team and Emergency Operations Center are already keeping tabs on two major rain events. Subtropical storm Alberto on Saturday became the first named storm of a season that had not even officially begun. Read the full article […]

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Insurers blame assignment of benefits for rising premiums

Home and business owners in Florida can expect the cost of property insurance to rise in 2017 and to keep climbing in the coming years, East Bay Insurance owner John Hays says. But in a state where hurricane damage has historically been the cause of insurance woes, these increases in many cases have nothing to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 8

MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN Terry Brady was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in September of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Brady fatally shot 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez in June 2014, burned her and dumped the remains behind a garbage bin. FLORIDA PLASTIC RECYCLER AGREES TO PAY $424,573 IN BACK PAY In […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

DESPITE STORMS FLORIDA HURRICANE FUND REMAINS IN GOOD SHAPE Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine. NEW POOL […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 13

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 13

MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING FLORIDA GIRL WAIVES EXTRADITION During a court hearing Wednesday in Memphis, West Wild Hogs agreed to be returned to Florida to face the kidnapping charge. He was arrested at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis on Monday after two hospital workers recognized Hogs and Rebecca Lewis from an Amber Alert. Authorities say the 31-year-old […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 11

EAGLE FREED IN HURRICANE MATTHEW AFTERMATH FROM CAR GRILL The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says a resident of the Fleming Island area south of Jacksonville noticed the bird peering out of a passing car Saturday in the storm’s aftermath. The resident urged the motorist to pull over. The sheriff’s department says rescue personnel and deputies […]

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Santa Rosa to assist hurricane victims

Three of Santa Rosa County’s emergency responders have headed into the path of hurricane Matthew to provide support to Flagler County in their time of need. Emergency Management Director Brad Baker, emergency Operations Section Chief Tom Lloyd and Midway Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg will assist Flagler in their emergency response to hurricane Matthew as the […]

Five things to know in Florida for Oct. 6

Five things to know in Florida for Oct. 6

FEDERAL JUDGE CRITICAL OF FLORIDA GAMBLING REGULATORS A three-day trial that could shape the future of gambling in the state ended Wednesday. But during closing arguments, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle suggested state regulators had violated an existing deal with the tribe. The state and Seminoles reached an agreement in 2010 that allowed the tribe […]