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Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

After a bill aimed at reforming Florida’s insurance industry and preventing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse failed in the Legislature’s last session, the state’s largest insurer has taken steps to solve the problem itself. Part of that solution is to suspend its plan to hike rates as much as 10 percent for consumers. Citizens Property […]

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Eight sea turtles made their scuttle to freedom Tuesday on beaches at Fort Pickens as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released the rehabilitated reptiles back into the Gulf of Mexico. These turtles had sustained a variety of injuries, largely from fishing hooks. Five of the eight were rescued off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Three others […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

Property insurance on the rise, again

Property insurance on the rise, again

Like deja vu, property insurance rates could be on the rise yet again this year as Citizens Property Insurance has filed to raise rates for a variety of policy types across the state. The proposed changes would amount to an average 5.2 percent overall average increase for nearly 250,000 policyholders across the state. Local State […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

POLICE: TSA WORKER CAUGHT STEALING CASH AT FLORIDA AIRPORT Alexander Shae Johnson was arrested Thursday. Court records show the 22-year-old faces a third-degree felony grand theft charge. An Orlando police report says a passenger selected for a pat-down search while going through security at Orlando International Airport saw Johnson standing near her bag. The report […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

FLORIDA STATE SENATOR PUBLICLY APOLOGIZES FOR RACIAL SLURS, INSULTS Florida state senator apologized Wednesday for using a racial slur and vulgar insults during a private, after-hours conversation with two African-American colleagues, but black lawmakers say that wasn’t enough and called for his removal. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles gave the three-minute apology on the Senate floor […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 18

IN SOUTH FLORIDA, GREEN IGUANAS SPREAD INTO SUBURBAN SCOURGE Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels. Native to Central and South America, green iguanas that escaped or were dumped as pets have been breeding […]

Catchin’ Cobia

Catchin’ Cobia

Shaun Abbott leans against the railing of the Navarre Beach fishing pier, his pole leaned up against the side of it with a colorful lure dangling from the end of the line high above the sparkling green water of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

VISIT FLORIDA TO PAY $73,000 TO CEO AFTER RAPPER KERFUFFLE The Visit Florida board of directors agreed Tuesday to pay Will Seccombe, who agreed to resign after pressure from Gov. Rick Scott. Visit Florida is hiring Ken Lawson, the current secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a replacement. Seccombe led the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY BOY KILLED HIMSELF Police spokesman Rob Shaw said Thursday afternoon that Ian Sevostjanov’s mother sent him to his room Thursday morning. According to a news release, the boy was sent to a room in his family’s apartment, where he obtained the gun. Ian, who was in fifth grade, died from a single […]

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Florida’s contracted tourism agency Visit Florida came under fire just months before the legislature would meet to decide whether to approve a $76 million budget for the organization. The criticism has resulted in the resignation of the company’s President and CEO Will Seccombe. The drama centered on a supposedly privileged $1 million contract between Visit […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 21

FAMILIES OF PULSE SHOOTING VICTIMS SUE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS Families of three patrons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre sued Facebook, Google and Twitter, claiming the gunman who killed their loved ones was radicalized through propaganda found through social media. The families of Tevin Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero Jr. and Javier Jorge-Reyes filed the lawsuit […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 16

FLORIDA TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN FACE-BITING ATTACK Austin Harrouff’s attorney filed the written plea Tuesday. Defense attorney Robert Watson waived the teen’s Wednesday arraignment appearance and asked for a jury trial. Authorities say Harrouff fatally stabbed 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta home in August. SHERIFF: POT COOKIES […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 4

SCREWWORM INFESTATION THREATENS TINY DEER IN FLORIDA KEYS Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the discovery of New World screwworm in the National Key Deer Refuge “sends shivers down every rancher’s spine.” Screwworm feed on the animals’ flesh, and infestations can be fatal to livestock and pets. Refuge manager Dan Clark says about 40 of the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 26

RAIN FROM TROPICAL SYSTEM DRENCHES DOMINICAN, FLORIDA COULD BE NEXT Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system’s strongest winds were below tropical storm […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 25

NTSB: EL FARO AUDIO INCLUDES CAPTAIN’S ABANDON SHIP ORDER The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it recovered 26 hours of information from the ship’s recorder, including bridge audio from the final hours. The El Faro sank Oct. 1 after losing propulsion in the storm. All 33 aboard died. LONGTIME PARISH PRIEST IN TAMPA BAY […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 24

REP. BROWN’S DEFENSE TEAM ALLOWED TO WITHDRAW IN FRAUD CASE U.S. Magistrate James Klindt on Tuesday allowed attorneys Mark NeJame and David Haas to leave the case. They said in a court filing that hostility and distrust permeated their meetings. She is due back in court Sept. 7 for a follow-up. Federal prosecutors want Brown’s […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

FLORIDA SENDS ANOTHER $5 MILLION TO FIGHT ZIKA IN MIAMI-DADE Earlier Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked for more federal resources to combat Zika’s spread in South Florida, where the first cases of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland have been found in the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 5

WIFE OF FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR KILLED IN LONDON KNIFE RAMPAGE A Somali-Norwegian teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square, a hub for students and tourists, fatally stabbing an American woman from Florida and wounding five other people. Authorities identified the dead woman as 64-year-old Darlene Horton, wife of a Florida State […]

World record lionfish haul

World record lionfish haul

The 8,089 lionfish caught at the weekend event in Pensacola was a world record.  “It was four times more than we have ever had,” said Alex Fogg with Florida Fish and Wildlife.  “These tournaments are very significant to the reefs.  You can control them on a localized level like this if you do it often.”  […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 5

UDGE UPHOLDS $23 MILLION AWARD FOR UNARMED MAN DEPUTY SHOT Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ruled Wednesday that the amount awarded to 23-year-old Dontrell Stephens last February was not excessive. He said Stephens’ disabilities and pain justifies the award levied by the jury against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Adams Lin. FRENCH TOURIST […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 16

TIGER ATTACKS, KILLS VETERAN KEEPER AT PALM BEACH ZOO Palm Beach Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter says 38-year-old Stacey Konwiser was killed Friday afternoon by a 13-year-old male tiger. West Palm Beach police spokeswoman Lori Colombino says Konwiser was attacked in the Malayan tiger’s enclosure. Colombino says the tiger was tranquilized. 2 WORKERS INJURED IN SOUTH […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 12

NTSB TO LAUNCH 2ND SEARCH MISSION FOR WRECKED FREIGHTER The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a news release Thursday that the two-week expedition is expected to begin in April. Investigators hope to locate the data recorder or “black box” and develop a more extensive and detailed survey of the shipwreck. PARALYZED MAN AWARDED $23 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 18

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 18

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. 2 boys rescue young children from burning home Authorities say two boys rescued two young children from a burning mobile home in central Florida. Ten-year-old Isiah Francis and 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes rushed in to a neighbor’s home […]