Shameless plug alert: With the 2013 storm season officially starting tomorrow, I'll be talking hurricanes -- and hurricane insurance -- on The Florida Roundup radio program from noon-1 p.m. today (Friday).
The most excellent roundtable show, hosted by Phil Latzman, can be heard on WLRN (91.3 FM), the local NPR affiliate. Other guests include NPR's Miami-based correspondent Greg Allen and Sammy Mack, a reporter for State Impact Florida, which focuses on educational issues.
Hurricane/property insurance will also be the topic of my Sunday print column, with Gov. Scott signing a "Citizens reform bill" (SB1770) last week that could force South Florida homeowners from state-run Citizens into coverage with a private insurer they might not know, trust or want to do business with under a new "clearinghouse" program that will launch next January.
I'll also be writing about some glitches with the latest wave of private insurer "takeouts"/takeovers of Citizens policies (which Citizens consumers can still refuse by opting out), along with the handout of $52 million from Citizens reserves to a politically-connected upstart private company, Heritage, which is set to assume 60,000 Citizens policies later this month.
Keep your fingers crossed for another quiet storm season, and happy weekend.Copyright © 2015, CT Now