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State budget could include hurricane damage projects

Florida's next state budget may include a number of proposals to address damages caused by Hurricane Michael. Legislators have proposed repairs to the Mexico Beach Pier and Florida State University among over 100 projects that aim to repair damage caused by the October 2018 hurricane that swept through Northwest Florida. Over $500 million in budget requests have been made dealing with hurricane-related problems as well as proposals to bolster building safety in case of future damaging storms.

The process of filing a claim after a hurricane

Florida residents who have been impacted by a hurricane could experience significant commercial or residential property damage. While insurance companies may cover some or all of the cost of such damage, this isn't always true. The first step a property owner should take is to read his or her policy to determine what is covered and what isn't. Generally speaking, flood insurance is sold separate from homeowners or similar policies.

Federal funds to help with hurricane damage recovery

Florida residents may be pleased to learn that debris cleanup from Hurricane Michael will continue to be reimbursed by the federal government. Communities in the Panhandle area of the state will reportedly save hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of the federal decision, said the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Earlier, the eastern Panhandle had been directed to choose five days of cleanup from the storm to receive full federal reimbursement of all costs. However, this 5-day period was extended to 45 days after a meeting between state officials and President Trump.

Insurers accused of needlessly slowing Florida hurricane recovery

Both homeowners and contractors in Florida say they are experiencing frustrating delays from insurers as efforts to rebuild and recover from Hurricane Michael continue. However, some insurance providers are refuting these claims, stating that initial low estimates may be corrected later. They assert that it takes time to make appropriate adjustments. Still, some homeowners in hurricane-damaged neighborhoods remain frustrated with the claims process.

Florida legislature tallies cost of Hurricane Michael

Florida lawmakers have begun the process of estimating the damages to the mostly rural and low-income Panhandle region that bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael in October 2018. The state senate's Banking and Insurance Committee chairman said that the state needed to gather figures about the short and long-term costs of the storm to evaluate what the state could pay for and what was needed from the federal government.

Losses from Hurricane Michael total $6.5 billion

On Oct. 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael destroyed a portion of the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 40 people and inflicting at least $6.5 billion in property losses. As many as 375,000 people were forced to evacuate prior to the storm's arrival. Since that time, there have been more than 135,000 property insurance claims filed, and at least 100,000 people and 16 counties are seeking assistance through federal and state agencies.

Continuing delays for Hurricane Michael insurance claims

Thousands of Florida homeowners are still waiting for much-needed insurance payouts from the damages caused by Hurricane Michael. The state's insurance commissioner called on insurance companies to take action to close the over 42,000 outstanding hurricane damage claims related to the storm that hit Florida in October 2018. The commissioner issued a letter to insurers, reminding them that undisputed homeowners' insurance claims must be paid out within 90 days of receipt under state insurance laws.

Thousands still dealing with Irma-related claims woes in Florida

One Florida woman got her 2018 Christmas present more than a year after her home sustained damage from Hurricane Irma - an adjusted claim payment that allowed her to repair her home. However, this homeowner's claim's process was anything but smooth. Initially, the claim amount was far below what was needed to repair extensive roof damage, so a complaint was filed with the Department of Financial Services that resulted in a long insurance company battle.

Large dent in Florida budget could be caused by hurricane

Hurricane Michael, which hit the state of Florida in October of 2018, is likely to have negative budget impacts on the state for at least a few years. Costs for recovery and relief are anticipated to go above the ones needed for Hurricane Irma in 2017. Before the hurricane hit, official projections showed a budget surplus. Financial analysts are new predicting that surplus will disappear as Florida residents try to recover from the disaster.

Florida homeowners face growing insurance costs

Some analysts say that Florida homeowners are facing unprecedented homeowners' insurance premiums, but the growth in fees cannot be attributed to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Instead, analysts claim that provisions in the state's insurance laws allow contractors to exploit the system to obtain high payments at the expense of insurance companies and, eventually, homeowners. State law allows for Assignment of Benefits, or AOB, under which homeowners can assign the right to their benefits to a third party.

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