Florida hurricane Irma recovery News

Survey: Florida Keys Population Fell by Nearly 3K After Hurricane Irma

An annual population survey in the Florida Keys shows how many people left the island chain after Hurricane Irma last year. The Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida found that every Keys city and the …

Feds Approve $616M for Florida Irma Recovery

The federal government has approved Florida’s request for $616 million that will be partially used to repair homes destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Irma last year. Gov. Rick Scott and Housing Secretary Ben Carson announced the approval in a conference …

USDA to Grant $340M to Florida Citrus Farmers Impacted by Irma

The federal government will provide $340 million to help Florida citrus farmers recover from Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant on Tuesday, nearly eight months after Irma struck the state causing more than $2.5 billion in …

FEMA to End Short-Term Shelter Program for Florida Irma Victims

Federal disaster officials are ending a program that paid for hotel rooms for more than 27,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma. FEMA officials announced Tuesday that the short-term emergency sheltering program will end March 10, six months …

Florida’s Hurricane Irma Recovery: The Cost, The Challenges, The Lessons

The hurricane season is officially over, but it didn’t go by without leaving a major mark on Florida and its insurance industry. Hurricane Irma, a name most in the state won’t soon forget, first hit the Florida Keys as a …

Florida’s Everglades City Pushes Toward Recovery After Irma’s Hard Hit

Two months after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge slammed through tiny Everglades City, the mountains of debris that lined the streets have been reduced to scattered piles and the occasional abandoned stove or refrigerator. The community church held its first indoor …

Florida’s Hurricane Irma Recovery Tab Tops $650M

The tab for Hurricane Irma keeps rising, and Florida legislators are warning that it could require some tough budget choices for next year. Gov. Rick Scott’s budget director told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the state has spent nearly …

Florida Insurance Agents Recount Hurricane Irma’s Personal Impact

It’s been just over a month since Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and it won’t be forgotten in Florida by anyone anytime soon, especially not by those in the insurance industry. The powerful storm made landfall first in the Florida Keys …

Florida to Deploy Anti-Fraud Strike Teams to Areas Hard-Hit by Irma

Anti-fraud strike teams comprised of investigators working for the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services will soon be deployed across the state in an effort to to protect Floridians from post-storm fraud, according to a statement …

Florida Extends Continuing Education Deadline for Insurance Professionals

To help accelerate Hurricane Irma recovery efforts across Florida, CFO Jimmy Patronis announced an extension of continuing education deadlines for licensed insurance professionals in Florida. Continuing education deadlines are set by the licensee’s birthday month, and any licensee with a …