Property insurance crisis needs bipartisanship


Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11:15 p.m.
Skyrocketing property insurance costs are a real threat to our citizens. Some of our families are no longer able to afford their homes, are spending down their retirement to keep a roof over their head, and are leveraging their children's future to keep food on the table.
From South Florida to Tampa Bay and from the Panhandle to the Space Coast, citizens are crying out for help. Everywhere I go, I hear from Floridians that insurance premiums are taking more from their wallets; diminishing bit by bit our opportunity to enjoy what Florida has to offer.
One of those Floridians is Guinevive Kilgore, an 83-year-old, African-American widow from Pensacola. Guinevive told us that her property insurance this year climbed from $1,000 a year to more than $5,000.
As the Legislature convenes this week, we must come together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Floridians to provide relief to Guinevive and the rest of our citizens. Item one on our agenda must be to reduce the burden on our people from the spiraling costs of property insurance.
I am optimistic that affordable property insurance will become a reality and we will find a solution to this insurance crisis. I applaud House Speaker Marco Rubio and Senate President Ken Pruitt for taking bold steps to establish meaningful and broad-based insurance rate cuts.
Working together, in a bipartisan fashion, we will provide substantial relief for Floridians and come together for the greater good of our citizens. Floridians are counting on us.

Charlie Crist,

Governor,

Tallahassee

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