Rick Scott’s concerns for us fellow Floridians warms the cockles of my heart.
You could feel the Guv’s love last week.
On Wednesday Scott, headlining the annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference, urged us to be vigilant and prepared for storms before hurricane season starts June 1.
Don’t wait until the “Cone of Death” targets, say, Anna Maria Island.
Speaking in Fort Lauderdale, Scott trumpeted the new director of the Division of Emergency Management, and said his appointee has the organizational know-how to “ ... safeguard our state’s economy and the people of our state.”
See, Scott is looking out for our welfare.
He’s got our backs.
OK, look at what he did the day before in Tallahassee.
On Tuesday the Guv signed a “sweeping” -- I love that word -- property insurance law that makes good on his “campaign promise to allow competition that gives consumers more insurance choices.”
You say you don’t see anything in there about making insurance more affordable?
Supporters said this legislation will help stabilize the state’s property insurance market, bringing more companies into Florida and creating competition for the consumer’s dollar.
The way it’s been, we homeowners weren’t getting any respect.
Last year my homeowner’s insurance went up $700.
Plenty of other folks’ policies went up a lot more than that.
Hasn’t been a hurricane around these parts for five years, either.
Must’ve been a phantom storm, is all I can figure.
So being “stabilized” must mean no more insurance surprises, right?
Like being canceled arbitrarily by that insurance company to whom you’ve been faithfully paying big premiums to for years and never ever made a claim.
Yes, stability will be good.
Naturally, there are critics.
The new law, one legislator charged, will make insurance companies richer and “policyholders will have to pay more of their hard-earned money for what will amount to less coverage.”
So what else is new?
That’s the way it’s always been.
It’s the American Way.
Our state is “open for business.”
Remember who said that?
Sure, you say, he’s giving us the business, all right.
The Guv wouldn’t do that to his fellow Floridians.
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