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Sen. Alexander vs. Citizens, part 9?



Sen. J.D. Alexander, a frequent critic of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., wrote a scathing letter questioning Citizen's quest for new office space.

But Citizens says: Hold on a second, we haven't chosen anything yet. 

Alexander, who chairs general government budget, suggested that Citizens is looking for certain amenities, such as a fitness center, restaurant and concierge services in its quest for 100,000 square feet.

"As I am sure you are aware, the State of Florida and the nation as a whole, are experiencing financial challenges.  With these challenges, it is imperative that all of Citizens’ costs, as a government-sponsored entity, remain as low as possible in order to minimize policy costs and assessments to the taxpayers of Florida," Alexander wrote.

Citizens spokesman John Kuczwanski said the state-run insurer is still negotiating with two possible choices and "haven't disqualified anyone," at this point. They are looking for new digs for the summer of 2010 and they're hoping to combine offices spaces (they now have two) into one campus. The insurer first approached the Department of Management Services for space, and DMS said no dice.

Kuczwanski couldn't say where the top two locations were, and he wouldn't give out details on those who responded to the request for office space, citing an exemption to open records law for such proposals still in the works.

"Nothing is finalized at this point," Kuczwanski said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:49am]


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