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  1. Rising flood insurance rates will affect many inland homes

    Banking

    So you thought soaring increases in flood insurance rates would affect only wealthy beachfront home­owners? Think again. …

  2. SPCA, PetLuv teaming up to find homes for 50 cats

    Briefs

    BROOKSVILLE SPCA, PetLuv want to find homes for 50 cats This month the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has partnered with PetLuv to find homes for 50 cats as part of Adopt-A-Cat Month. …

  3. Don't trust the hurricane myths about what keeps you safe

    Hurricanes

    Sandbags? Check. Duct tape? Check. Special powers protecting the Tampa Bay area? Sweet. One of the more frustrating jobs local emergency management officers have every hurricane season is dispelling the many myths and urban legends out there. Pinellas County emergency management's Tom Iovino holds a public seminar every season aimed just at disproving the top dozen myths he's heard. And he hears new ones every year, enough that he's thinking about holding a "Myths, Part Two," he said. Here are the top five that people widely believe, and some facts that could save your life.  …

  4. Dunedin officials fear impact of flood insurance rate hikes on residents, economy

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — City officials are sounding the alarm about new federal legislation they say could mean staggering flood insurance premium increases for up to 12 percent of Dunedin single-family homeowners come Oct. 1, potentially leading to a plunge in population, home sales and property values. …

  5. Tens of thousands in Tampa Bay area affected by new hurricane evacuation maps

    Hurricanes

    If you live in the Tampa Bay area, check your hurricane evacuation map. You might be among the tens of thousands of families who suddenly find themselves in a more vulnerable zone. …

  6. Five things the flood insurance fix doesn't fix

    Banking

    President Obama is poised to sign a bill repealing many of the flood insurance rate hikes triggered by the much-maligned Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. Bill backers hailed the measure, which caps annual increases for homeowners at 18 percent. …

  7. Editorial: Slow down flood insurance rate hikes

    Editorials

    A year-old federal law that was intended to reform the nation's debt-ridden flood insurance program now threatens to destroy Florida's real estate market. A U.S. Senate committee today is set to consider the impact of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 at the urging of Louisiana's senators. But far more urgency is needed from members of Florida's congressional delegation — who should appreciate the economic necessity of keeping property insurance affordable. They need to push their colleagues to delay or reform the law to allow for a more gradual transition to higher rates. …

  8. Editorial: Flood insurance pain lingers

    Editorials

    Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed a partial fix to the flood insurance crisis created by Congress, the impact of the work left undone is becoming more obvious in Florida. Commercial properties and second homes built before federal flood maps existed will get no relief from the skyrocketing flood insurance rates without further congressional action. Nor can they hope to benefit from state legislation aimed at creating a private flood insurance market for homeowners. The Legislature should reconsider. Businesses and second homes should have access to a better option than dubious, exorbitant rates from the federal program. …

  9. Property values rebound strongly after flood insurance scare of 2013

    Banking

    Gov. Rick Scott and politicians from the Tampa Bay area to the Washington beltway rang the warning bell last year. So did real estate agents struggling to sell homes in flood-prone areas of Florida. …

  10. Q&A: How evacuation zones are determined

    Human Interest

    Determining evacuation zones Why would a home located on the west side of Fourth Street at 85th Avenue N (in St. Petersburg) be designated as an "A" flood zone while another home, located on the east side of Fourth Street at 79th Avenue N and closer to Tampa Bay, is in the "B" flood zone? …

  11. U.S. Senate approves delay in flood insurance rate hikes

    Banking

    WASHINGTON — With flood insurance rates — and home­owner outrage — continuing to rise in Florida, Louisiana and other states, the Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would block parts of a law that forced the increases. …

  12. Need flood insurance? Past is no guarantee as new flood maps debut in Pasco

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Got flood insurance? Thousands in Pasco County who previously thought they didn't need the coverage could be in for a jolt. …

  13. Name glitch adds to flood insurance woes

    Banking

    Laury Pflaum and her boyfriend know their St. Petersburg home is in a flood zone. But since buying the house two years ago, they have been reassured by information from the National Flood Insurance Program that there has never been a claim.  …

  14. Palm Harbor neighborhood has hopes county will help solve flooding issues

    Environment

    PALM HARBOR — Jim Purdue and Lisa Johnston were in evacuation mode. …

  15. Poll: Opposition to flood insurance rate hikes is strong

    Banking

    Living on high ground in Brandon, David Noll doesn't worry about flooding. "It would probably take a pretty whopping hurricane" to cause flood damage in his neighborhood, he figures. …

  16. Next front to fight flood insurance rate hikes: lawsuits

    Banking

    Nobody told Rangel Dockery that flood insurance premiums for the St. Petersburg home she bought in June would skyrocket from $1,900 to nearly $14,000. …

  17. Editorial: Flood insurance bill a step in right direction

    Editorials

    It is not perfect, and it is far from ideal for Florida's real estate market. But the bipartisan flood insurance fix passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday is far preferable to the status quo, provides temporary relief for thousands of Tampa Bay homeowners and should be approved by the House. It's the least members of Congress can do after passing flood insurance "reforms" in 2012 with no understanding of the unreasonable financial pain they would inflict on middle-class neighborhoods. …

  18. Editorial: Congress needs to act on flood law

    Editorials

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is finally standing up for Floridians hit by punishing flood insurance premium increases, and state lawmakers in Tallahassee have hatched a plan to woo private flood insurers to the state. But more than three months after a federal law eliminated flood insurance subsidies from policies for some older homes, the best solution remains congressional action. Florida should keep looking for a state alternative, but this problem is best fixed in Washington. …

  19. Hernando County makes improvements in preparation for hurricane season

    Hurricanes

    BROOKSVILLE — The last few hurricane seasons have been quiet ones along the Nature Coast. During the lull, Hernando County officials have been working on several fronts to improve the county's ability to cope with the inevitable doozy of a storm.  …

  20. Flood insurance: Congressional lawmakers unveil deal to delay sharp rate hikes four years

    Banking

    A bipartisan group from the U.S. House and Senate has reached an agreement on legislation that would delay large flood insurance rate increases for at least four years. …

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