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  1. Editorial: Flood insurance rates unfair for Floridians


    exactly how Floridians are being unfairly treated. More broadly, Congress should insist on changes to the way the federal program uses flood zone maps and require that rates be more individually tailored to specific properties. The Senate should pass legislation sponsored by Reps. Dennis Ross, R

    Florida homeowners are about to feel more pain from the federal flood insurance program that treats this state so unfairly.
  2. Pinellas County's 17 possible sites for Rays ballpark


    . City leaders recently pitched the site to team officials. CONS: Traffic congestion with no interstate access. Majority of land is in flood zone. "To me, Oldsmar's like Georgia," St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's chief of staff, Kevin King, said in April, drawing the ire of Oldsmar and county

    Airco Golf Course next to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
  3. Need flood insurance? Past is no guarantee as new flood maps debut in Pasco


    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. The county is set to roll out flood insurance rate maps Friday that show nearly 8,600 properties previously in designated 500-year flood zones, have

    Homeowners affected by new maps likely will see letters from lenders over the next two months about insurance coverage.
  4. Remember the flood insurance scare of 2013? It's creeping back into Tampa Bay and Florida


    conditions worsen. She dissuades buyers from seeking private flood insurance, saying it's too risky if they're dropped and then have to pay full-boat for a new NFIP policy. So far, the overall impact on selling prices for flood-prone homes has been remarkably muted. Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam

    Aidan Gummere, 12, looks out from his grandparents’ Tierra Verde townhome. “We wanted to get closer to the water, but we didn’t want to get stuck with flood insurance going up,” said the homeowner, Randy Sessions, 58. The living quarters are on the second story, and the electrical system is elevated.
  5. Editorial: Flood insurance pain lingers


    . They are still subject to an average 25 percent annual increase in premiums until they reach an actuarially sound rate. And any property purchased since July 1, 2012, immediately loses its subsidy. Pinellas County, home to more properties with pre-flood map subsidies than anywhere in the nation

    Pinellas appraiser  Dubov has found 1,609 properties that will be hit with higher rates.
  6. Editorial: Flood insurance bill a step in right direction


    rates that took effect Oct. 1. The new rates under the 2012 Biggert-Waters law were aimed at eliminating the subsidies on policies for older homes built before federal flood maps were drawn. But the new rates are far too high, and the Senate bill would provide time for the Federal Emergency Management

    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 it would inflict on middle-class neighborhoods.
  7. Editorial: Congress needs to act on flood law


    only grow later this year when the law will eliminate another group of subsidies for policyholders who had grandfathered rates after updated flood maps put them into a higher-risk zone. Nowhere has the impact been greater than in Pinellas County, home to the most subsidized policies in the nation

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


    ,000. … There should be a limit what they can charge." Noll speaks for the majority, according to a new Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and AM 820 News poll. Whether they live in Hillsborough County or Pinellas County, whether they live in homes that were losing lower, subsidized flood rates or not, a clear majority

  9. Name glitch adds to flood insurance woes


    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. So Pflaum was stunned when she recently looked

    Laury Pflaum and boyfriend Jeffrey Oligschlaeger, both 28, stand in front of the Shore Acres home they bought in 2011, thinking the St. Petersburg house had never flooded.
  10. Property values rebound strongly after flood insurance scare of 2013


    throughout the state. In the cross-hairs, in particular, was Pinellas County, which had more older, low-lying homes facing a sharp flood insurance increase than any other county nationwide. Now there's evidence that a congressional fix early this year to stall the harshest of the rate hikes coming under

  11. Bank error triggers quadrupling of flood insurance rates


    or gradually — on properties that have paid lower rates dating before flood maps were adopted. About 20 percent of the 5.5 million flood policies nationally are subsidized, with Florida affected more than any other state. Pinellas County has more than 50,000 subsidized properties facing potentially large rate

  12. Editorial: Slow down flood insurance rate hikes


    on the beach. Those affected by this year's changes include Florida families in older, inland homes built before flood maps existed. Also little understood: Coverage for homes is limited to no more than $250,000 per structure and $100,000 for contents. Pinellas County's post-World War II housing boom means

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


    , flood-prone commercial properties that have benefited from subsidized rates will not get a reprieve. In Pinellas County, some 1,400 business properties could be affected. Sharp increases have forced commercial property owners to re-evaluate their business models, said Robin Sollie, president

  14. Battling flood insurance rate hikes without government help


    Program. Under the new rules, they immediately had to pay what FEMA deemed full flood risk for the property. "Had we known any of that we would never have purchased this home," said Emily Craig, a 43-year-old elementary schoolteacher and lifelong Pinellas County resident who paid $242,000 for the 1

    Emily and Brian Craig, and their daughters Erin, 11, left, and Amy, 13, faced a flood insurance premium jump from $2,293 to more than $21,000. After a battle with the bank, they found a policy last month with Lloyd’s of London: It’s bare bones and doesn’t cover interior possessions, but it’s $3,300.
  15. Rising flood insurance rates will affect many inland homes


    -dollar beachfront ones. There are great big areas on this map that are inland from the waterfront.'' By overlaying county parcel maps on federal flood zone maps, Dubov's office calculated that Pinellas has 33,114 single-family homes old enough to qualify for discounted flood insurance rates. Condos and businesses

  16. No flood insurance required! Realtors find selling points in soaring-premium nightmares


    , to land a buyer for a flood-insured home. The Biggert-Waters act, which began revoking big federal subsidies for older flood-zone homes Oct. 1, has driven premiums skyward, spooking buyers and killing deals. So in hard-hit counties like Pinellas, which leads the nation in subsidized rates, homes that don

    A home in St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast neighborhood touts the fact that no flood insurance is required. “It’s a big, big selling point,” real estate agent Nancy Driver says.
  17. Dunedin officials fear impact of flood insurance rate hikes on residents, economy

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    - built before Flood Insurance Rate Maps were adopted in the 1970s and 1980s - located in high-risk flood zones. Dunedin has the fifth-highest number of affected homes in Pinellas, though some beach communities with smaller populations have a much larger percentage of homes affected, she said

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


    of potential home buyers abandoning purchases. Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov says 1,189 of Dunedin's 9,870 single-family residences are pre-FIRM homes — built before Flood Insurance Rate Maps were adopted in the 1970s and 1980s — located in high-risk flood zones. Dunedin has the fifth

    Tropical Storm Barry caused this flooding in Dunedin, where new federal legislation could raise flood insurance rates.
  19. Tarpon Springs homeowners fear impending flood insurance rate hikes


    see big hikes, though older homes that have been elevated since they were built may not see such drastic increases, said Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. "It doesn't mean every one of those houses is going to have those astronomical rates," she said. "As I'm reviewing the maps, however

    Dee Nicholas, 61, and Paul Nicholas, 80, own a house on Riverside Drive and could be hit hard by flood insurance rate increases.
  20. Next front to fight flood insurance rate hikes: lawsuits


    before flood maps were adopted in the 1970s and early 1980s have enjoyed lower rates for years because of the subsidies. Pinellas County alone has more than 50,000 subsidized policies, the most of any county nationwide; Hillsborough has more than 14,000. Hardest hit are new buyers of those subsidized

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