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Former insurance consumer advocate Sean Shaw explains what to do before, after Irma

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Tampa state Representative Sean Shaw knows a thing or two about insurance in Florida, having served as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate for nearly two years between 2008 and 2010. With Hurricane Irma barreling toward the Sunshine State in less than 48 hours, talked to him about what homeowners need to do in advance of the storm, and what they need to do after Irma leaves, with potentially a lot of damage left in its wake.

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Christian Cámara: Reinsurance saved Florida from catastrophic losses

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As the Nov. 30 end of the hurricane season approaches, Floridians should be thankful. While this year’s storms Hermine and Matthew brought an end to the state’s decade-long hurricane drought, they easily could have been stronger or cut a more destructive path. Indeed, had Hurricane Matthew tracked just 20 or more miles further west, it would have raked the entire east coast of Florida, bringing the full force of a Category 4 storm to the most populated and wealth-concentrated coastline…

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Steve Pociask: Prepare for the storms

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Recent Tropical Storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean remind us of one thing — Florida is ground zero for tropical weather activity. In June, parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast became inundated with rain, causing flash flooding, tornado spin-offs and heavy wind as Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend area. While Colin never became a hurricane, the tropical storm caused plenty of damage and disruption and it exemplifies what could be in store…

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Today on Context Florida: Republican campaign, HB 1087, special interests and good leadership

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Today on Context Florida: Major Republican presidential contenders came to Orlando at the invitation of Gov. Rick Scott for an Economic Growth Summit, where the discussion was to be limited to economy and jobs. Seeing these candidates, or soon to be candidates, converging on Florida left Bob Sparks feeling a campaign for the Republican nomination is already under way. We can expect all of those TV and radio ads, campaign rallies and, yes, all of those phone calls, right? As ESPN’s…

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