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An encouraging sign comes from an unexpected source amid the state’s ongoing property insurance slump Last week Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis acknowledged the need to better address a segment of the community that has yet to generate enough concern from state leaders — property owners who have seen their insurance coverage dramatically increase in cost or disappear outright.

“We didn’t help the policyholders,” Patronis said in a speech before the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of governors. He then announced a second event later this month in Southwest Florida to bring together insurers and their customers. He also named state insurance consumer advocate Tasha Carter as the new Hurricane Ian chief recovery director to help streamline property damage claim filings.

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