Subtropical Storm Alberto sloshed ashore Monday on the Florida Panhandle, pelting white sand beaches with blustery winds and stinging rain that kept the usual Memorial Day crowds away. Forecasters warned that heavy rain, flash flooding and dangerous surf posed the biggest threats as Alberto's ragged core made landfall near Laguna Beach, just west of Panama City Beach. A few brief tornadoes also were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
Homebuyers in Florida have a laundry list of things to consider when looking for their dream home. Access to shopping, restaurants, and attractions; good school districts, beach proximity and even the travel time to the nearest hospital can all be factors. The house’s appearance, amenities, size, and layout are also things to consider. However, homebuyers may not think about the long term financial cost of home ownership, especially when it comes to insuring the home. Homeown
An Assignment of Benefits, or an AOB, is a document signed by a policyholder that allows a third party, such as a water extraction company, a roofer, or a plumber, to “stand in the shoes” of the insured and seek direct payment from the insurance company. It has become prevalent in water and roof claims across the state. AOBs have been a part of Florida’s marketplace for more than a 100 years. Loopholes in the way it is being used in the marketplace are driving up costs for ho
Florida Homes are Extremely Vulnerable to Storm Damage Florida’s “highest elevation” is the lowest high point of all the states, and Florida also has the least difference between the highest and lowest elevation across the state. The average height above sea level is only 6 feet, with large areas of the state existing only 3 feet above sea level. Florida also has the most coastline out of the lower 48 states, bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. All of th
A Florida woman who was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of her husband — who supposedly went missing on a duck-hunting trip 17 years ago — plotted his death for months, according to an indictment released Wednesday. Denise Williams, 48, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact in her husband Mike Williams’ December 2000 killing. The grand jury indictment accused Denise of conspiring