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Philip Levine attributes lack of fundraising to hurricanes

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A spokesman for Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is widely expected to jump into next year’s race for governor, Friday explained his political committee’s lack of fundraising for September. “In the month of September, Mayor Levine was solely focused on helping a number of communities prepare and weather Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and therefore made a decision to pause all fundraising activities for his political committee,” said Christian Ulvert, spokesman for Levine and All About Florida, the committee.

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Personnel note: Bryan Koon quits as state emergency management head

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With a little more than two months left in the 2017 hurricane season, Florida’s emergency management head is leaving his job “to pursue an opportunity in the private sector,” the Governor’s Office announced Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott announced Bryan Koon’s resignation as director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), effective next Sunday.

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Florida’s hurricane fund remains strong heading into season

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The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane continues to be in strong shape ahead of storm season. Estimates prepared by Raymond James show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will have $17.6 billion available this year. This marks the second year in a row that fund has more money than it would need to pay out if storms racked the state. The estimates are expected to be formally approved Thursday by a panel overseeing the…

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Miami coach Mark Richt makes an impression in recruiting

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The Evidence is in. And others, too. In all, it was a solid recruiting day for the University of Miami, which rose to 11th in the 247sports.com rankings. Among the signings was Evidence Njoku, the younger brother of NFL-bound David Nkoju. He will be joined at the U by quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who might be the team’s quarterback of the future with the departure of Brad Kaaya. In his last two seasons at Ocala Vanguard High school, Perry threw for…

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Craig Fugate fumes while Florida sinks in a sea of bulls**t!

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Like a teenager who wants Daddy’s money, but not Daddy’s directives, Gov. Rick Scott is not embarrassed to throw tantrums when the feds fail to pony-up fast enough whenever it rains, even as he sticks his fingers in his ears at unwanted advice like “try rolling up your windows.” Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) director Craig Fugate isn’t having it. Fugate was the wind beneath then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s wings in the horrific hurricane seasons of the decade past. The Bush…

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Donald Trump took $17M in insurance for Mar-a-Lago damage few remember

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Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press found little evidence of such large-scale damage. Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. Trump transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy, “you…

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Despite storms Florida hurricane fund remains in good shape

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Florida’s streak of dodging hurricanes is over, but the state-created fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a storm remains in strong financial shape. Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine. The fund’s advisory council on Tuesday approved new financial estimates…

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