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Insurance experts will share ideas

A free public meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12 to discuss the Florida property insurance crisis.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published September 29, 2006


Some of the leading proponents and critics of the Florida insurance industry will take center stage at a public meeting next month in north St. Petersburg to discuss the states property insurance crisis.

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty and Citizens Property Insurance board chairman Bruce Douglas are among the panelists scheduled to take part in the Insurance Crisis: A Town Hall Meeting at 8 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

Presented by the St. Petersburg Times and cable news channel Bay News 9, the meeting is designed to be informative and offer solutions to the crisis.

Other members of the panel include:

-- Ginny Stevans, president of New Port Richey-based Homeowners Against Citizens Inc., the states largest homeowner group dedicated to insurance reform.

-- Sam Miller, vice president of the Florida Insurance Council, the states largest insurance trade association, representing 245 insurance companies.

-- Bill Newton, executive director of the Florida Consumer Action Network, the states largest consumer advocacy group.

The meeting is free and open to the public with a general admission ticket, and will be televised live on Bay News 9, with rebroadcasts on Bay News 9 On Demand, Ch. 342. To request tickets call (727) 893-8088.