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Digest

Talk of the bay

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 17, 2006


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POLICYHOLDER'S PLIGHT TO SET CRIST IN MOTION

The plight of Frank Pallini, the St. Petersburg resident who had his Liberty Mutual homeowners insurance policy canceled a month after he dropped his auto insurance policy with the company, has caught the attention of Florida's attorney general and governor-elect, Charlie Crist. Liberty Mutual announced in August it would not renew 5,000 policies statewide, most of them within 5 miles of the coast. But not all of the policies within that area have been canceled. Florida law prohibits insurance companies from punishing policyholders who drop a portion of their coverage. A Crist spokeswoman said Thursday his office will contact Pallini. Since Pallini's story in the Times on Tuesday, dozens of readers have responded with complaints about Liberty Mutual dropping their insurance coverage.

Hotel's long wait to open finally over

That was a sigh of relief you heard coming from downtown Tampa yesterday afternoon. The long-delayed Embassy Suites hotel across from the Tampa Convention Center opened its doors Thursday, months later than originally planned. Developer and owner WPM Construction said a shortage of construction materials and laborers threw the project behind schedule. The 360-suite hotel was supposed to be ready for the international Shriners convention in July, an event that drew more than 20,000 people.

More on go-getter Genshaft's plate

She's a university president, but she might was well be nicknamed Regional Economy Woman. USF president Judy Genshaft will receive an unusual honor for a university official today when she is installed as the new chairwoman of the Tampa Bay Partnership, the region's economic development marketing group. Genshaft will arrive at the partnership's annual luncheon at Carillon Park Hilton fresh from a meeting with the group that oversees the state's 11 public universities. Genshaft recently completed a two-year stint as head of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce's arm that recruits news businesses, the Committee of 100.

Correction

US Airways reported annual operating revenues of $10.4-billion. A table published with a story on Thursday's Page 1D stated an incorrect figure.

[Last modified November 16, 2006, 23:45:33]


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