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Where to complain

By TIMES STAFF
Published February 10, 2007


Have a problem and don't know where to turn? Here are some numbers to help you reach the right person or agency. Unless otherwise noted, phone numbers are area code 352.

AUTOMOBILES

To report problems with new cars under the state Lemon Law, call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Lemon Law Hot Line toll-free at 1-800-321-5366.

BUSINESS PRACTICES

For complaints about businesses, call the Better Business Bureau toll-free, 1-800-275-6614.

CABLE TELEVISION

To report problems with your cable service, call Bright House, 746-0755, or Adelphia toll-free 1-800-683-1000.

CIVIL LITIGATION

Free legal services for qualified, low-income residents and senior citizens: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc., 726-8512. Lawyer referral services (Florida Bar): toll-free 1-800-342-8060.

CONDOMINIUMS/ MOBILE HOMES

To complain about a condominium or rental of mobile home lots, call or request a form from: Complaints, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes, 1940 N Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1027, toll-free 1-800-226-9101.

CONTRACTORS

Having problems with a contractor? For state-licensed contractors, call (850) 487-1395 (press options 3, then 2, and 4); for county-licensed contractors, call 527-5349.

DOGS AND OTHER STRAYS

Citrus County Animal Services, 726-7660.

ELECTRIC SERVICE

Citrus residents should report problems with their electric service to Progress Energy, formerly Florida Power Corp., toll free 1-800-700-8744. Those served by the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative should call 795-4382. Sumter Electric Cooperative Inc. customers should call 726-3944.

FOOD

Restaurant complaints should go to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, 3725 W Grace St., Suite 520, Tampa, FL 33607, (850) 487-1395. Grocery store complaints should go to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1-800-435-7352.

HEALTH CARE

To report abuse, call the Abuse Hotline toll-free, 1-800-962-2873. Complaints about quality of care or bills from hospitals, nursing homes, ACLFs and home health care facilities: Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308-5403, call toll-free 1-888-419-3456.

LANDLORD-TENANT DISPUTES

For disputes about maintenance or security deposits involving an apartment with five or more units, (no individual housing), and also for problems with hotel billing, write the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, 1313 N Tampa St., Room 106, Tampa, FL 33602. For a free copy of the Florida landlord/tenant law, call toll-free 1-800-435-7352.

PHONE PROBLEMS

Sprint, toll-free 1-800-339-1811.

ROAD AND STREET

To report problems with road signs or damaged roads, call 527-7610.

SCHOOL SYSTEM

Citrus County School Board: 726-1931.

THE CITRUS TIMES

Circulation problems, including missed papers: 726-2874. News coverage in Citrus County: 860-7300.