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CFO Sink Announces Additional Meetings of the Windstorm Mitigation Study Committee

2/19/2007

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—The Windstorm Mitigation Study Committee will meet Thursday, February 22, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, February 23, 2007 from 9 a.m. until adjournment in the Cabinet Meeting Room in the Florida Capitol.
 
The committee was created as a result of House Bill 1A, passed recently by the Florida Legislature during Special Session.  The committee is composed of eight members, with two appointments each from the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Senate President and Speaker of the House.  The following Floridians have been appointed to the committee:

• Mr. Garrett Walton, Chair (Governor)
• Mr. Bill Coffey, Services Director of Home Services, Home Depot (Governor)
• Mr. James Ayotte, Florida Manufactured Housing Association (Chief Financial Officer)
• Mr. Ed Dees, former Business Manager for Ironworkers, Local #397 (Chief Financial Officer)
• Mr. Michael Aranda, EH Building Group II, LLC (Senate President)
• Mr. Stephen C. Burgess, Office of Public Counsel (Senate President)
• Ms. Deirdre Finn, Meridian Strategies, LLC (Speaker of the House)
• The Honorable Trey Traviesa, Florida House of Representatives (Speaker of the House)
 
The committee is charged with analyzing short- and long-term solutions and programs that address the need to immediately and effectively mitigate homes in Florida.  A final committee report, including legislative recommendations, is due to the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Insurance Commissioner, Senate President and Speaker of the House by March 6, 2007.  Floridians can learn more about the committee, its duties and upcoming meetings at http://www.WindstormMitigationStudyCommittee.org/. Floridians interested in hurricane mitigation are encouraged to attend the meetings. 
 
The next meeting of the Windstorm Mitigation Study Committee will be held:
 
DATE:  Thursday, February 22, 2007; 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday, February 23, 2007; 9:00 AM - adjournment
 
LOCATION:  Cabinet Meeting Room, The Capitol
Tallahassee

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.