Volume 4 Number 1
January 2, 2007

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Grace Nelson and Senator Bill Nelson

State Fire Marshal Director Les Hallman and Chief of Staff Jim Cassady

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Alex Sink was sworn in today as Florida’s second Chief Financial Officer, and afterward opened the doors to several hundred visitors and well-wishers including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, former Governor Reubin Askew, former attorney General  Bob Butterworth, and State Senator Jeff Atwater. Sink was lavished with accolades, but she also gave something back – more than $15,000 in unclaimed cash that was being held by the Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

“That was a really nice way to start my new job by giving money back to people,” Sink said. “It was a tremendous day, and I thank everyone who stopped by.”

Visitors had the opportunity to meet CFO Sink as well as representatives from various divisions within the Department of Financial Services.

Representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Insurance Fraud, Unclaimed Property, the Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate, Agent and Agency Investigations, Division of Consumer Services and the My Safe Florida Home program were on hand to provide visitors information about the activities and responsibilities of their offices and responsibilities. The various divisions had video and visual displays highlighting their duties and accomplishments for the department.

The Bureau of Unclaimed Property’s display was a particularly popular spot as people stopped by to have their names checked against the bureau’s database of more than $1 billion in unclaimed cash and property. Several visitors were pleasantly surprised to find cash in their names – more than $20,000 in all was found for visitors. The biggest claim was for $11,900. Stuart Buchanan, a real estate attorney from Winter Park, said the money is proceeds from a mutual fund held by his grandfather, Howard Buchanan. He said the money will be split with a cousin and an aunt.

“It made the visit even more special,” Buchanan said.

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