Volume 5 Number 5
February 1, 2008

CFO SINK ANNOUNCES FIRST MEETING OF MSFH ADVISORY COUNCIL MONDAY

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today announced the first meeting of the legislatively created My Safe Florida Home (MSFH) Advisory Council to be held on Monday, February 4, 2008, in Tallahassee at the Capitol, in the Senate Office Building, Room 401. CFO Sink will address the council at 8:30 a.m. prior to the commencement of Monday’s meeting.

The Council, authorized by Section 215.5586, Florida Statutes, was created to provide advice and assistance to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) regarding the administration of the MSFH program. CFO Sink will use the council’s findings to further improve the services provided to Floridians through the program.

Date:              Monday, February 4, 2008
Time:              8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:        The Capitol Building
                       Room 401 of the Senate Office Building

The following twelve individuals have been appointed by CFO Sink to the MSFH Advisory Council:
  • Miriam Lopez, Trans Atlantic Bank, Florida Bankers Association appointee
  • J. Otis Black, State Farm Insurance Company, Florida Insurance Council appointee
  • Robert “Bob” Farr, Can Do Service Corp., Florida Home Builders Association appointee
  • Kurtis “Kurt” Gurley, Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida, State University Faculty member appointee
  • Rep. D. Alan Hays, Florida House of Representatives, House Speaker Marco Rubio appointee
  • Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Florida House of Representatives, House Speaker Marco Rubio appointee
  • Sen. Michael S. Bennett, Florida Senate, Senate President Ken Pruitt Appointee
  • Sen. Paula Dockery, Florida Senate, Senate President Ken Pruitt Appointee
  • Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes appointee
  • Jack Nicholson, Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, Senior Officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund appointee
  • Scott Wallace, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Executive Director of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation appointee
  • William “Craig” Fugate, Division of Emergency Management with the Department of Community Affairs, Director of the Division of Emergency Management appointee

The MSFH program resumed offering wind inspections and expanded statewide in April 2007 after conducting a pilot program during the previous year.  To date, the MSFH program has received applications from approximately 166,000 homeowners for free wind inspections and has conducted over 160,000 inspections.  Approximately 17,683 homeowners have been approved to receive matching grants and are working with the MSFH program to harden their homes.  Statewide, the program has issued a grand total of more than 3,196 grants to homeowners for more than $10 million.

For more information on the MSFH program or the council visit www.MySafeFloridaHome.com or call the program’s toll-free number at 1-866-513-6734. On the Web site, Floridians can link to information on the council, its agenda and upcoming meetings.