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Gallagher to Host Town Hall Meetings in Areas Still Seriously Impacted by Hurricanes

2/17/2005

CONTACT:
Bob Lotane
(850) 413-2842

CONSUMER SERVICE TEAMS TO ASSIST THOSE STILL AFFECTED
         
TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom
Gallagher today announced he will be hosting town hall meetings in hurricane-ravaged areas, with the first meeting tentatively scheduled in Pensacola on Wednesday, March 2, 2005. Gallagher said he is going to talk with storm victims in the Panhandle first because that is where the largest percentage of storm claims are still unresolved.
 
In addition to Pensacola, town hall meetings will be scheduled in early March in the following communities:  Port Charlotte, Orlando and Melbourne.  Details on dates, locations and times will follow in the coming week.
 
"If Floridians are still having problems with their insurance companies, I want to hear from them personally," said Gallagher. "My focus is to direct all available resources to helping storm victims who are eager to rebuild their homes and their lives."
 
The town hall meetings will be scheduled outside of working hours to ensure storm victims will be able to attend, and teams of consumer specialists will be on-hand to help policyholders one-on-one. 
 
 For more information, interested consumers can contact 1-800-22-STORM.