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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Daytona Beach News Journal: “Atwater visits Flagler Beach”

12/5/2016

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 529-4614
 
“Atwater visits Flagler Beach”
Daytona Beach News Journal
Story by Shaun Ryan
December 2, 2016
Click HERE to read the full story

 
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater met with city and county officials Friday afternoon at the Funky Pelican hoping to resolve any outstanding insurance concerns arising in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
 
He explained his mission: “Today, we’re here to see what else could we be doing to be sure that people who have any concern about getting their coverages taken care of and their homes restored – that we find out about it.”
 
Atwater had spent the morning in the heavily damaged Davis Shores neighborhood of St. Augustine, where he visited the homes of residents who were frustrated over problems with their insurance claims. Following that, he met with claims managers and CEOs of major insurance companies to “agree to start doing some trouble shooting, because there are still too many people who feel they’re not getting an answer.”

 
He followed that with a visit to Summer Haven, a small, seaside community that also sustained a significant impact.
 
In Flagler County, Atwater said he wanted to talk with local officials to see what they were hearing from their communities.

 
He asked the elected officials seated around him at the restaurant what they had been hearing anecdotally.
Flagler Beach City Commissioner Rick Belhumeur related a couple of cases he knew of where homeowners were still waiting to hear back from their insurers. Others weighed in as well.
 
 
“We were lucky,” said City Commissioner Joy McGrew. “We were very blessed not to have more damage.”
 
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