For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2013

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to present Homeowners Insurance Task Force

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

Given the recent dissatisfaction and concern from residents regarding Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens), Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz will propose, at the Tuesday April 2, 2013 Board of County Commission meeting, the creation of a Homeowners Insurance Task Force.  The creation of this task force will assist in evaluating and recommending measures to improve issues relating to local property insurance programs, including recent unauthorized rate increases, unfair practices leading to the removal of credits, and other issues impacting the affordability of homeowners insurance for the residents of Miami-Dade County. 

“Citizens” is the state-run corporation whose public purpose is to provide insurance protection to property owners throughout Florida. “Citizens” operates according to statutory requirements created by the Florida Legislature and a Plan of Operation approved by the Florida Financial Service.   

The proposed task force would be created to evaluate, explore and formulate recommendations on improvements to local property insurance programs, namely “Citizens”. The task force would be comprised of 15 members appointed by the Miami-Dade Mayor and the Board of County Commission, and a designee of the Property Appraiser.

“After Hurricane Andrew, residents in South Florida have experienced a scarcity in insurance companies willing to provide homeowners with property insurance policies” said Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.  “The lack of options caused many residents to turn to Citizens, who instead of offering relief to our residents, have raised costs and a thorough review must be made to ensure our residents are treated fairly. During these strenuous economic times, we should help our residents receive relief, not increase insurance hikes.”

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.


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