Governor faces criticism for “lack of leadership”
By Mika Pangilinan
Pressure has increased on Ron DeSantis as Florida faces historic increases in home insurance premiums.
Florida Congressman Maxwell Frost has demanded that DeSantis introduce measures to address the issue, joining previous calls asking the governor to make the state’s property insurance crisis a priority for the president.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), insurance premiums in Florida have tripled over the past five years. Floridians now face average annual payments of more than $4,200, a significant jump from the national average of $1,700.
In a letter addressed to DeSantis, Frost requested a meeting to discuss solutions to ease the financial burden facing homeowners across the state.
In one of these testimonies, a longtime teacher described how she may have to delay her retirement after her insurance premiums increased by $1,000 a year.
A Habitat for Humanity homeowner also revealed that their insurance policy was suddenly canceled, leaving them with a difficult choice between maintaining coverage and paying their bills.
Frost said in his letter, “From what I heard, your lack of leadership to properly regulate the insurance industry, reduce the devastation of extreme weather events, and make informed legislative decisions to solve the problem is hurting Floridians. Emphasis was placed on the direct harm caused to the
DeSantis needs to take “quick action”
Frost also raised his concerns on social media, saying that Florida’s property insurance crisis is “devastating thousands of people across the state.”
“Governor DeSantis needs to take immediate action now to protect Floridians,” he said.
“We all know he’s running for president, but we have real problems, real issues, and a property insurance crisis,” he said.
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