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Florida has faced a historic hurricane season, with multiple storms causing catastrophic damage and unprecedented flooding across vast parts of our state. Much work has been done already to get Floridians back on their feet, but many additional steps must still be taken to achieve full recovery. Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias

Many Florida families are currently in the process of navigating the federal flood claims process, and I’ve so far been encouraged by the collaboration between state officials and the federal government. However, I’ve recently been made aware of a process change that could delay future progress.

The federal government is soon planning to transition the third-party vendor it uses to manage the 600,000 policies that are part of the National Flood Insurance Program. While the change may bring efficiencies and smoother processes, making such a shift during the heart of hurricane season also stands to delay the processing of pending claims.

Right now, Florida’s focus is to help families return to normal life, and to make sure we’re able to continue in that fashion, I’ve penned a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long to learn more about his plans for this transition.

I have asked that his team develop a plan to guarantee pending claims are processed as planned, with no delays. I’ve asked the plan be made available to the public to confirm that policyholders can be confident while navigating the claims process. And, if this cannot be accomplished right now, I’ve asked Administrator Long to consider delaying this process change until after the end of hurricane season.

Officials in Washington are currently discussing their plans and making possible revisions to their implementation timeline. I look forward to engaging in future discussions, and I plan to continue raising my voice to make sure that Florida’s recovery process does not get derailed.

To read a copy of the letter I sent to Washington, haga clic aquí. I will keep you apprised as the issue moves forward.

Atentamente,

Jimmy Patronis
Jimmy Patronis
Oficial Principal de Finanzas
Estado de la Florida


Noticias de Interés

WCJB ABC 20: Fallen Firefighters honored in Marion County
All gave some and some gave all. And those firefighters who gave their lives in the last year were honored at the Florida State Fire College in Marion County today. Some family members of the fallen firefighters had the chance to explain why today is a day they will always remember. More than 300 people, including local, state and out of town firefighters gathered in the courtyard of the Florida State Fire College to honor the lives of their fallen brothers and sisters.


The Florida Channel: Face to Face with CFO Jimmy Patronis
CFO Patronis discussed his first months on the job, Hurricane Irma, Assignment of Benefits, and much more on Florida Face to Face with Beth Switzer.

Florida Keys News: No sea víctima de Irma por segunda vez
La temporada de huracanes no terminó y por lo tanto, tampoco lo ha hecho la temperada de estafas a los consumidores, que entró en modo hiperactivo luego de que Irma arrasara la Florida. Homeowners are particularly vulnerable to fast-talking, document-waving con artists who promise to help with repairs, insurance claims and Federal Emergency Management Agency payments. "Hurricanes bring out a lot of good in people and also the worst in those few bad actors preying on homeowners whose most prized asset has been damaged," said Jon Moore, spokesman for Florida’s Department of Financial Services.

Ocala Star Banner: Remembering fallen firefighters
More than 300 people, including local, state and out-of-town firefighters, gathered Friday in the courtyard of the Florida State Fire College to honor and remember those of their comrades who gave their lives. The roughly one-hour service began at 9:50 a.m. with State Fire College Bureau Chief Mike Tucker welcoming those in attendance and telling the audience that we "embrace" the people who died and "will remember them." Of the 193 people named on a program, nine - Joseph T. DeMarini, James F. Dorminy, James Russell, Sidney Houpt, Robert Knight, Sam Frazer, Norman Hastings, Joel D. Wooldridge and Vern Gransden - were singled out for special mention.

Tampa Bay Times: Study: Florida has fourth-most competitive tax code
Florida's tax code is the fourth most competitive in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by nonprofit group Tax Foundation. "The index ranks states based on their tax structure, not their tax burden," the study said. "States with complex tax codes that distort business decisions do poorly, while states with transparent, neutral, fair tax codes score well." The Sunshine State had the most competitive individual income tax structure and the second-most competitive unemployment insurance tax structure.

WJCT News: Florida Gas Prices Drop After Storm Spike
Gasoline prices in Florida have fallen seven cents during the past week and 25 cents over the past month, after hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove up costs at the pump. The downward trend is expected to continue in the coming weeks, barring more tropical weather in the Gulf of Mexico. The auto club AAA said the average price per gallon of gas in Florida is $2.47 a gallon, down from $2.72 a month ago. In Jacksonville the average price for a gallon of regular was $2.43, according to gasbuddy.com.

Elizabeth Boyd Ascendió a Viceoficial Principal de Finanzas

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday announced that the Department of Financial Services’ long-time Legislative Affairs Director Elizabeth Boyd has been promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer. En este nuevo puesto, Elizabeth supervisará los asuntos legislativos, las investigaciones y la planificación del Departamento, el gabinete y las oficinas de comunicaciones, así como la División de Servicios al Consumidor y la División de Propiedad No Reclamada.

CFO Patronis said, "For six years, Elizabeth has advanced the Department’s legislative priorities and secured great success on initiatives important to enhancing the lives of all Floridians. Her expansive knowledge on insurance, finance and regulatory matters, as well as a broad understanding of the legislative process, makes her well-suited to lead our Department in this capacity."

Elizabeth se incorporó al Departamento de Servicios Financieros en septiembre de 2011 en el puesto de Subdirectora de Asuntos Legislativos. Como subdirectora, contribuyó con el desarrollo de la agenda legislativa del Departamento y defendió las iniciativas del Departamento frente a la Legislatura de la Florida y otras partes interesadas. En este puesto, contribuyó con la aprobación de leyes que incluían la creación de una declaración de derechos de reclamaciones de propietarios de viviendas y la implementación de grandes reformas relacionadas con la transparencia en las leyes de contratos del estado de la Florida.

Los logros legislativos de Elizabeth le permitieron ascender a Directora de Asuntos Legislativos en diciembre de 2014, puesto en el que trabajó como asesora legislativa y cabildera principal del Oficial Principal de Finanzas. As director, Elizabeth has been instrumental in securing several legislative victories, including a ban on a medical billing practice known as "balance billing" in which health care providers bill patients for out-of-pockets costs not covered by health insurance and securing the end of a pervasive insurance business practice that derailed the proper payment of life insurance policies to beneficiaries.

Antes de incorporarse al Departamento, Elizabeth ocupó puestos legislativos en el Departamento de Servicios de Administración, dentro de la Oficina Ejecutiva del Gobernador Jeb Bush, y para la Lotería de la Florida. Obtuvo una licenciatura en comunicaciones de la Florida State University.

The Department’s current Deputy Legislative Affairs Director, BG Murphy, has been promoted to Legislative Affairs Director. Murphy se incorporó al Departamento en febrero de 2015, después de trabajar como asistente legislativo del Representante Halsey Beshears. En 2014, Murphy dirigió una campaña exitosa del Representante Brad Drake. Murphy también trabajó en administración y relaciones corporativas dentro del sector privado. Obtuvo una licencitura en ciencias políticas en la Florida State University.

Ambos ascensos se hicieron efectivos el lunes 16 de octubre. Para obtener más información sobre el Departamento de Servicios Financieros, visite www.myfloridacfo.com.

CFO Patronis honors Fallen FirefightersEl Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis Honra a los Bomberos Caídos durante el Servicio de Conmemoración Anual en Ocala

On Friday, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis honored Florida firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty during the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. CFO Patronis was joined by family members of the fallen and fire service personnel from across Florida to memorialize Joseph T. DeMarinis with the Clermont Fire Department and James F. Dorminy with the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Seven historical line of duty deaths were also recognized as part of Friday’s ceremony.

CFO Patronis said, "Firefighters are deserving of our unending gratitude for laying their lives on the line each time they report to work. Hoy, honramos a aquellas personas que hicieron el máximo sacrificio prestando servicios a otros y perdieron la vida muy pronto. By adding their names to Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial, they will forever be remembered as the heroes that they are."

Joseph T. DeMarinis passed away on July 14, 2016. El bombero DeMarinis se incorporó al Departamento de Bomberos de Clermont en agosto de 2014. DeMarinis era un veterano del Cuerpo de Infantes de Marina de los Estados Unidos que participó de dos misiones en Irak. Lo sobreviven sus padres, su esposa Brandi y sus cinco hijos de entre 1 y 17 años de edad.

James F. Dorminy, a 23-year veteran of the fire service passed away on May 18, 2017. Lo sobreviven su esposa Lesly y cuatro hijos.

In addition to Firefighter DeMarinis and Lieutenant Dorminy, the following individuals were also added to Florida’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial, representing historical line of duty deaths: James Russell with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on January 11, 1925, Sidney Houpt with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on March 7, 1926, Robert Knight with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department who passed away on December 27, 1940, Sam Frazer with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on February 15, 1953, Norman Hasting with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department who passed away on November 28, 1961, Joel D. Wooldridge with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on December 4, 1974 and Vern Gransden with the Miami Fire Department who passed away on October 29, 1977.

En total, hay 193 nombres representados en el Monumento al Bombero Caído de la Florida.

Recent Posts to Facebook from the Department of Financial Services @FLDFS

Mes de las Pequeñas Empresas Lideradas por MujeresSTART - Save Today and Retire Tomorrow Semana de Prevención de IncendiosFlorida Keys Community Insurance Forum

Operation S.A.F.E.Talleres Be Scam Smart de Operation S.A.F.E. en Altamonte Springs el 1 de noviembre

El Oficial Principal de Finanzas de la Florida Jimmy Patronis lo invita a participar de Operation S.A.F.E., Be Scam Smart, un taller gratuito para adultos mayores, sus familias y sus cuidadores.

El Departamento de Servicios Financieros de la Florida lanzó Operation S.A.F.E. (siglas de Stop Adult Financial Exploitation, "Basta de Explotación Financiera de Adultos Mayores" en Español) como parte de la iniciativa On Guard for Seniors del Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis. Los talleres Be Scam Smart ayudan a que los adultos mayores de la Florida puedan informarse y protegerse de los fraudes y estafas financieras. Si quiere asegurarse de que sus ahorros estén protegidos, inscríbase para asistir a este taller y enterarse de cómo trabajan los estafadores y las estafas.

En los talleres Be Scam Smart aprenderá sobre:

  • Cómo Detectar un Comportamiento Fraudulento: ¿se encuentra usted en riesgo?
  • Estafas Comunes Orientadas a Adultos Mayores: ¿es esto demasiado bueno para ser verdad?
  • Cómo Luchar contra el Robo de Identidad: Proteger, Prevenir, Custodiar

Comentarios de adultos mayores que asistieron al taller Be Scam Smart:

"Realmente recibí mucha información valiosa". - Jacksonville
"Es un tema de interés muy valioso en nuestro mundo actual". - Arcadia
"Vivo solo y recibí mucha información útil que puedo compartir con otros adultos mayores". - Zephyrhills
"Gracias a esta presentación estaré más atento a lo que pasa a mi alrededor". - Pensacola
"La información fue muy buena y ahora tengo los ojos más abiertos que nunca". - Ormond Beach


Obtenga más información sobre nosotros en la sección Conózcanos o Regístrese para un próximo evento, incluido el siguiente taller:

Jueves, 1 de noviembre - Altamonte Springs 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
One Senior Place, Auditorium
715 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
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Resumen Económico de la Florida

Florida’s business tax climate ranks well
For the second year in a row, Florida has ranked as the 4th best state in the nation for its business tax climate. It ranked especially well for its personal income tax and corporate income tax laws.
Fuente: Tax Foundation