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Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Home inspector Dave Sorge was on the job today with another home inspection to complete. 

Five years ago when he started "Inspect -it 1st," his industry was unregulated and tainted by shoddy home inspections. "The free market weeded out those guys that don't belong," he said. 

And a new law that makes every inspector get a state license, will make it even more difficult for a bad inspector to remain in business, he said.  "Is licensing really the cure for substandard performance? We'll see," he said. 

But the grandfathering of longtime inspectors, Sorge said, allows inspectors to be licensed with the most minimum qualifications.

"You could conceivably get a home inspector who has never performed a home inspection yet is qualified and licensed," said Sorge.

Winn-Dixie Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Free Doughnut Holes

Winn-Dixie Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Free Doughnut Holes

Winn-Dixie is offering guests a free jumbo doughnut hole in the in-store bakery Friday, June 3 (limit one per guest per store visit, while supplies last).

Hurricane Season Begins with Focus on Flood Insurance

Hurricane Season Begins with Focus on Flood Insurance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Why wait until the storm strikes?

Experts recommend looking at your hurricane plan now instead of waiting until a storm system is on the way.

One area to look at includes flood insurance and claims. Mark Goldwich of Gold Star Adjusters recommends reviewing all your documents now.

He also said to take pictures and video of your entire home and belongings.

Goldwich said you should be thorough but honest in claims, show the adjuster all the damage and be persistent.

You can view flood maps here.

River Cleanup and ‘Grow One’ Initiatives Highlight Annual Celebration

River Cleanup and ‘Grow One’ Initiatives Highlight Annual Celebration

As part of its annual celebration of World Environment Day (June 5), Anheuser-Busch and its Budweiser brand have again donated $150,000 to the River Network organization to help support watershed conservation projects in each of the company’s U.S. brewery cities.  In Jacksonville, Anheuser-Busch employees will be working with the St. Johns Riverkeeper organization on June 4 with a river cleanup.

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie is helping individuals and businesses to prepare now for what is predicted to be an “active to extremely active” year for tropical storms. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins today.

“Our guests can find the supplies to stock their hurricane kits at their neighborhood stores, and it can be done on a budget by using our Customer Reward Card and taking advantage of this week’s hurricane preparedness stock up and save sale in our stores,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.  “We are offering a number of Buy One, Get One (BOGO) sales, 10 for $10 items, and ‘Save ’til’ offers. That’s in addition to our Winn-Dixie brand products, which are better than or equal in quality to national brands at a significant cost savings.”

Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Publix Super Markets throughout the area, are partnering with Produce for Kids® on the largest-ever annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to encourage families to cook together and eat healthier.

Florida Insurance Law Tightens Filing Windows, Combats Fraud

Florida Insurance Law Tightens Filing Windows, Combats Fraud

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's homeowners insurance market hasn't been the same since Hurricane Andrew slammed the state in 1992.

Insurance expert David Miller, CEO of Brightway Insurance and independent agency, said change is long overdue and that recently passed state insurance laws will reduce fraud.

"We've seen a tremendous increase in fraud over the last few years," he said. "The law is meant to clamp down on ... (fraud) which does not help anyone."

Among the changes, homeowners now must have repairs completed before their insurance company pays the claim in full. "We had a system before that favored people getting claim money and not doing repairs and that was not good," said Miller.