WLRN-TV, South Florida’s Public Television outlet, weighed in about the growing concerns about property insurance and the focus on the 2013 legislative session. Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald, participated in the station’s panel event, a Town Hall session co-hosted by the paper and the TV station. “This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with,” she said succinctly.
More than 600 people attended the information session, where Senator Chris Smith from Fort Lauderdale said to the audience, “We’re looking for ideas.”
A number of concepts are already on the table such as Florida joining with other coastal state in sharing the risk. Hurricane Sandy proved that Florida is not the only state with risk of severe storm damage.
Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala believes that legislators may not understand coastal issues and there will be a North-South divide right in Florida. Inland areas have a far different concern from the coastal areas.
The full Town Hall session is available here.