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Some flood insurance relief proposed by Pinellas Legislative delegation listen

01/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Flood insurance, Biggert-Waters, NFIP, FEMA, Kathleen Peters, emergency management, Carl Zimmerman


Devastating rate hikes to flood insurance premiums have become a focus for homeowners in low-lying and coastal areas. As Congress scrambles to delay implementation of a law that would remove subsidies on policies, Florida lawmakers are looking at ways to combat rising costs through flood mitigation planning. During a Pinellas Legislative Delegation meeting in Largo Monday, Florida Division of Emergency Management director Bryan Koon suggested rallying the state behind FEMA’s community rating ...

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Alex Sink announces five-point plan to tame flood insurance rates listen

01/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Alex Sink, David Jolly, Congressional District 13, Bill Young, Flood insurance, FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program, Biggert-Waters


Congressional Democratic Candidate Alex Sink announced a five point plan to tame rising flood insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses in Pinellas County. During a press conference in front of a home in Northeast Park today where residents pay some of the highest rates, Sink’s plan includes delaying rate hikes in effect now due to the Biggert-Waters Act passed to pay off FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program deficit.

Republican candidate David Jolly has said delaying the flood i...

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Some Tampa Bay residents eligible for federal disaster assistance listen

07/17/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The National Weather Service Tampa Bay reported strong thunderstorms in Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties today with gusty winds and even public sightings of a funnel cloud near Thonotosassa. Pasco is under a flood warning.

Today’s storms only contribute to the problems that began with Tropical Storm Debby. Renee Bafalis is a public information officer with FEMA. She says some Tampa Bay area residents are eligible to receive [federal disaster assistance](http://www.disasterassis...

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Coastal Cities Summit: Sea level rise is no longer a matter of if, but when listen

05/04/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cities on coastlines face unique challenges including flooding enhanced by rising sea levels. At the Bayfront Hilton in St. Petersburg this week people attending the 2012 Coastal Cities Summit warned about the consequences ignoring the threats to towns along the coast.

Of the estimated 60 guests in attendance, roughly half were local and half were representing for-profit companies. There were also a handful of non-profit, non-local government and international guests. Joseph Gunset is gene...

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Hillsborough County Commissioners aren't happy after audit of lavish Regent Center listen

11/02/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners are still trying to get to the bottom of how county money was spent on the opulent new Brandon Community Advantage Center called the Regent. Today, Commissioners heard from the director of county audits for the Clerk of Courts, Dan Pohto. But a county audit of the lavish center didn’t answer many questions commissioners, like Victor Crist, had.

“A question. I mean if there were public dollars tax dollars expensed in the development of this facility. ...

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Rick Perry campaign organizes in Tampa and Ron Paul v. Bernie Sanders on FEMA

08/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Coming up today we'll talk with Wes Maddox one of the organizers of a recent grassroots organizing meeting of the Rick Perry presidential campaign. We'll also hear two views on the proper role of the federal government in hurricane recovery: Ron Paul v. Bernie Sanders. Later we'll open the phone lines for your calls.

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