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The Burning Problem of America’s Sugar Cane Growers

Driving west on Florida Route 98 from Palm Beach, the smoke is visible before the warning signs. Near the Lion Country Safari (“Florida’s only drive-through safari”), there are, far across a vividly-green expanse, dark gray clouds climbing into the sharp-blue …

Criminal’s Sentence Hinges on Replacement Value of Sunken Treasure

The value that an insurance company placed on a stolen gold bar might play a key role in how much the thieves must pay for restitution. In 1980, treasure hunter Mel Fisher pulled Gold Bar 27 from the wreckage of …

Judge Won’t Halt Salvage of Capsized Ship on Georgia Coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard. The decision by …

Public Adjuster Arrested on Charges of Stealing From Hurricane Victim

ATLANTA — A public was charged with stealing more than $215,000 in insurance money from a Georgia business damaged by Hurricane Michael, authorities said. Steven Eric Chastain is accused of stealing insurance checks from a business in Albany, Georgia, and …

Viewpoint: Alvarez Defense May Stem Use of Exaggerated Estimates

The recently minted Alvarez defense has become an important sword in Florida homeowner’s property insurance carriers’ arsenal against overstated, excessive, and false claims. Every Florida insurance defense attorney and adjuster should be aware of and using this very effective defense. …

Florida Theme Parks Keep Eye on Virus as Spring Break Nears

ORLANDO, Fla. — As Florida’s busy spring break season kicked off this month, coronavirus czar Vice President Mike Pence addressed something that’s been on the mind of tens of thousands of families preparing to travel to theme parks: Is it …

Couple Recounts How Community Rallied to Fight the Flood

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Sitting in their home overlooking Eagle Lake, Paul and Linda Banchetti recalled their experience from the 2019 flood in a few words. “We were lucky.” Like many other residents in the small community that borders the lake’s …

Community Center Helps Storm Victims Rediscover Memories Torn Asunder by Tornado

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Other than a section torn from the bottom, the photograph is intact. Dated March 2014 on the back, it’s a graceful, lovely shot, the kind you might see in an engagement announcement: A young couple on railroad …

Death Toll From Tennessee Tornadoes Climbs to at Least 25

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighborhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept. At least 25 people were killed, some in their beds, …

Popular Climate Change Mitigation Financing Plan Has Its Fans and Foes

A decade ago, if a Floridian wanted extra cash to replace a roof, install solar panels or a brand new air conditioner, the most common choice was a bank loan. But for the last few years, homeowners also have had …

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