During stop in Jacksonville, Crist discusses plan to take on property insurance crisis in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, held a news conference Wednesday in Jacksonville, saying he has tackled property insurance in Florida before and he would do it again as governor.

He said he plans to take on the property insurance crisis impacting thousands of Floridians by reversing rate hikes and expanding coverage. He wants to go back some of the things he did when he was governor of Florida — like bringing back the My Safe Florida Home Program.

Florida’s property insurance market has been in upheaval as insurers have dropped customers and sought huge rate increases because of financial losses. Five property insurers have been declared insolvent since February, and policies have poured into Citizens Property Insurance, which was created by the state as an insurer of last resort.

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While campaigning in Jacksonville, Crist criticized Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and how he has handled the crisis, saying the governor is more interested in getting to the White House than protecting the Floridians’ homes.

“Gov. DeSantis created a property insurance crisis in Florida,” Crist said.

DeSantis called a special legislative session in May to address problems in the broader insurance system. Lawmakers made a series of changes, including trying to address roof-damage claims that insurers blame for increasing costs, trying to curb litigation costs about claims and creating a $2 billion program to provide additional reinsurance to private insurers.

News4JAX asked Christ what he plans to do differently.

“I called a special session just like Gov. DeSantis did. The difference was Gov. DeSantis had a special session that was really special for the insurance industry. He didn’t lower rates for you and me and

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