Good things are happening at Florida Gateway College. The new First Responder Training Facility was dedicated today at the Olustee campus. High quality fire training helps keep homeowner premiums low. The facility allows local agencies to train locally without traveling out of town. Big shout out to the FGC Foundation, the Community Foundation of Suwannee Valley, Potash Corp and Avery Roberts.
It feels like we just finished the 2016 hurricane season, and here we go again with a new season. Maybe that feeling is because many of us or our friends suffered storm damage last year. Nevertheless, it is time to think about protecting our homes. This week, two monster laurel oak trees were removed from our office property. They were deteriorating fast and needed to come down. We feel good that those trees will not put us at risk if the wind blows this year. Don’t forget to survey your property for potential wind dangers.
Customer Appreciation 2017
More than 100 customers came by our office Friday to enjoy grilled Nettles sausage and corn-in-the-husk with Cajun butter. The weather was perfect, and we all had a good time. In fact, we ran out of sausage and had to send Ed to the store for a resupply. If you missed us, we will do something fun in the fall. We are thinking about a peanut boil. If you would like to see something on our menu, let us know. We are open to all ideas fun. We appreciate our customers, and we enjoy serving our community.
We commend the Lake City Reporter for bringing to attention the Florida Legislature’s failure to enact Assignment of Benefits reform in today’s editorial. Homeowners will continue to pay more premiums than necessary because unethical attorneys and contractors are allowed to prey upon unsuspecting homeowners.
We are cooking up Nettles sausage and grilled corn this Friday. We appreciate our customers and want to start off the Memorial Day weekend with some fun and fellowship. Swing by our office between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Come hungry. See you Friday.
Lightning damage is covered
The storm that raged over Columbia County late Monday night might safely be considered an epic lightning event. Few Columbia County-ans slept as lightning struck minute by minute throughout the night. As expected, we have received numerous lightning claims in our office over the last two days. Lightning is a “covered peril” under most property insurance policies, even basic peril policies.
We want to alert you to a little known provision of the Homeowner (HO-3) coverage form. Did you know that there is coverage for trees damaged by lightning? In fact, up to $500 is available per any one tree, shrub, plant or lawn located at your residence premises when damaged by lightning, fire, vandalism, theft and a few other perils. Tree damage from windstorm, however, is not covered.
If you are making a claim for lightning damage to your property, don’t forget to inspect your trees for damage; additional payments may be available to you. Call us at (386) 752-8660 if you would like to learn more.