Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefs

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FIRST COAST ABOUT TO BECOME MORE R.V. FRIENDLY

Northeast Florida's first Recreational Vehicle Friendly logo will be unveiled today, as Rep. Stan Jordan, R-Jacksonville, presents the logo at America's Best Value Inn on Harts Road at 1:30 p.m.

The logo, which will be affixed to the lower right corner of the existing sign logo for the business, is designed to tell R.V. travelers that the facility can accommodate their vehicle.

Businesses such as restaurants, fuel stations or hotels can be approved for the logo, which costs them $100.

"These signs will make a huge difference for R.V. travelers in our state. When they see the R.V. Friendly logo on a sign, they will know with confidence they can get in, get the service they need and get out safely. As an added benefit, businesses who participate should see an increase in the R.V. vehicles they provide service to," Jordan said.

Timothy J. Gibbons/The Times-Union

GOVERNOR REJECTS PROPOSED PLAN FOR CITIZENS INSURANCE

Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday rejected a proposed plan of operations for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and ordered a new plan for the state-created insurance firm.

Bush, Attorney General Charlie Crist, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson also ordered Citizens to conduct a series of public hearings while developing the new plan.

Citizens handles 1.2 million policies for Floridians who cannot find private insurance and is funded through an assessment on private policies.

Its plan of operations was due by Oct. 1, but the Cabinet on Tuesday passed a temporary order to keep the firm operating until a permanent plan is finalized by Jan. 31.

A statement issued by the Cabinet Tuesday said Citizens' submitted plan "fails to recognize its responsibility to the people Citizens was created to serve" by not specifying how it would address complaints by Citizens customers.

The Legislature last spring approved a $715 million payment for Citizens' recent deficits and required the company to submit a satisfactory plan of operation to the Cabinet. …

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