Enjoying Fall in Florida

It’s fall, but you are in Florida. Despite the calendar date, when you wake up tomorrow, you will experience no change in the weather. It is difficult to get enthusiastic about the first day of autumn when it is still 90 degrees outside. “Florida experiences a slight change of seasons,” says …


How Far Can You Drive on Empty?

When the fuel light comes on in your car, does it set you in a panic causing you to dash to the nearest gas station or do you live on the edge and see how far you can make it? Well, thanks to the auto website, YourMechanic, you can get …


Doctors Against the Flu Nasal Spray

If your kids don’t like needles, we have some bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back the flu shot over the flu nasal spray. Their professionals do not feel the nasal flu spray effectively protects against the spread …


Storm Activity Necessitates Insurance Check

Florida historically experiences the most severe weather over the next eight weeks. August through October is peak hurricane season. Recent tropical activity serves as a reminder of the importance of preparing. “Seeing the recent devastation in Louisiana, and hearing the heartbreaking stories of loss, will hopefully prompt Floridians to review …

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Are Auto Tracking Devices Worth the Discount?

How much is your personal information worth? Car insurance companies are offering discounts in exchange for personal driving data. “Traditionally, auto insurers have based price on categories such as age, gender, where you live and the type of car you drive to determine the price of auto insurance,” says Ellsworth …

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Tips for Selecting a Doctor

You are having difficulty breathing, you are experiencing agonizing pain in your side, or your baby is howling and pulling at his ear-this is not when you want to try and find a doctor. A trip to the emergency room can cost you a significant amount of time and money. …


Your Neighbor’s Strange Pet

Floridians can privately possess everything from alligators to zebras as long as they have a permit. In most cases, neighbors are not legally required to disclose what kind of pets they are housing. “Exotic animals, like most animals, are curious and unpredictable,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, …


General Mills Expands Flour Recall to Other Brands

The General Mills Flour recall linked to an E. coli outbreak is making its way into other foods, causing several products to be removed from store shelves. Experts believe more recalls will come as a result of the tainted flour. “Seniors, the young and those with a compromised immune system …


Taking a Bite Out of Lionfish

“It isn’t often when Florida officials persuade fishermen and divers to get rid of fish,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent boat insurance agency. Lionfish are having a detrimental impact on Florida’s native species and habitats. The lionfish population is at a rapid increase and …


Toxic Algae Bloom in Florida

In a season that should be thriving with business and beach goers, along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the only thing blooming is blue-green algae. The algae growth has caused some beaches and waterways to be closed. “The detrimental water conditions are keeping many residents indoors,” says Ellsworth Buck, vice president of …