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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 …


Summer Car Maintenance

The drive to work, a relaxing day at the beach or other fabulous summertime excursions shouldn’t be threatened because your ride is unreliable. The summer can be harsh on your vehicle and requires a little extra attention. “Without spending a lot of money you can keep your car running smoothly …

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The Truth About Sunscreen

The sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months so it is important to take care of your skin while you enjoy the outdoors. “It is crucial to use some sort of sunscreen to protect your skin while out in the strong Florida sun,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of …


Buggin’ Out

Buzzing in your ear and sucking your blood, mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they are considered the deadliest creatures on the planet. Recent concerns over Zika have Floridians on edge when it comes to mosquito- borne diseases. “Mosquitoes are an irritation we have to put up with living in …


Hurricane Amnesia

Do you remember the last time a hurricane hit Florida? How can you take emergency managers seriously when the state has not seen a hurricane in over 10 years? “Having experienced a hurricane drought over the past several years, it is easy to forget how destructive one hurricane can be …