Ron Hurtibise – Sun Sentinel
The arguments were familiar at a daylong forum in Boca Raton attended by 150 players in Florida’s homeowner insurance rate crisis.
But unlike their usual methods of venting over the past four years — legislative hearings in Tallahassee, websites, letters to the editor — the opposing sides listened to each other.
And that gave Sha’Ron James, the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, reason to hope a consensus might be possible that could head off the gloomy prospect of property insurance rate increases for years to come.
“People who expressed concerns about Citizens [Property Insurance Corp.] were actually talking with (Citizens President) Barry Gilway after making their comments,” James said afterward.