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FRLA’s Dover gives post-Irma recovery update

Florida is recovering from Hurricane Irma, which so far is responsible for more than $3 billion in insured losses. As more areas are assessed, that total is expected to rise. Irma especially devastated the Florida Keys and southwest Florida, before heading up the state. It impacted all of Florida and other southeastern states.

Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and an NRA board member, talked about Irma’s aftermath and how Floridians are cleaning up in its wake:

Overcoming the power outages and compromised water systems to get open have been our top priorities. Still, as expected, our industry’s deeply internalized generosity emerged immediately. From feeding first responders across Florida to FRLA member Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster bar organizing a relief flight to the U.S. Virgin Islands, our hospitality community is highly engaged in relief efforts.

The impact of Irma
About 90 percent of homes in the Keys are damaged and up to 25 percent destroyed. Tens of thousands of residents may need mid- to long-range alternative housing. The public water supply to the Keys is a 36-inch pipe running from the mainland to Key West. It’s been compromised, so full water restoration could take some time. But despite the challenges we’re facing, everyone – from bait and tackle shop owners to seafood shack operators to fine-dining and full-service hotel establishments ‑‑ has come together to help and support our many communities throughout the state.

Dover: When making repairs, beware of scams
Be on the lookout for unlicensed contractors. Be sure you have good information and help from your insurance representatives. Demand proof of licensing and liability insurance from any contractor you do not personally know. Also, be aware of something called an assignment of benefits. This is a document presented by a construction provider, such as a plumber, and signed by the insured. It relinquishes the rights of the insured to the construction provider and can result in padded claims or even litigation the insured doesn’t want and wouldn’t have authorized. Learn more HERE.

How you can help
We have heard from people all over Florida and across the country who want to help those impacted by Hurricane Irma. While there are many great organizations out there, we recommend you start with Volunteer Florida, our state’s official volunteer and donations clearinghouse. Or donate to the Florida Disaster Fund.

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