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Florida Matters breaks down the impact of newest laws focused on state's property insurance crisis

A room in Florida's Capitol building in Tallahassee is filled with legislators meeting during a legislative session.
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The Florida Legislature in 2020.

We also talk with the mayor of Sarasota about the future of his growing city in 2023 and beyond.

This week on Florida Matters, a big question for Florida homeowners is how insurance reforms pushed through by lawmakers late last year will affect them.

The changes include ending the assignment of benefits and one-way attorney fees. The insurance industry says those are key factors in they excessive litigation they blame for pushing companies into insolvency.

Host Matthew Peddie talks with professor Chuck Nyce, with the Florida State University College of Business about whether the changes will stabilize the troubled insurance market and give homeowners some relief from spiraling rates.

RELATED: Florida's insurance commissioner steps down a day after lawmakers approved an industry overhaul

Later in the show, we spoke with Sarasota Mayor Kyle Battie about how the city is rebounding from the economic squeeze of the pandemic, and how a building boom is changing the city he grew up in.

Like many Florida cities, Sarasota is growing. Development is transforming the city skyline, and one of the challenges is how to accommodate growth while protecting the environment, providing affordable housing and preserving Sarasota’s artsy identity.

RELATED: Sarasota mayor Kyle Battie talks about the future of his booming city

Battie, who won election to the city commission in District 1 in 2020, was chosen as mayor in November. It’s a largely ceremonial, year-long position.

He’s a former model and TV host who grew up in Sarasota and worked in New York and Miami before returning to his hometown.

He ran for commission on a platform of helping small businesses and working families recover from the pandemic.

You can listen to the full conversations by clicking on the “Listen” button above. Or you can listen on the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

Hi there! I’m Dinorah Prevost and I’m the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show. That basically means that I plan, record and edit the interviews we feature on the show.
I am the host of WUSF’s weekly public affairs show Florida Matters, where I get to indulge my curiosity in people and explore the endlessly fascinating stories that connect this community.