|Date:||August 17, 2019|
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis was in Bay Bounty again with the goal of helping his community after Hurricane Michael.
This Friday and Saturday, he held a Hurricane Michael Insurance Consumer Village at Gulf Coast State College.
The event allowed people still in need of insurance money after the storm to get face-to-face with their insurance companies.
CFO Patronis says he knew he had to hold this event again when he was told there were 21,000 claims still open at the end of June from Hurricane Michael.
"We've able to help coordinate between 22 different insurance companies, an excess of 2.2 million dollars, and we're not even finished with today [Saturday] yet, and that's 2.2 million dollars of relief. That's not a single dollar of taxpayers dollars, not a single dollar of federal dollars, this is real insurance money rolling back in the hands of individuals that have genuine claims that will stay here in Northwest Florida," said Patronis.
"We've assisted more than 400 policy holders between yesterday [Friday] and today [Saturday]. They're coming in, they're able to sit down and actually speak with their insurance company, and they're actually walking out with checks in hand, as well, to help start that repair process," said Florida's Insurance Consumer Advocate Tasha Carter.
CFO Patronis says he isn't sure whether he'll hold another event like this, but is open to the idea if it's still needed.