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Insurance Villages Recovered $5.4 Million for Policyholders


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842

Insurance Villages Recovered $5.4 Million for Policyholders

SOUTHWEST, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that last week, January 23 through January 28, over $5.4 million in insurance claims checks were cut by 13 participating insurance companies at Insurance Villages in Punta Gorda, Englewood, and Fort Myers for 1,086 residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. Representatives from the National Flood Insurance Program, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were on scene meeting with consumers as well. These Hurricane Ian Insurance Villages have provided opportunities for local area residents having insurance issues to meet directly with their insurance company and work together to resolve outstanding claims.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I am proud of the men and women of the department who helped policyholders recover over $5 million in claims. Hurricane Ian was a massive storm, and it’s going to take years for this community to rebuild, so we want policyholders to get what they’re owed as quickly as possible, so they can get back to the hard work of rebuilding their lives.”  

Immediately following Hurricane Ian, DFS deployed two Initial Payment Centers in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. Between those two Initial Payment Centers in Lee and Charlotte counties, 34 insurance carriers participated and assisted more than 40,000 policyholders with initial storm claims.

For more information on Hurricane Ian insurance assistance please visit or directly file an insurance claim HERE.


About CFO Jimmy Patronis

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).
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