Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State Address ……..

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Good morning President Gardiner, Speaker Crisafulli and distinguished members of the Florida Legislature. Welcome Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Chief Justice Labarga and members of the Florida Supreme Court. And I would like to recognize my wonderful wife Ann. […]

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A Message: From Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater …..

A Message: From Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater …..

Dear Fellow Floridians:     Recently, a cyber-security breach happened that affected the national health insurance company Anthem, Inc., whose largest Florida subsidiary is Amerigroup. In response to this incident, our department has taken proactive steps to provide consumer information related to potential scams that may arise as a result of this data breach. Our […]

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Submitted by Karen Schoen   Education is the single common-denominator for a healthy individual, family and country. There is no doubt that the higher quality (not quantity) the education is, the more innovative, creative, productive, and successful the Population is, and the better the country is. Is this a problem?   In this article, we examine the effect […]

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Message from: Jeff Atwater …..

Message from: Jeff Atwater …..

Dear Fellow Floridians: January is Financial Wellness Month, and there is no better time than now to create a financial wellness plan to help you achieve your goals for the years ahead. You can take simple steps to ensure you’re on the right path to financial success. You should consider these basic questions when assessing […]

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A message from Jeff Atwater …….

A message from Jeff Atwater …….

2014 accomplishments and looking ahead to 2015. Dear Fellow Floridians: The end of the year is an important time to reflect on your accomplishments and make plans to improve on these successes in the year ahead. At the Department of Financial Services, I am very proud of the great strides we made in 2014 to […]

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A plan for living … this may be a great plan for 2016 ……..

Author unknown  –  I wish you a very happy New Year!   1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. 3. When you […]

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Jeff Atwater: Since 2011, our consumer helpline has answered more than one million calls ……

Jeff Atwater: Since 2011, our consumer helpline has answered more than one million calls ……

Dear Fellow Floridians:   As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I want to help Floridians keep their hard-earned money in their pockets and make informed financial decisions. One of the ways our department is accomplishing both of these goals is through our Division of Consumer Services. Since 2011, our consumer helpline has answered more than one […]

By November 10, 2014 Read More →

Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF

By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess, I had some initial apprehension about whether an electrical engineer would be properly attuned to the importance […]

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Jeff Atwater: Increase your financial knowledge …..

Jeff Atwater: Increase your financial knowledge …..

When you increase your financial knowledge, it not only increases your potential for financial prosperity, our entire state’s economy benefits from smarter consumers and more financially savvy business leaders. That’s why as Chief Financial Officer, I have made it a priority to identify and provide financial education resources to Floridians of all ages. One of […]

By October 24, 2014 Read More →
Jess Atwater says: Transparency ensures accountability …

Jess Atwater says: Transparency ensures accountability …

Dear Fellow Floridians: Transparency ensures accountability, and Floridians have a right to see how every penny of the money they send to their government is spent. One of the ways we are making such transparency possible is through Florida’s Accountability Contract Tracking System, also known as FACTS.     On our FACTS website, you can view […]

By September 20, 2014 Read More →

How To Stay Young ……

Even if you don’t stay young in age, you will stay younger at heart!   1.  Try everything twice.   You may enjoy it both times and what a thrill.   2.  Keep only cheerful friends.  The grouches pull you down.  The grouches pull you down.  (Keep this in mind if you are one of those […]

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Thoughts can make a difference …….

Losing a loved one is something everyone goes through sometime in their life.   However,  the love and thoughts of others is what sees you through the hard times, so I want to share this poem with others who may be facing the same things.     Stand Still I occasionally am shaken from my pace and […]

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Governor Rick Scott: We Must Stand With Israel ……

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement in the wake of violence in the Middle East:   “As the crisis continues in the Middle East, Florida stands with Israel and specifically recognizes Israel’s right to defend all Israelis against acts of violence from Hamas.   “Israel’s fight to end the senseless […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →

Ways To Reduce Stress ……

An Angel says,  “Never borrow from the future.  If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain.  Even if it does happen, you  have to worry twice.”   1. Pray   2.  Go to bed on time.   3.  Get up on time so you can start […]

By August 10, 2014 Read More →
Message from Senator Don Gaetz ……

Message from Senator Don Gaetz ……

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. July 31, 2014 Dear Neighbor, We have a bit of good news for those who support holding our elected officials accountable through strong ethics laws. Earlier this week, a circuit court judge in Leon County upheld the bipartisan ethics reform legislation passed during the 2013 Legislative Session. […]

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Personal Comment by Kathy Foster

For the past several months we’ve been concerned that we might have lost some palms and cycads to this past winter’s unseasonably cold weather.    That’s a real concern for property owners who have landscaped with what it suppose to be plants tolerant of our region’s normal temperatures.   However,  this past weekend we got […]

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