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The Leon County Commission approved, earlier this week, a measure to add pedestrian safety measures to Dempsey Mayo Road. Three crosswalks will be raised and repainted for visibility. Residents have recently noted that increased traffic has made the road less safe.
In an online spat, Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch posted an image of new road signs being placed across Leon County discouraging local drivers from giving money to panhandlers in the roadways. In response, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow criticized the signs saying “I don’t think we need the government telling us what we can and can not do with our own money,” while also saying that “there is a refusal to address the actual need in our community.”
Farmers Insurance announced yesterday it is pulling out of Florida ending home, auto and other policies. Approximately 100,000 Florida customers will lose their insurance coverage. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said he would hold Farmers accountable if they pulled out of the state.
In turn, the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. added more than 5,500 new policies last week, with another 400,000 expected by the end of the year. Citizens has grown so much that lawmakers have been worrying about stabilizing the insurance market.
The consulting firm Venture Smarter recently rated Florida as the No. 1 small business state in the Union. The firm noted that domestic migration and tourism are creating “substantial amounts of foot traffic.”
Florida State athletics announced the nine new members to be inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall. The Inductees include: trand and field star Ricardo Chambers, baseball’s Pedro Grifol, football’s Rodney Hudson, softball’s Leslie Malerich, soccer’s Tiffany McCarty, baseball’s Eduardo Perez, soccer’s Kelly Rowland, Dr. Frances Cannon, and former head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau.