Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Homeowners left seeking alternative insurance policies after UPC files for bankruptcy

Since United Property Insurance & Casualty (UPC) has filed bankruptcy, it is forcing many of its 144,000 customers to seek alternative policies with the recently formed company known as Slide, which in most cases, is increasing rates considerably.

What’s driving auto insurance rates in Florida?

Carmella Pacella of Collier County said she and her husband retired to Florida thinking they’d enjoy a lower cost of living, attracted by the lack of state income tax and their assumption that costs for things like auto insurance would be lower than back in traffic-hectic New Jersey. As a long-term customer of Farmers Insurance with bundled home-auto, she was shocked in December when their annual auto insurance renewal jumped from $2,970 to $4,258. They’d had neither claims nor tickets.

Cape Coral neighborhood frustrated over uncooperative renters

One Cape Coral neighborhood was first frustrated with a home they called “the party house” after being kept up due to many obnoxious, rowdy parties.

Music blaring through the walls was enough for neighbors to handle, but now they’re dealing with bright lights blaring through their rental home.

‘Evening at the Ballpark’ on March 21 features Red Sox, Twins legends

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County’s annual Evening at the Ballpark on March 21 will include opportunities to meet and mingle with baseball legends from the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins.

Evening at the Ballpark, which will be held at JetBlue Park, will feature fun baseball-themed activities and games, dinner on the field, an autograph and meet-and-greet session, and panel discussions with former baseball players and staff. Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven and radio sportscaster John Gordon are among those confirmed to attend.

Local orchid expert has three species named for him

If you have a question about orchids, Dick Pippen is the person to ask.

A retired biological sciences and botany professor, Mr. Pippen served as president of the Naples Orchid Society for seven years, chaired the club’s annual orchid show and teaches its classes about the fundamentals of orchids.

There are even three orchid species named for him, including Lesueurara Dick Pippen’s SunCoast Lemon Yum- Yum.

Today in History

  • 1986 - Navy divers find the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.

  • 1964 - The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.

  • 1959 - The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.

  • 1916 - Mexican bandit Pancho Villa leads 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, N.M. killing 17 U.S. soldiers and citizens.

  • 1864 - General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.

  • 1862 - The first and last battle between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.

  • 1839 - The French Academy of Science announces the Daguerreotype photo process.