Truex discusses insurance, health care

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG Charlotte County Commissioner Bill Truex discussed homeowners insurance and health care at the Englewood East Homeowners Association meeting at the Tringali Center Wednesday.

ENGLEWOOD — Englewood resident Bruce Pomeroy’s concerns at the Englewood East Property & Homeowners Association meeting Wednesday were health care and home insurance.

“It seems like the residents of West Charlotte County are getting shortchanged when it comes to health care,” Pomeroy said. “There was a proposed facility that was 3,000-4,000 square feet, but now it’s 1,600 square feet.”

Charlotte County Commissioner Bill Truex was the featured speaker at the meeting held at Tringali Center on 3460 N. Access Road in Englewood, where he also answered questions.

“The state is getting out of the primary health care business,” Truex said. “ I’ve been in contact with (Charlotte County Health Department Director) Henry Kurban and we were scheduled to meet with Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, but they declined to come.”

When they do finally meet, he said, he has some questions that need answering.    “We’ll ask what will happen (with the project) to the (Florida) Health Department,” Truex said. “Everyone in the commission is concerned. We’ll continue to fight and make sure we have the means.”

Pomeroy said he heard about a local woman who’s had an increase in the cost of her homeowner’s insurance because of Superstorm Sandy. He proposed a hot line to address homeowners’ concerns.

“Charlotte County has one of the highest ratings in the state when it comes to flood insurance and elevation according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” responded Truex.

Truex mentioned his own experience of getting inflation-guard coverage. Inflation-guard coverage is insurance that intermittently increases in value in order to keep a realistic amount of coverage due to the rapidly inflating cost of building materials.

Englewood resident Carrie Flynn was concerned about the lack of signage during holidays, like Mother’s Day at places like the beach.

Truex responded that he personally wants to audit paid parking to scrutinize if paid parking does generate enough dollars.

“Residents should get a different rate than tourists with all the taxes they pay,” Truex said. “Aside from that I don’t have much of an opinion.”

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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