November 2016
Turkey Time!

I cannot believe November is here. We celebrate the end of the official hurricane season, with little damage to speak of and of course we celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving season. 

That being said, Thanksgiving can also bring on some unintended insurance issues.  Please be mindful of everyone’s safety as you are cooking your feast. An unintended kitchen fire would surely spoil your celebration, as would a slip and fall incident. If you are entertaining, please take a few minutes to survey your home and to make sure it is as safe as is possible. If you have a pool or animals, take extra precautions, especially if children will be involved. 

Thanksgiving is a time to offer thanks for all the blessings in our lives.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank you, our clients, for your trust.  We truly appreciate your confidence in our agency, and we humbly say: Thank You!  We truly are blessed in so many ways. 

-Anita Crockett Ford, Principal/Owner
If You Live in Florida, You Live in a Flood Zone!

Hurricane Matthew caused millions of dollars in flooding damage to the East coast of the United States. Unfortunately, many of the property owners that were affected did not have any insurance protection since they thought they were not in a flood zone. In our agent Brian Ford's latest blog, he shows you that even though your mortgage not require Flood insurance, it is a very smart idea to have Flood coverage (and the premiums are less expensive than you think).
Insurance Resources Eats

Recipes from our employee's kitchen

Kris' Cinnamon Apples
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

4 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking dish with the butter. Toss together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, coating apples.  Add OJ. Bake for 30 minutes. Check, and add water if needed, bake about 15 more minutes.

Ronnie's Run

This is not your ordinary race!  Help bring awareness to alcohol and drug abuse, and come support a good cause on November 19th at Fort DeSoto Park.  Click here to sign up.

Local Events

November 2-6- St. Pete Wine & Food Festival.  Enjoy food and drink pairings at this 5 day event in downtown St. Pete!  There will be grand tastings of wine and features by Tampa Bay's best chefs and restaurants.  Click here for more info.

November 5-6 - Brocante Market. Is your wallet burning a hole in your pocket? Do you like to shop till you drop? Great! Come to Brocante Market, St. Pete's ONLY monthly vintage market! 15,000 square feet of vintage goods sourced by 50+ Brocanteurs. Located at 2200 2nd Ave S, St. Petersburg. Click here for more info.

November 11-13 -  Northeast Exchange Club's Ribfest 2016. Enjoy delicious BBQ, listen to rockin' music, and support multiple organizations helping our children. Click here for more info.

November 13 - Shakin' & Bacon on the Lawn. Cinema Squatch presents Footloose on the Museum of Fine Arts lawn! Come enjoy an interesting bacon and milkshakes menu provided by Kings Street Food and Sweet Divas Chocolates.  There will be music, games, bacon you can eat, and Bacon you can watch.  What could be better?! Click here for more info.

November 16-20 -  8th Annual Sanding Ovations Master's Cup.  Come enjoy a weekend filled with world class sand sculptures, live music, food and drinks, and arts and crafts. Click here for more info.

November 19 - Ronnie's Run 5K. Not your ordinary 5K! Help raise awareness for drug and alcohol abuse by running or donating to this good cause. Click here for more info.

November 24 - Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.  Burn those calories before stuffing your face!  Options include a 1 mile run, a 5K, or a 10K.  Feeling up for a challenge?  The Clearwater Challenge will having you running all three races. Click here for more info.

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