October 2016
Matthew is Headed Towards Florida

It's Fall, and unfortunately all of our eyes are still on the tropics. At Category 4 strength Hurricane Matthew is one of the most powerful storms we've seen in recent history, and there is imminent danger to our state.

We want to let you know that we are here if you were to suffer a loss. As long as the storm does not directly hit Pinellas county we will be in the office after the storm hits to respond to your claims. We also want to direct you to the claims numbers for most of our carriers located at if the storm comes towards Tampa Bay and we have to close. We want to be your advocate throughout the claims process, so please keep us in contact if you do reach out directly to the insurance company.

If you are in danger's way, please treat this storm with respect. Make proper preparations to your home and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow customers and Floridians.

Stay safe!


-Anita Crockett Ford, Principal/Owner
It's Time to Understand Your Hurricane Deductible!

With Hurricane Matthew looming, it might be time to dust off your insurance policy and check your Hurricane deductible. Did you know that you most likely are subject to your Hurricane deductible if you suffer damage and there's not even Hurricane-like conditions? We want you to understand your Hurricane deductible in our latest blog. Get informed here!

Trick or Treat!

Best places to spend Halloween this year

October is here!  It's time to pick out your costumes and plan your candy routes on All Hallow's Eve.  Here are a few of the best neighborhoods to trick or treat around this Halloween:
  • Old Northeast:
    • Known as the "best" place to trick or treat in St. Petersburg, the Old Northeast has over 200 participating houses and over 1000 costumed children and adults.  
  • Safety Harbor Main Street:
    • This is a free event that is safe and family friendly.  City Hall along with the fire station and other local businesses will be handing out treats from 4:30-6:30 pm.
  • Yacht Club Estates:
    • The Yacht Club Estates Civic Association hosts a Halloween parade each year in the neighborhood.  Expect lots of candy and lots of trick-or-treaters!
Insurance Resources Eats

Recipes from our employee's kitchen

Anita's Shrimp and Grits

4 ½ cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup stone-ground white grits
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 ounces white cheddar cheese, shredded
4 thick slices bacon
1 cup chopped white or yellow onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 1 ½ pounds, shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup chicken stock
3 green onions, chopped (white and light green parts only)
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Juice of a lemon, about 1-2 tbsp

Fry the bacon in a large sauté pan on medium heat until crispy.  Remove the bacon and chop.  Pour off all but about 3 tbsp of the fat.  Turn off the heat.
Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot.  Add the salt.  Slowly pour the grits into the boiling water while you stir with a wooden spoon.  Stir and pour gradually so you don’t get any lumps.  When all the grits are incorporated, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook the grits, stirring often, for 35 minutes.
Reserve about 1/3 of the shrimp whole and cut the rest into 3-4 pieces each.  Set aside.
When the grits have cooked for 30 minutes, heat the sauté pan on medium high.  When the bacon fat is hot, sauté the onion and green pepper over medium-high heat until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the bacon, garlic cloves and shrimp and toss to combine.  Let this cook another minute.
Add the chicken stock and let this boil down for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir the cheddar cheese and butter into the grits.  Salt to taste.
To serve, spoon out some grits in individual bowls.  Add to the shrimp the green onions, parsley, and lemon juice to taste.  Add salt if needed.  Spoon some shrimp over the grits and enjoy!

*Parts of this recipe we're taken from* 

Local Events

October 8 - Indian Rocks Beach Oktoberfest.  Join the fun at Kolb Park!  There will be live music, food and drinks, auctions, arts and crafts, and even a Kinderfest for some family fun.  Admission is free.  Das good.  Click here for more info.

October 14 - Isle of Capri Civic Association Wine & Cheese Party.  Enjoy this night of wine tastings, tasty snacks and live music because who doesn't like wine and cheese!  Purchase your tickets today.  Click here for more info.

October 27-30 - 35th Annual John's Pass Seafood & Music Festival.  Come eat creatures of the sea at this rockin' 4 day event!  Prepare yourself for Halloween fun, fishing tournaments, and the world's largest Bloody Mary toast!  Click here for more info.

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.

*Please contact us if you wish to have your event published in our newsletter.
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