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Add Miami-Dade mayor to chorus of South Fla. GOP'ers against uncapping Citizens insurance rates

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez joined other South Florida Republicans in opposing a plan by Citizens Property Insurance, the state insurer of last resort, to remove a 10-percent cap on rates for new policyholders.

Gimenez sent a letter to Citizens' interim president, Tom Grady, calling the proposal "very troubling and against the interests of all Floridians."

"I realize this is a difficult issue, but singling out new policies to carry a higher burden of insurance costs will have a devastating effect on the State's ability to attract businesses and create much needed jobs," Gimenez wrote in the May 18 letter.

Other Miami Republicans, including state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Sen. Anitere Flores, have also criticized the Citizens plan -- an indication that South Florida politicians are not willing to go as far as some of their party counterparts in what they are calling a risk-reduction campaign to avoid "hurricane taxes" after a major storm. Gimenez is a Republican, but serves in a non-partisan post.