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As storm nears, Scott declares emergency in 18 counties

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive director Thursday declaring a state of emergency in 18 North Florida counties, from Madison on the east to Escambia on the west, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen. The other counties are Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson and Taylor. Karen is churning in the Gulf of Mexico and could strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall. Current tracks have the storm making landfall from Panama City, Fla., to Grand Isle, La.

-- Steve Bousquet

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Javi

Let's see what Tea Party Rick Scott will do without the federal government now. FEMA should give Scott $0 for any help.

Citizens Property Insurance Making Bank

When Gov. Rick Scott attended Miami-Dade County's annual hurricane preparedness news conference Thursday, he wouldn't say whether he planned to return a recent campaign contribution he received from an upstart company poised to reap a $52 million windfall from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance Company of St. Petersburg contributed $110,000 to Scott's reelection campaign in March. Last week, the board of Citizens, the state's largest property insurer, voted to ink a special deal in which Citizens will pay Heritage some $52 million to take over about 60,000 Citizens policies.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/05/gov-rick-scott-wont-return-heritage-contribution-following-citizens-property-insurance-deal.html#storylink=cpy

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