Property insurance, cooking on a budget, and the complicated legacy of XXXTentacion – Low Calorie Diets Tips

This Wednesday, May 11, issue of the sundial:

Lawmakers are trying to address property insurance migrations

In just over a week, lawmakers will be back in Tallahassee for a special session. This time it’s not about district moves or Disney… it’s about property insurance.

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Lawmakers plan to address the price of homeowners insurance, which is skyrocketing because some carriers are going bankrupt — meaning they can’t pay their debts — while others are leaving the state. And if you’re a renter who thinks you’re not affected, then some landlords pass their higher insurance costs on to their renters.

Republican State Representative Tom Fabricio represents portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. He sits on the subcommittee on insurance and banking in the House of Representatives. His background is in insurance law. Fabricio joined Sundial to discuss some of the things lawmakers will seek to accomplish during a special session of the Legislature beginning Monday, May 23.

He said the crisis was partly due to the number of claims-related lawsuits and he would like lawmakers to agree to temporarily expand the state-designated disaster fund.

“If the state expands its [catastrophe] Fund, it would increase reinsurance requirements for some of these airlines that are on the brink of bankruptcy, it would reduce that requirement. That way they would be able to stay solvent,” he said. Although he would be in favor of this measure being discontinued after 12 or 24 months.

“We just want to make sure these carriers don’t go bankrupt so Florida homeowners can stay with their current insurance carriers during hurricane season. I think that’s priority number one, but that doesn’t solve the big problem. It’s just stopping the massive downward spiral we’re going through,” Fabricio said.

Luis Hernandez and Fabricio also discussed Senate Bill 76 of 2021, which you can read more about here.

Lawmakers are trying to address property insurance migrations

Camillus House BOSS Challenge

South Florida’s favorite chefs come together to help families cook on a budget.

Florida has one of the highest rates of people receiving food stamps – 14% of the state’s population use this support for their diet.

Local humanitarian charity Camillus House started a program called the CHEF Challenge, which stands for Cooking Healthy Easy Food. They help families prepare affordable meals with fresh ingredients.

The idea for the program came from Stacie Archer and her own life experience as a single mom of three on food stamps.

“I was barely making ends meet, and I sought help, got food stamps, and learned how to budget like never before,” Archer said on Sundial. She is also Camillus House’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year.

“I didn’t want her [my children] to realize that we ate frozen pizzas and macaroni and cheese every night, but they still ate the home-cooked meals they were used to.”

your food blog, Seven Plates, inspired BOSS Challenge. On the blog, she shares recipes and tips for cooking on a budget.

Florida International University is one of the sponsors of the program. James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken is the culinary director.

He also came to Sundial to talk about the local chefs participating in the program and the recipes they use, including his own Roasted chicken thighs with cheesy grits and a Coca-Cola collar.

Camillus House BOSS Challenge


The Complicated Legacy of XXXTentacion

A new documentary follows the life of XXXTentacion.

The local performer, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, died in June 2018 from multiple gunshot wounds.

Before his assassination, Onfroy made his mark on the music scene as one of the most streamed SoundCloud artists of all time

But he also made some controversial decisions – awaiting trial on felony charges of home invasion and aggravated battery after being arrested for hitting his girlfriend.

The story is now being told in a movie on Hulu titled Look At Me: XXXtentacion, due out on April 26.

“Who knew that XXXTentacion, a symbol of misogyny in his lifetime, would lead his death to a film culminating in a bittersweet feminist statement?” said a recent Variety film review.

The documentary’s director, Sabaah Folayan, spoke to Sundial about the process of telling this complicated story.

MDC’s Tower Theater Miami shows the film on Wednesday at 7 p.m

The Complicated Legacy of XXXTentacion


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