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Press Release

Regarding Cotton States Mutual Insurance Company’s Homeowners Rate Request
Monday, June 2, 2003
Contact Info:

Bob Lotane
(850) 413-2515 – (850) 528-2868

Tallahassee – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has announced a public hearing regarding a proposed rate increase filed by Cotton States Mutual Insurance Company. The rate filing is for Cotton States' Homeowners Insurance Program.

Cotton States' filing requests an average statewide rate increase of 32.5%. The average rate change varies by county. A list of average, county rate changes is included with this notice.

The Florida Administrative Code (Rule 4-166.051, F.A.C.) requires a public hearing to be held when a rate filing exceeds 25% and results in additional premium greater than two million dollars. Cotton States' rate filing meets these two criteria.

Interested parties who would like to participate in the hearing are invited to attend. The hearing will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday June 17, 2003. The hearing will take place at:

Florida Department of Transportation
Burns Building Auditorium
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, Florida

A copy of the hearing agenda may be obtained by contacting:
Martie Freeman
Office of Insurance Regulation
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0330
(850) 413-5286

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this hearing should advise the Office of Insurance Regulation at least 5 calendar days before the hearing, by contacting the person listed above.

Contact Info:

Bob Lotane
(850) 413-2515 – (850) 528-2868