We are entering the most active part of hurricane season and this week serves as a reminder of how important it is to be prepared. Tropical Storm Emily formed overnight Sunday and Floridians on the Gulf Coast woke up to heavy winds and rain Monday morning. Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency in multiple counties and I activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline to protect Floridians buying storm supplies.
It was less than a year ago that Hurricane Hermine struck Florida’s panhandle. The Category 1 storm left thousands of Floridians without power, and was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade. A month later, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5 storm, traveled up Florida’s Atlantic Coast. A million Floridians and visitors were ordered to evacuate to safer areas—more than a million residents lost power.
With the potential for more storms in the coming months, I cannot not emphasize enough how vital it is to prepared now. The sudden development of TS Emily further demonstrates the importance of being ready. If you or someone you know is not prepared, please review our Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
This guide contains tips on how to be ready for the impact of a major storm and offers a sample supply checklist in case of evacuation, flooding or power outage. It also warns of common scams that can arise in the aftermath of a hurricane. Preparing now is the best action you can take to protect you and your family.
Windermere Home Invasion Ninja Robbers Sentenced to a Combined 95 Years In Prison, Orlando Political Observer
The bragged they’d get you out of debt. They ripped off $70 million, Florida says., Miami Herald
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the sentencing of three Immokalee men, also known as the ninja robbers, in connection to a home invasion robbery. The Honorable Robert Egan, Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit sentenced Henry Contreras, 51, and Andres Perez, 47, to 30 years in prison, and Jonathan Contreras, 30, to 25 years in prison. In May, a jury found the three defendants guilty of all charges, including home invasion robbery, kidnapping, carjacking with a firearm and armed burglary of a conveyance.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted this case. More.
Information for Consumers Affected by Closing of Alfred Angelo Bridal Stores
The Florida Attorney General’s Office released information to assist consumers affected by the recent closing of national retailer Alfred Angelo’s bridal stores. On July 14, 2017, the company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed its Delray Beach headquarters and 61 stores across the country. The sudden closing left consumers with more questions than answers regarding items purchased. More.
Attorney General Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline
Joe Oshie Abang, Attorney General of Cross River State, Nigeria, discussing the Child Rights Act and its role in fighting human trafficking.
Attorney General Bondi visiting with representatives from Alibaba following the Perspectives on Combating Human Trafficking panel at the CWAG Africa Alliance Partnership Meeting. Alibaba is using its ‘Reunion’ platform to help combat human trafficking by collaborating with various private and public stakeholders to track down kidnapping and human trafficking victims and reunite the victims with their families.