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The Party is Over

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By Diane Tait
With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d take a few minutes to remind homeowners about liability issues associated with hosting parties.Unlike a decade or so ago, today’s host or hostess has to worry about a lot more than whether their guests have a good time.They also need to be concerned about what occurs during and after the festivities.At least they do if they don’t want to wind up being eaten alive by lawsuits.

How to Make Halloween Less Scary for You & Your Kids

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By Diane Tait
There’s nothing more heartwarming than watching the kids in the neighborhood cavorting in from door to door in their adorable costumes on Halloween.Trick or treating has been a seasonal rite of passage for children for generations in the US.When I was little, about the only scary thing about Halloween from my mother’s perspective was whether I was going to get sick from eating too much candy.Of course, that was then and this is now.Today, parents of trick or treaters of all ages are concerned about many perils when they let their kids wander freely on the street at night.If Halloween scares you, this blog should help calm your nerves.

Oh Dear, Does Auto Insurance Cover Hitting a Deer?

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By Diane Tait
I was visiting a friend in Palm Coast the other day, when two deer scampered across the road.If you know anything about Palm Coast, you know the roads aren’t all that well lit.It took all my driving skills to swerve to miss both the deer on the left and the line of mailboxes on the right. Fortunately, I was only going 25, so I had time enough to avoid ruining Bambi’s day and mine.While deer aren’t all that common in Jacksonville, the same can’t be said in other parts of north Florida.In November of 2018, a teenager was involved in a fatal accident when he struck two deer that were crossing the road in Palatka only to swerve into a tree.With deer mating season only a few weeks away, I thought I’d take the time to cover the dos and don’ts of dealing with deer on the road.

Don’t Let Rip Currents Ruin Your Day at the Beach

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By Diane Tait
If you’re a surfer, the past few weeks have been a joy.With two hurricanes passing offshore, the waves have been awesome.For the rest of the beach-going public on the east coast of Florida, the situation has been more like awful.That’s because the storm tides have created rip currents that can pose a threat to the average beach-goer.Since the threat of rip tides won’t stop most beach bunnies, I thought I’d devote this week’s blog to telling you how to keep from being swept out to sea and possibly drowned by these treacherous currents.

When a Tree Falls

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By Diane Tait
I’m just about done picking up the fallen tree limbs after Hurricane Dorian passed by.It reminded me of how lucky we in north Florida were that the storm was far enough offshore that the wind didn’t do more damage.I can still remember the damage Hurricanes Matthew and Irma inflicted when they came through town.So, I thought I’d take a few moments to cover what to do when the next named storm puts Jacksonville in the crosshairs and trees in your neighborhood take a tumble.