Charles Elmore

Charles Elmore has written investigative, business, sports and government stories and columns with The Palm Beach Post and The Atlanta Constitution. National Headliner, Florida Press Club, Best of Cox and APSE awards have honored work ranging from covering the Olympics, French Open and Wimbledon to serving as state bureau chief in Tallahassee. He won the 2014 and 2015 Sunshine State Award for consumer reporting and 2016 Florida Press Club awards for the state’s best blog and business reporting. He and wife Jenifer have three children, Holly, Shelby and Andrew.

Latest from Charles Elmore

Equifax tops Florida gripes. Knives are out for credit-freeze fee
 Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax
            emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection
            Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...
House votes 88-15 to repeal Florida’s no-fault car insurance system
 The Florida House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to mothball the state’s no-fault car insurance system in place since the 1970s, sending a clear message for the second straight year amid rising expectations the Senate will pass its own version of repeal this session. “We will be able to do this at a cost reduction to the average...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Florida House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to mothball the state’s no-fault car insurance system in place since the 1970s, sending a clear message for the second straight year amid rising expectations the Senate will pass its own version of repeal this session. “We will be able to do this at a cost reduction to the average...
JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says
 Ford issued a critical warning Thursday that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags
            are an “immediate risk to safety,” federal officials said. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair,” a statement...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ford issued a critical warning Thursday that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags are an “immediate risk to safety,” federal officials said. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair,” a statement...
Texting while driving: Tougher enforcement advances in House
 On the opening day of Florida’s legislative session Tuesday, a bill to make texting while driving a primary offense unanimously
            cleared a state House committee where it died last year. Texting behind the wheel has become a huge cultural problem where it can seem like “everybody does it,” but “as the state...

Posted: 7 days ago

On the opening day of Florida’s legislative session Tuesday, a bill to make texting while driving a primary offense unanimously cleared a state House committee where it died last year. Texting behind the wheel has become a huge cultural problem where it can seem like “everybody does it,” but “as the state...
Don’t raise driver bills with no-fault PIP reform, insurer group says
 Florida legislators have a chance to save drivers close to $1 billion a year by 
            ending the state’s no-fault car insurance system after nearly five decades, but not if they adopt a Senate version expected to be considered a day after the session opens
            Tuesday, an industry group said. SB 150 sponsored by Sen....

Posted: 8 days ago

Florida legislators have a chance to save drivers close to $1 billion a year by ending the state’s no-fault car insurance system after nearly five decades, but not if they adopt a Senate version expected to be considered a day after the session opens Tuesday, an industry group said. SB 150 sponsored by Sen....
Bills to end no-fault car insurance poised for early play in session
 Getting t-boned by another driver in West Palm Beach was the first surprise, Lynn Sparks said. Another was learning Florida is one of only two states that do not require drivers to carry liability insurance to cover injuries to others. That’s why she will watch closely to see if state legislators are ready to make big changes when they...

Posted: 10 days ago

Getting t-boned by another driver in West Palm Beach was the first surprise, Lynn Sparks said. Another was learning Florida is one of only two states that do not require drivers to carry liability insurance to cover injuries to others. That’s why she will watch closely to see if state legislators are ready to make big changes when they...
Drive Avis, Budget, Payless? File by Sunday for Florida toll refunds
 Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on 
            Florida toll charges that involve more than 
            $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click 
            here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...

Posted: 12 days ago

Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on Florida toll charges that involve more than  $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...
Western Union scam refunds: Window on $586 million closes Feb. 12
 If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb.
            12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline
            problem agents, 
            federal officials  reminded consumers...

Posted: 13 days ago

If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb. 12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline problem agents, federal officials  reminded consumers...
Irma: More than half of claims unpaid, delays called shameful
 ROYAL PALM BEACH — Michael and Carol Watson said Hurricane Irma littered their yard with roof shingles but they were “stunned and incredulous” when their insurer sent them a letter more than 70 days later. It said “no storm related damages were found” and the company announced it had closed its file. U.S. Army...

Posted: 19 days ago

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Michael and Carol Watson said Hurricane Irma littered their yard with roof shingles but they were “stunned and incredulous” when their insurer sent them a letter more than 70 days later. It said “no storm related damages were found” and the company announced it had closed its file. U.S. Army...
Credit card debt jumps 9%. Bad sign? Depends on your credit score
 The average debt on U.S. credit cards has climbed 9 percent in two years after a big pullback following the financial crisis
            nearly a decade ago, a 
            new federal report says. Total revolving debt has increased very close to pre-recession levels of about $1 trillion. Slouching toward a new debt crisis? Depends on...

Posted: 19 days ago

The average debt on U.S. credit cards has climbed 9 percent in two years after a big pullback following the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, a new federal report says. Total revolving debt has increased very close to pre-recession levels of about $1 trillion. Slouching toward a new debt crisis? Depends on...
Trump touts Obamacare death knell, arrives to Florida sign-up surge
 President Donald Trump said killing the penalty for lacking health insurance essentially repeals Obamacare, only to arrive in Florida where an unexpected 1.7 million signed up for 2018 plans in half the usual time. “Hearing that we matched last year’s total of 1.7 million Floridians is amazing,” said Jodi Ray, project director...

Posted: 24 days ago

President Donald Trump said killing the penalty for lacking health insurance essentially repeals Obamacare, only to arrive in Florida where an unexpected 1.7 million signed up for 2018 plans in half the usual time. “Hearing that we matched last year’s total of 1.7 million Floridians is amazing,” said Jodi Ray, project director...