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CFO Jimmy Patronis Launches Holiday Money Hunt

11/22/2021

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 22, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis Launches Holiday Money Hunt
~ Initiative aimed at helping Floridians Find Unclaimed Property this Holiday Season ~
To view and download the video, click here.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With the holiday season just beginning, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to join his Holiday Money Hunt and search to see if you or your business has Unclaimed Property in Florida. CFO Patronis is launching the Holiday Money Hunt this holiday season to spread the word and help Floridians recover and claim cash that has been unknown or lost. Currently, Florida has $2.5 billion in Unclaimed Property and CFO Patronis is on a mission to spread holiday cheer and return every last cent back to its rightful owners. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, he has returned more than $1.4 billion back to Floridians. For b-roll video of the Florida unclaimed property vault and a selection of unclaimed items, please click here.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I am excited to kick off the Holiday Money Hunt this holiday season and spread the word about unclaimed property in Florida. During the holidays, everyone can use a little extra cash, and an unexpected check from the State of Florida may help make things a little brighter this year. I am going to be working throughout this month and next to get the word out about Unclaimed Property and I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity. One in five Floridians has Unclaimed Property just waiting to be claimed and it only takes a few minutes to search now by visiting FLTreasureHunt.gov."

In recognition of the Holiday Money Hunt, CFO Patronis and the Department of Financial Services’ official social media Facebook and Twitter accounts, @JimmyPatronis and @FLDFS, will use the hashtag #FLHolidayMoneyHunt throughout November and December. Follow along with us as we encourage Floridians to begin their search now. 

Florida Unclaimed Property Available by Media Market

• Pensacola - $56 million
• Panama City - $31 million
• Tallahassee - $41 million
• Jacksonville - $162 million
• Gainesville - $30 million
• Orlando - $395 million
• Tampa/St. Pete - $531 million
• Fort Myers/Naples - $137 million
• West Palm Beach - $296 million
• Miami - $905 million

Unclaimed Property is a financial asset that is unknown or lost, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or abandoned by its owner. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds. Unclaimed property also includes contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes in financial institutions. Unclaimed property assets are held by business or government entities (holders) for a set period of time, usually five years. If the holder is unable to locate, re-establish contact with the owner and return the asset, it is reported and remitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Unclaimed Property.

To search for unclaimed property or to claim an account, go online to FLTreasureHunt.gov.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).