• Stephen Warneke

One of Florida's Best Consumer Resources (FDACS)



When Your Detective of the Air discovered the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website, he knew he hit a TREASURE TROVE of resources available to our listeners. So Steve brought in Mary Barzee Flores, the Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Services to talk about how citizens can file an official complaint against a business for the department to investigate.


"We're getting Florida consumers close to $3 million dollars of your hard-earned money back every year."

Not only that, but there are many more resource options available to you such as the latest local information on restaurants and stores in regards to the coronavirus, charities you can donate to, how to buy fresh produce, state animal laws, concealed carry licenses, even a place where you can read an outline of consumer rights and responsibilities here in the state of Florida.

For your convenience, we've put some of the most helpful links below!

Coronavirus Info and Updates

The FDACS is providing guidance to consumers and food retailers/establishments on food safety to mitigate infection risk from COVID-19 (coronavirus).


A-Z Resource Guide

The A-Z Guide can help you find the proper agency or resource to assist you with your questions, problems and concerns.


Animals

Find information about animal diseases, Florida's Pet Law, traveling with dogs and cats, moving horses and other animals, and more.


Business Search

Find out if a business is licensed and registered with us and view its complaint history.


Buy "Fresh From Florida"

Learn where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, ferns, Christmas trees and other products from the Sunshine State.


Charities

Use FDACS Check-A-Charity tool to find out if a charity is properly registered and how it spends donations.


Concealed Weapons License

Learn more about Florida's concealed weapon license program, its requirements and your eligibility.


Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Resources to educate Florida consumers and help protect them from unfair and unsafe business practices.


Do Not Call List

Florida residents who do not wish to receive sales calls or sales texts may have their number included on the Florida Do Not Call List.


Energy

"My Florida Home Energy" takes you on an interactive tour through your home and offers tips for improving its energy efficiency.


File a Complaint

File a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Generator-Powered Gas Stations

See a list of retail gas stations that have access to generator power during emergencies.


Health & Safety

Find information about food safety, disaster preparedness, product recalls, food- and mosquito-borne illnesses, and more.


Identity Theft

Find information about how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft, including child identity theft.


Points of Interest

You can use this map to help plan your trip to Florida, find local resources, or just to learn about the different festivals and markets.


Product Recalls

Find information about recalls of consumer products, food, motor vehicles, and recreational boats.


Protect Our Environment

Learn about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, urban forestry programs, the Don't Pack a Pest campaign and more.


Recreation and Leisure

Learn about fun events and places in Florida, including fairs, seafood festivals, state forests, horse trails and U-pick farms.


Scams and Fraud

Every year Floridians lose money to scammers. Learn about some common scams and ways that you can protect yourself.


Veterans

Learn about services for active military members and veterans, including the Operation Outdoor Freedom program for wounded veterans.


For more information and other helpful links visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website or call 1-800-HELPFLA.


Earlier last week we received a call about Lysol / Clorox wipes that were being sold for $15.00 a pop! THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS. So buyer beware: Florida has activated its price gouging hotline! If you find it, report price gouging to the Attorney General's Office online at www.myfloridalegal.com or by calling toll-free at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.

The Steve Warneke Show is LIVE SATURDAYS at 10AM EST to 850 WFTL on your South Florida AM dial or you can stream live during the show at www.850wftl.com.


If you haven't already, or need more information, listen to the recorded show HERE! or watch the show on Facebook!

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU WANT ANSWERED, A PROBLEM YOU WANT US TO INVESTIGATE, OR A COMPLAINT TO SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS, TELL US HERE AND WE'RE ON THE CASE!

IF YOU ARE A TRUSTED BUSINESS, APPLY HERE TO BE ON STEVE'S TEAM OF EXPERTS!

Until next time...