200 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Julie Patel
My Role

Covers property insurance and Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, and co-authors the House Keys blog, contributing items on issues that affect consumers' electricity and insurance bills.
My Biography

Julie was born in India and raised in Chicago by her mother. Before joining the Sun Sentinel in 2008, Julie worked for more than four years at the San Jose Mercury News where she won a 2008 national Emmy and helped with two award-winning projects. She also covered race and demographic issues, education, city government and the San Francisco 49ers' move to the San Jose area. Julie has a master's degree in communication from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.
My Interests

Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and dancing, painting, reading, cooking, roller skating, camping, paddle-boarding, kayaking and rock climbing.
My Recent Articles

Is FPL's $690 million proposed rate hike really needed? 7/24/2012
Consumer groups question key parts of the request Does Florida Power & Light really need to boost base rates $690 million a year?

Will Florida grow enough to require new FPL power plants? 11/28/2011

No opposition to FPL's $20m base rate increase 11/10/2011
Florida Power & Light has proposed adding about 23 cents to a monthly bill for a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours. That’s on top of a $2.49 monthly increase next year for environmental and other costs.

FPL nuclear employee found intoxicated at St. Lucie County plant 9/6/2011
Florida Power & Light's nuclear reactors received attention from regulators last week after a nuclear employee tested positive for alcohol and two of the reactors made a list of 27 that may need upgrades to withstand earthquakes.

Decrease in FPL bill approved 12/6/2011
Regulators reject plan to save more energy Florida Power & Light customers will pay almost $2 lesson their monthly bills starting in January because of lower fuel costs.