After campaign donations, Gov. DeSantis reappoints old foe to Citizens Insurance board

He, his wife and a new appointee to the Citizens board gave DeSantis’ presidential campaign maxed out donations.

For a while there, relations between Gov. Ron DeSantis and homebuilding executive Carlos Beruff weren’t great.

It started when the two men traded barbs during opposing bids for the U.S. Senate in 2016. DeSantis called Beruff a “shady businessman” for accusations that Beruff’s company, Medallion Home Gulf Coast, used contaminated Chinese drywall in projects and then refused to replace it.

Beruff fired back by calling DeSantis, then a Congressman, a “Washington insider” who was “looking for his next promotion.”

In January 2019, shortly after taking over as Governor, DeSantis yanked Beruff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission alongside dozens of other last-minute appointments by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, who named Beruff to several other prominent posts while in office.

Beruff is also a past supporter of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who unsuccessfully challenged DeSantis for the state’s top office last year.

But if there’s still ill will between the two men, it’s not publicly evident. DeSantis just reappointed Beruff to the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors, which steers the state-run insurer for roughly 1.35 million policyholders. He first appointed Beruff to the panel in 2020.

The reappointment comes less than three months after Beruff and his wife, Janelle, each made maxed-out individual donations of $6,600 to DeSantis’ presidential campaign.

Gambling executive Jamie Shelton gave DeSantis’ campaign the same amount in May, according to Federal Election Commission records.

On Thursday DeSantis named Shelton as the Citizens board’s newest member.

Shelton is President of bestbet Holdings Inc., the parent company of Florida’s largest poker room, bestbet Jacksonville.

He is also the finance Chair of the Jacksonville Civic Council and a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, which he once chaired.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Cheesy Floridian

    October 4, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    You got money you donate to DeSantis oh look you get a powerful post in gov.

  • Ken Stermer Ron DeS Pal

    October 4, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    How much did child-sextortionist Ken Stermer give the DeScumbags before he got caught?

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 4, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    the facts you laid out seems like fodder for future investigations and indictments . florida is a giant hell hole. desantis is a huge crook. he sure is trying real hard to compete with his hero , fellow floridian, trump. maybe they can be cellmates, we can hope.

  • Elmo

    October 4, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Who is Ron DeSantis to call out the Washington elite?

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 4, 2023 at 11:08 pm

      he’s a punks punk

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 5, 2023 at 4:34 am

    Any and all MAGA men are for sale to highest bidder!!! Desantis proves everyday he can be bought off! Common Good!

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 6:12 am

      maga women are bad too.

  • waken all up

    October 5, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Great! Let’s steal money from homeowners who don’t live in risky coastal and wetlands danger zones to pay for the fools and appoint crooks who install toxic Chinese drywall to oversee the theft! FYYCSMF

  • Dale A Arnold

    October 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Pay to play! Ron is for sale!

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