Florida leaders to host unclaimed property auction. Here are the details

Florida’s Division of Unclaimed Property is hosting an auction in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida’s Division of Unclaimed Property is hosting an auction in Tampa Saturday.

The in-person auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N. Westshore Blvd. Registration for the event starts at 7 a.m. and the auction is set to begin at 9 a.m., according to a news release.

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The items sold at the auction all come from bank safe deposit boxes which have not had their rent paid for three consecutive years, the state said. The Division of Unclaimed Property said it holds onto the items for an additional two years as it attempts to reunite the items with their rightful owners. The items not reunited are then sold at auction.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said the state returned $388 million in unclaimed property in the last year.

To see if you have unclaimed property or money, visit www.FLTreasureHunt.gov.

“You should put your name in, your parents’ name, your grandparents’ name, a business that you own or a business that you once owned, and check out our unclaimed property,” Patronis said.

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