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Jul 14, 2017

Sinkhole Swallows Home, Forces Evacuations in Land O’Lakes Neighborhood

A Sinkhole in the ground has destroyed one Home, heavily damaged a second Home and prompted Authorities to Evacuate Homes in the Lake Padgett Estates Neighborhood.  The Tampa Tribune reports.


Former Citizens Interim President Tom Grady Appointed to Constitutional Review Panel

Former State Representative Tom Grady will take Jimmy Patronis‘ place on the Constitution Revision Commission, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced.   Jim Rosica reports for


Florida-Based Homeowners Choice New Flood Insurance Approved in Arkansas

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr has granted a Certificate of Authority to Florida-based Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company to offer Private Flood Insurance in Arkansas.  Insurance Journal reports.


New PACE Financing Firm to Launch in South Florida

A Federal Class Action Suit Filed in March in Northern California in March by Plaintiffs in Florida and California accuses Ygrene Energy Fund, Florida’s largest PACE Provider, of failing to disclose to Homeowners that most Banks won’t finance mortgages for Homes with PACE Liens.  Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Florida May Break From Scientists Who Issued Climate Change Warning About Everglades

Scientists for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report to Congress about the $16 Billion State and Federal Effort to clean up Water Pollution and Restore Water Flows to the famed River of Grass.  Andy Reid reports for the Sun-Sentinel.


Florida Supreme Court Sides with Scott in Veto of Citrus Canker Claims Payments

Scott said he Vetoed the Appropriations because there was “Ongoing Litigation.”  Bruce Ritchie reports for Politico Florida.


Federal Opioid Crackdown Has Only 1 Treatment-Related Case in Florida

A Huge Nationwide Sweep of Health-Care Fraud Cases announced Thursday inexplicably sidestepped the Biggest Health-Care Fraud in Florida: Addiction Treatment.  John Pacenti reports for the Palm Beach Post.

·         South Florida’s Drug Treatment Industry Spotlighted in Health Care Fraud Takedown

·         Nationwide Medicare Fraud Bust Includes 80 Suspects in South Florida


Florida County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Through 2017

Commissioners Voted 4-1 on Tuesday to keep the Dispensaries from Opening in Collier until December 31 to give the County a chance to Lobby State Lawmakers for more control over the number of Dispensaries that could open.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Florida Holds Off on Sending Voter Data as Legal Challenges Mount

Florida isn’t sending any Voter Data to President Trump’s “Voter Fraud” Commission — at least not now — as Legal Challenges mount.   The Tampa Bay Times reports on the commission telling states to hold off.


Florida Spends More than Budgeted

An $82.418 Billion Budget Approved by the Legislature in this Spring’s Regular Session was the largest in State History.  But the Tallahassee-Based Group Florida TaxWatch, puts the final number on spending at $85.158 Billion.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


U.S. House Panel Backs Earthquake Early Warning System, Defying Trump’s Plan To Kill It

Overall, the House Appropriations Subcommittee penciled in $1 Billion for the USGS — $46 Million below what the Agency received in the Last Budget.  The Trump Administration called for a $137.8-Million Cut.  Rong-Gong Lin II reports for the Los Angeles Times.


Missouri Governor Signs Tort Reform Legislation

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has Signed Legislation that the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America says will help improve the Legal Climate in that State.  Insurance Journal reports.


California Insurance Commissioner was Passenger on Jet That Nearly Landed on Taxiway

Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Ian Gregor would not comment on how close Air Canada Flight 759 came to disaster, citing his Agency’s Ongoing Investigation.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.




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