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Aug 8, 2017


Insurers, Trial Lawyers Spar In Bad Faith Case

The Insurance Industry and Plaintiffs’ Attorneys are trying to help sway the Florida Supreme Court in a potentially High-Stakes Case stemming from a Fatal Auto Accident in 2006 in Palm Beach County.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


Rick Scott Declares Emergency Over Tropical Storm

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday Declared a State of Emergency in 31 Florida Counties in response to Tropical Storm Emily. reports.


Need Flood Insurance? Revised FEMA Flood Maps In Palm Beach County Says Thousands Of Homeowners Might

More than 50,000 Palm Beach County Properties will be Reclassified as being in or touching Flood Zones.  The Real Deal reports on the Palm Beach Post story.


Senator Nelson Will Review Bill Allowing Private Ownership On Pensacola, Navarre Beaches

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he will Review a Bill he is Sponsoring in the Senate that allows for Private Land Ownership on Santa Rosa Island to make sure its language preserves areas on the Island set aside for Conservation.  Jim Little reports for the Pensacola News-Journal.


Florida Near Bottom of List on Health Care Ranking

The List, 2017′s Best & Worst States for Health Care, saw Florida Ranked 50th out of 51 for the percentage of Insured Adults between the Ages of 14 and 64. Florida was 47th for the percentage of Insured Children.  The Crestview Bulletin reports.


Cuts To Mental Health Care Could Leave Thousands Without Help, Advocates Say

Central Florida’s already fragile Mental Health System is reeling from millions of dollars in Cuts negotiated by State Lawmakers — a Loss that has already triggered Layoffs at Two Major Providers and is expected to leave several thousand people without Care.  Kate Santich reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Hub International Acquires the Assets of Florida-Based Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.

Hub International Limited, a Leading Global Insurance Brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the Assets of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 


Seeman Holtz Property and Casualty, Inc. Continues Expansion Throughout Florida

Seeman Holtz Property and Casualty, Inc. is pleased to announce the Acquisition two more Agencies, R. Wine Insurance Agency and Buywise Insurance Agency, both headquartered in Miami, FL. 


Heritage Writes First Homeowners Insurance Policy in Alabama

With Alabama, Heritage P&C expands into its Fifth State of Production. In addition, Zephyr Insurance Company, a Subsidiary of Heritage, is actively Writing Policies in Hawaii.


Florida Adds Dozen More Zika Cases

Florida Health Officials Added another 12 Reported Cases of the Zika Virus during the past week, including the First Sexually Transmitted Case in 2017, according to information posted on the State Department of Health Website.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Analysis Shows Some Lawmakers Crossing Party Lines

The Senate’s Reputation for Bipartisanship in Tallahassee appears to be well-earned, while the Names of House and Senate Members who most frequently Voted Against their Parties included a few surprises, according to an Analysis of Votes in the 2017 Legislative Session.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


Report Estimates 2.3 Million Fewer Floridians Will Cast A Ballot In 2018

A Non-Profit dedicated to Boosting Minorities’ and Unmarried Women’s share of the Electorate said it expects 40 Million Voters who made it to the Polls in 2016 will not Vote in 2018. Publisher Peter Schorsch reports.


Brightline Rail Service Launch Delayed Until Late 2017

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline Passenger Train Service will Launch between West Palm Beach and Miami by the end of the year, offering Introductory Fares and “Buy-One-Get-One Free” offers to Boost Ridership.




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