Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, September 25, 2017

Sep 25, 2017

Floridians File Nearly 17,000 Flood Insurance Claims

FEMA Data shows that Miami-Dade Residents have Filed 1,870 Claims, 829 have been Filed in Broward County and 199 have come from Palm Beach County.  U.S. News and World Report says.

Irma Brings Winds, Floods and Scammers

From Unlicensed Contractors to Investment Schemes, Disasters like Irma can be a magnet for Crooks looking for a quick buck.  John Hielscher reports for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Widespread Sewage Leaks After Irma Showed Florida’s Dependence On Electric Pumps

More than 500 Overflows across the State have dumped at least 84 Million Gallons of Wastewater into Roads, Homes, Parks and Waterways since Florida lost power Sept. 10, with too few generators to power thousands of underground wastewater pumps in sewage systems across the State entirely dependent upon electricity.  Ryan Mills,Greg Stanley and Brett Murphyreport for the Naples Daily News.

Despite Driver Frustration, Florida To Keep New Hurricane Evacuation Plan

Some of the Record 6 Million Florida Residents and Tourists who got stuck on Roadways for hours said the State needs to keep the One-Way Lanes Plan, ensure more gas is available and provide more Evacuation Routes.  The Sun-Sentinel’s Wayne K. Roustan reports.

Cape Coral Eyes Loan Program To Help Pay For Sea Wall Repairs

Sea Walls cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace and usually aren’t covered by Insurance.  Bill Smith reports for the Ft. Myers News Press.

City of Sarasota a Leader in Preparing For Sea Level Rise

With their efforts, Sarasota joined the earliest Local Governments in Florida to specifically identify which of its Publicly Owned Facilities are most at Risk.  Dale White reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Note To Texas, Florida: Insurance Fights Over Sandy Rage On

After nearly every Major Storm, Lawyers for Sandy Victims said, disputes arise over Fair Payouts that can be maddeningly difficult to resolve.  The Associated Press reports via

State of Florida Reverses Decision to Shield Information From Nursing Home Inspection Reports

Florida Regulators decided Friday they will abandon the use of software that allowed them to heavily redact Key Words from Nursing Home Inspection Reports Posted Online, choosing instead to Link to the more Complete Reports available on a Federal Site.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports.

Florida Depending On Funding For Children’s Health Insurance

Federal Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, is set to run out on September 30.  Julie Ochoa reports for WUSF.

Self-Storage Operators Regroup After Hurricanes

The Biggest Impact from the Storms are likely to be Drawn Out Construction Delays for New Facilities.  John Egan reports for

How Drones are Helping In Hurricane-Ravaged Texas and Florida

Unmanned Aircraft — Small and Large — swooped in during the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to get a glimpse of the Devastation.  CNN reports via WTVR.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Naples-Based Lutgert Insurance

Founded in 1953, Lutgert Insurance is a Retail Property/Casualty Broker and Benefit Consultant specializing in all Areas of Commercial and Personal Insurance, with a focus on Construction, Hospitality, Real Estate Development/Property Managers and High-Net-Worth Individuals.

Rick Scott Sets Special Election For Alex Miller Seat

The Special Primary Election for House District 72 will be held on December 5, and a Special General Election is set for next February 13. reports.

Hurricane Irma Florida Toll Suspension Cost $3 Million A Day

More than $45 Million in Revenue is believed to have been Lost when the State Suspended Highway Toll Collections to help speed Evacuations and Relief Efforts for Hurricane Irma.  Florida’s Turnpike system estimates.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via

Seminole Elections Supervisor:  Florida Law Loophole Robs Thousands Of Voters

Last month, Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg submitted a Proposal to the Constitutional Revision Commission to end the Practice through a Statewide Referendum.  Martin E. Comas reports for the Orlando Sentinel.

Oversight Panel Makes No Changes in Systemic Risk Tags on Insurers

The Financial Stability Oversight Council convened Friday to potentially remove the label of “Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI),” which carries with it heightened Oversight and Regulatory Requirements from the Federal Reserve, from an Unidentified Nonbank.  Reuters’ Pete Schroeder reports via Insurance Journal.

Researchers:  FEMA’s Houston Flood Maps Outdated Long Before Harvey

Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied One Section of Southeastern Harris County, which includes Houston, over a Decade-Long Period that did not include Hurricane Harvey but did include other major storms, including Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.  The Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.




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