Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

Florida Regulator:  Irma-Related Insurance Claims Approach $3.6B

Insurance Claims stemming from Hurricane Irma Damage in Florida totaled $3.58 Billion as of late Saturday, according to Data from the State.  The Orlando Sentinel reports via Insurance Journal.

Hurricane Maria Waves Batter Space Coast Beaches

Protective Sand has kept Public Roads, Business and Homes Safe, but now the buffer is all but gone in a few places such as Satellite Beach, as Maria’s 8-10-Foot Waves pound away.  Dan Billow reports for WESH-TV.

Rick Scott Seeks $50 Million For Opioid Fight, 3-Day Limit On Prescriptions

He’s also calling for a Three-Day Limit on Prescribed Opioids “unless Strict Conditions are met for a Seven-Day Supply.”  He wants anyone prescribing or dispensing medication to participate in the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which tracks Prescriptions of Controlled Substances. And he wants more Reforms to fight Unlicensed Pain Management Clinics.  The Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett blogs on “Post on Politics.”

Health Insurance Panel Eyes Transportation Costs

A State Insurance Advisory Panel on Tuesday will finalize its Legislative Recommendations.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via

CEO Jailed In Alleged $19M Investor Fraud

The Former CEO of a Fort Lauderdale Investment Firm Directed a 12-year Scheme that allegedly bilked 150 people out of $19 Million after convincing them to Invest in Gems, Insurance Products and Self-Storage Units.  The Sun-Sentinel reports via Crain’s Miami.

Open Miami-Dade House, Senate Seats Will Be Decided In Tuesday Special Election

In a Special Election on Tuesday, Voters in Southwest Miami-Dade County will determine the Successors for Two Seats in the State Legislature.  The Miami Herald’s Kristin M. Clark reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.

Keys In A Hurry To Reopen To Tourists

Florida Keys Tourism Officials said Monday they will meet Governor Rick Scott‘s October 1 Deadline to Reopen to Visitors.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via

Hurricane Irma Caused Delays In Courts

Courthouses Statewide were closed as Hurricane Irma roared through Florida, but the Justice System wasn’t back to normal as soon as skies cleared.  Gal Tziperman Lotan reports for the Sun-Sentinel.

Have Ideas On How To Fix Florida’s Future? Ideas For Constitutional Change Still Accepted

If you have any Ideas about the Future of Florida after the Storm, you now have until October 6 to prepare your pitch to the Constitution Revision Commission.  The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via “The Buzz” blog.

Regulators Approve Shutting Down Jax Coal Plant

The Florida Public Service Commission Approved Plans Monday to Close a Jointly Owned Coal-Fired Power Plant in Jacksonville, with Supporters saying the move will cut Carbon-Dioxide Emissions and Reduce some Customer Costs.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via

Solar Co-Op Program Launches In Tampa Bay

Environmentalists have been clamoring for Lawmakers and Public Utilities to embrace more Solar Power in Florida for Decades, but the Marketplace may be the biggest driver in seeing more Solar now happening in the Sunshine State. reports.

Investors Start Cleaning Up With Disaster-Recovery Boom

Water Damage, such as the kind caused by Hurricanes, is a cash cow and a growing industry, with Gross Profit Margins at 60 percent to 70 percent.  CNBC’s Kayleigh Kulp reports.

IRS Offers Help to Hurricane Victims: A Recap of Key Tax Relief Provisions Available Following Harvey, Irma and Maria

In general, the IRS is now providing Relief to Individuals and Businesses anywhere in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as parts of Texas.




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