Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, December 5, 2014

Dec 5, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


HCI Group insurance subsidiary approved to assume 50,000 policies from Citizens Property Insurance

Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HCI Group, has been approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to assume 50,000 policies from Citizens Property Insurance, Florida’s state-operated insurance company. Of those policies, 27,000 are slated to be wind-only.


S&S Insurance Solutions of Florida Acquires Imperial Insurance

S&S Insurance Solutions of Florida, a division of East Providence, Rhode Island-based Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, has acquired Imperial Insurance of Naples, Florida. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, Insurance Journal reports.


Uber makes major expansion in Florida

Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, is making a significant service expansion starting in the Florida Keys, Fort Myers, Sarasota/Bradenton, Ocala and several other markets statewide,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


Senate GOP leader Galvano names Denise Grimsley as his deputy

The Florida Senate may be a conservative chamber run by wealthy, white men, but it is gradually injecting some women leaders into the second tier of its leadership ranks.   The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Dorothy Hukill has the Chance to Cut More Taxes

Dorothy Hukill is moving up the Senate ladder and that’s good news for fiscal conservatives,’s Jeff Henderson reports.


Florida Department of Health Has Until December 15 To Appeal Charlotte’s Web Ruling

The Florida Department of Health has indicated it may appeal a judge’s ruling that it had exceeded its delegated legislative authority in its proposed rule for the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.  James Call reports for the


Car elevator loophole fixed to make way for new downtown St. Pete tower, Bliss

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a St. Petersburg developer planned to use a vehicle elevator for residents in a 30-unit building, but other nearby condo-dwellers were concerned the new residents would block the alley way waiting to park. notes the story.


Should Florida cops wear body cameras?

Florida law enforcement officers “primarily assigned to patrol duties” would be required to wear body cameras while on duty under a bill filed yesterday, Christine Stapleton reports for the Palm Beach Post’s “Post on Politics” blog.


Florida State University to offer drone training program in spring 2015

Drones, originally developed for the military, have caught the imagination of America – and now they have their own specialty training course at Florida State University,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


Deal May Extend TRIA 6 Years; NARAB-II in Doubt

Legislation re-authorizing TRIA is the likely vehicle for enactment of two provisions sought by the life insurance industry, explains National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal via


Insurance Captives Threaten Financial Stability, Report Says

The use of captives by life insurance companies is a key reason that risks to the financial stability of the U.S. have increased since last year, according to a new report by the Office of Financial Research, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal reports via


Insurance Industry Needs Support From Real Estate Sector and Governments to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change on the Built Environment, Urban Land Institute Says

A new white paper by the Urban Land Institute finds that while the insurance industry is a leader in developing risk standards for natural disasters, the real estate sector and governments must also play an active role in climate change adaptation.  Emerging Markets Business Information News reports via



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