Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Friday, May 16

May 16, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no events scheduled for today.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    UPC Insurance strikes deadline deal for Sunshine State

    United Insurance Holdings Corp. agreed to buy Sunshine State Insurance Co., a property and casualty firm operating under a consent order with Florida insurance regulators, reports Margie Manning for Tampa Bay Business Journal.


    Markets back, Cat Fund strong ahead of hurricane season

    A new report predicts the state’s reinsurance fund could borrow up to $8.3 billion if a major hurricane hit, meaning with its surplus and pre-event bonding of $13 billion, it could easily cover its maximum $17 billion in coverage.


    Lower Cat Losses Helped Home Insurers to First Profit Since 2007:  SNL

    The U.S. homeowners insurance industry benefited from lower catastrophe activity in 2013 and became profitable for the first time since 2007, according to an analysis by SNL Financial.  Insurance Journal reports.


    EverBank Center wants to bid on Citizens Property project

    EverBank Center’s representative said today the owners will bid to bring Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to the Downtown tower if they can.  Karen Brune Mathis reports for the Jacksonville Daily Record.


    Governor Rick Scott will release details about his finances

    Gov. Rick Scott is promising to release his tax returns and hand over whatever financial details are required by the courts, reports James Call for the Florida Current.


    GOP makes last-minute pitch to keep secret docs out of redistricting trial

    Florida’s Republican legislators and their political consultants mounted a last-minute attempt Thursday to keep key emails, maps and planning documents out of a court case that is scheduled to begin next week over the state’s congressional districts.  Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Tampa Bay Times.


    The Florida Current 2014 Session Summary: Ethics and Elections

    Florida legislators did put one constitutional amendment on the November ballot during their 2014 term, and it has long-term political implications for the Florida Supreme Court.  The Florida Current reviews the issue.


    The Florida Current 2014 Session Summary: Energy and Utilities

    The 2014 legislative session was expected to be ho-hum because of the light agenda and likelihood that controversial bills filed by Democrats would not be heard in committees.  The Florida Current reviews the issues.


    Africa Gets First-Ever Natural Disaster Insurance Pool

    Several African nations – including Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal to start — are now better protected from extreme weather events as a result of a new African catastrophe insurance pool, launched Thursday by the African Risk Capacity (ARC).  Tim Sprinkle reports for


    AAMGA meeting kicks off May 18 in the tropics

    In addition to networking, meeting and learning during this year’s 88th annual meeting of the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) in Hawaii on May 18-21, representatives from all corners of the wholesale insurance market will be working together to adapt to meet the changing needs of AAMGA members.  Brian Anderson reports for Insurance Business America.



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