Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, February 05, 2018

Feb 5, 2018

Losses Mount at Property Insurers in Wake of Busy Hurricane Season

Profits in the Private U.S. Property/Casualty Insurance Industry dropped a hefty 30 percent through the first nine months of 2017, according to Data Provider ISO and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.  John Hielscher reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Climate Change Forcing Florida Keys To Raise Roads

The Miami Herald Reports Monroe County will elevate the most flood-prone roads in two neighborhoods in Key Largo and Big Pine, while collecting and treating stormwater runoff as well.

Families Scramble As Toxic Mold Forces Them From Wellington Homes

Four Families have been forced to find new places to live after Officials discovered Toxic Mold in their Wellington Complex.  Kristina Webb reports for the Palm Beach Post.

Evacuations Were Bad Before Hurricane Irma.  Here’s Florida’s Plan To Fix It.

Governor Rick Scott is directing the Department of Transportation to improve Evacuation Routes and its fuel capacity to better deal with traffic jams and gas shortages before and after Hurricanes.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Elizabeth Koh reports for “The Buzz” blog.

South Florida’s Beaches Getting A Sand Boost.  But It’s Only Temporary.

The battle against sand erosion never ends, experts say, and Coastal Cities across South Florida are waging an ongoing fight that costs them millions. The Cities depend on the beaches for Recreation, Tourism and the Maintenance of Real Estate Values.  Susannah Bryan reports for the Sun-Sentinel.

State Of Florida Auditing Insurance Dependents

State Employees with Dependents on their Health Insurance Plans will be Audited this year.  Deborah Strange reports for the Gainesville Sun.

Bills Would Let Human-Trafficking Victims Sue Florida Hotels For Damages

Investigators have found multiple cases of Alleged Trafficking at County Hotels and Motels in the past year, after a local task force was created to deal with the problem.  Julius Whigham II reports for the Palm Beach Post.

Florida Legislators to Focus on Education Bill This Week

Florida Legislators are about to hit the halfway point of their 60-Day Annual Session and that means they are going to focus during the fifth week on passing major bills including a New State Budget.  The Associated Press reports via the Panama City News-Herald.

Republicans are Bracing for State Legislature Losses in 2018. How Big of a Dent Can Democrats Make in Florida?

A New York Times Story sheds light on how Democrats could make inroads in this year’s Midterm Elections.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Kirby Wilson writes.

Sarasota State House Race Has National Implications

As both Major Parties try to gain momentum heading into the crucial 2018 Midterm Election Season, a Special Election on February 13 for the State House Seat covering much of northern Sarasota County has become a major battleground, one with Statewide and even national implications.  Zac Anderson reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Carriers Must Notify Policyholders Of Underinsurance, Says U.S. Virgin Islands

New Bulletin from the Virgin Islands lists requirements for Agents, Brokers and Insurers.  National Underwriter’s reports.

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