Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aug 28, 2014


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


10:00 a.m.–Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association Audit Committee meeting.  Tallahassee, Florida.  To view the meeting notice, click here.



    Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


    Court Rejects $5 Million Hurricane Wilma Insurance Claim By Boca Condo Complex

    A Palm Beach County condominium association’s $5 million hurricane damage claim was rejected and the case dismissed in favor of the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association, Adolfo Pesquera reports for the Daily Business Review.


    Most Citizens Customers Could See Rates Go Down Next Year

    Seven out of 10 customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, could see their bills go down if the state approves new rates discussed yesterday, Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.


    Florida Insurance Company Ranks No. 10 in the Nation as a Top Insurance Agency

    GreatFlorida Insurance has been ranked number 10 by the Insurance Journal as a Top 20 Insurance Agency Partnership in the United States, reports.


    Uber app-based car service expanding to two more Florida cities

    Uber, a controversial app-based car service, will announce Thursday that it will begin service in Tallahassee and Gainesville, increasing its total number of Florida cities to seven, Matt Dixon reports for the Naples Daily News.


    Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage

    Florida’s highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, the Associated Press reports via


    Three-vote margin makes Fant-Renner Jacksonville race too close to call

    After months of hard-hitting ads and counterattacks, the Republican Party Primary contest between Jay Fant and Paul Renner found them in a virtual dead heat on election night, with Fant ahead by a scant three votes.  David Bauerlein reports for the Florida Times-Union.


    John Thrasher drubs tea party hopeful Derek Hankerson

    State Senator John Thrasher won the primary and he just might run in the general election, assuming he hasn’t been named Florida State University’s president first.  Andrew Pantazi reports for the Florida Times-Union.


    Incumbent Charles McBurney wins state House primary

    Charles McBurney clinched a victory in the Republican primary for the District 16 state House of Representatives race, Meredith Rutland reports for the Florida Times-Union.


    After a long, bitter campaign, Florida House District 74 now has a GOP nominee:  Julio Gonzalez

    After hearing negative campaign messages about window-peepers, death panels and more, voters finally settled the political fracas to pick the Republican nominee in House District 74,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


    Chris Sprowls easily wins Florida House District 65 primary, now faces Democrat Carl Zimmerman

    Chris Sprowls will face incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann for House District 65 in November, after easily winning Tuesday’s GOP primary campaign,’s Peter Schorsch reports.


    Nomination In Hand, It Gets A Lot Better – Quickly – For Charlie Crist

    Sixty-eight days from now, we will know whether Charlie Crist’s decision to switch parties and run as a Democrat in Florida’s governor’s race was the wise decision,’s Peter Schorsch writes.


    Few changes expected in Florida Senate after November

    After incumbents dominated Tuesday’s primaries, there will probably be little change in the Florida Senate after November 4, Phil Ammann reports for


    Jack Latvala had excellent excuse for early exit of primary watch party:  hip replacement surgery

    Leaving an election night party early may be rude, but state Senator Jack Latvala had an excellent excuse for an early exit from Tuesday night’s primary watch party – the Clearwater Republican was recovering from hip replacement surgery,’s Phil Ammann reports.


    Caught in own speed trap?  City of Waldo weighs options after cops disclose ticket quota

    An allegation made by five members of the seven-officer Waldo Police Department has led to a new investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – the second launched by the state agency against Waldo in less than a month.  Arek Sarkissian reports for the Gainesville Sun.


    Lower Florida auto registration fees go into effect next week

    On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott’s office announced the cost reductions in vehicle registration fees by type, the Tampa Tribune’s James Rosica reports.


    S&P Report Urges Disaster Resilience with Governments for Reinsurers’ Growth

    Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced the publication of its “Global Reinsurance Highlights” to coincide with the 2014 Reinsurance Rendezvous in September, Insurance Journal reports.


    With time running out and elections looming, industry prepares big push for TRIA

    In the parlance that weather-guessers would use in describing the situation, the outlook for long-term reauthorization of a federal backstop for terrorism risk insurance in its present form is cloudy, and that is being optimistic, National Underwriter’s Arthur Postal writes for


    “Digital condom” protects against USB infections

    Security experts have created a “USB condom” which allows you to charge smartphone or tablet batteries from strange USB ports without risking accidental syncing of private data or contracting a computer virus, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reports.


    Sorry valets, the 2015 Corvette is watching you.  Here’s how

    There’s a new baby monitor on the market, but it’s not what you think, Patricia Harman reports for National Underwriter’s




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