Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 10, 2015


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance seeks changes for water claims

The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance wants to change policy language in an attempt to stem the growth of water-damage claims the agency says are starting to spill out of South Florida, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Lakeland Ledger.


Bill would require different levels of insurance for Uber, Lyft in Hillsborough

A three-year battle for paying passengers in Hillsborough County’s ride-for-hire market entered a new phase Tuesday when the county’s legislative delegation voted overwhelmingly for a bill guiding local regulation of Uber and Lyft – the services summoned at the touch of an app.  Jeff Schweers reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies Names Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty “Man of the Year”

Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty won the “Insurance Man of the Year” award from the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies, his office announced this week. reports.


Florida’s orange crop in “free fall”

The outlook for production of Florida oranges, the state’s signature crop, continues to drop.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via the Gainesville Sun.


Enterprise Florida’s overseas sales numbers questioned

The state’s business-recruitment agency, which Governor Rick Scott uses for international trade missions, needs to do a better job of separating anticipated overseas sales figures from the actual sales, according to the Legislature’s accountability office.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via


Pot ‘copter saves the day for nursery

In what sounds like a line out of a Jimmy Buffett song, one of the state’s soon-to-be medical marijuana purveyors used a helicopter and a landing at a golf course to squeak in minutes before a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to prove he had nailed down a requisite $5 million bond.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports for the Pensacola News-Journal.


Seminole compact raises prospect of gambling war

While Governor Rick Scott touts his gambling deal as a win for the state and the Seminoles salute him, other players in the world of high-stakes gaming are less than thrilled.’s Daniel Ducassi reports.




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