Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Thursday, December 26

Dec 26, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Scientists creating map to determine likelihood of Florida sinkholes

Florida geologists already have been to 30 sites and mapped about 50 sinkholes as they begin to plumb the depth of the state’s vulnerability to ground collapse, James Rosica reports for the Tampa Tribune.


Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) wants to hear your flood story

A Monroe County insurance watchdog group is asking local homeowners to share their flood insurance stories as part of a grassroots campaign to stop, or delay, federal insurance policy rate increases that went into effect in October, Timothy O’Hara reports for


Safety advocates object to Florida raising highway speed limit

Safety and consumer advocates want state lawmakers to put the brakes on a bipartisan measure that could allow 75 mph speed limits on some Florida highways and also boost speeds on other roads, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via Naples Daily News.


High-Profile Florida House Races Teed Up for 2014

With Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist already slugging it out, the 2014 gubernatorial race dominates political talk in Florida, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders and David Royse report via


Florida Second-Best State for Business in 2013, Say CEOs, online arm of Chief Executive magazine, looked at the business climate in all 50 states and ranked Florida second-best for business in the nation in 2013. It is the third year in a row the premier business publication has awarded the Sunshine State its second spot, Nancy Smith of reports.


Scott’s evolution, and challenges

After three years in office, Gov. Rick Scott has evolved from a candidate with strong Tea Party ties to a governor who has tried to reach out to groups that he has alienated during his tenure, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.


Mike Fasano:  Florida’s Politician of 2013

Certainly Mike Fasano is not the last honest man in Florida politics. There are still many, many decent, if not, virtuous elected officials. It’s just that pols like Trey Radel receive all of the headlines, so it’s easy to be cynical about government, Peter Schorsch writes for


Adena Springs Ranch gets more time to answer water district’s request

Adena Springs Ranch’s request for permission to pump groundwater for its Marion County cattle operation and meat processing plant will enter its third year in the permitting process in 2014, Ocala Star-Banner’s Fred Hiers reports.



U.S. Chamber Identifies Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013

A group of Idaho inmates’ lawsuit blaming eight brewers for causing their lives of crime tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013, announced this week.  ILR also released a highlight video containing each lawsuit on the list.




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