Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report–Thursday, May 22
May 22, 2014
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Charley, which was supposed to strike Tampa, instead came ashore in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte on Aug. 13 with a 145-mph wallop and made a bee-line toward Central Florida. It arrived in Orlando in five hours – lightning-quick for a hurricane. Orlando Sentinel’s Stephen Hudak looks back at the 10th anniversary of the powerful storm.
All over Southwest Florida homeowners are getting ready for hurricane season by trimming their trees, and while trimming dead leaves keeps trees healthy, the hurricane haircut does not, Andrea Stetson reports for the Ft. Myers News-Press.
While Uber’s plans to offer its car service in Miami have hit nothing but roadblocks, San Francisco-based Lyft says it is launching its ride-sharing service Thursday evening. Nancy Dahlberg reports for the Miami Herald.
Florida regulators said Friday that they will “explore” a move to let consumers share in a tax cut one lawmaker has called a windfall for title insurance companies, reports Charles Elmore of the Palm Beach Post.
Senate President Don Gaetz testified Wednesday that Republican legislative leaders wanted to have the most “open, inclusive, fair” redistricting process in Florida history, Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte reports.
The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to take up a challenge to a year-old state law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly, The Florida Current reports.
The Florida Department of Revenue will take another look at its procedures for sending tax warrants – notices of unpaid taxes – to residents after sending out 7,000 warrants in error last year, more than 7 percent of the 96,413 total warrants sent, The Florida Current reports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has huge influence over the next leader of the Republican Party of Florida, but for now he’s not taking any sides – at least publicly, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Newly released 2013 population estimates from the Census Bureau show a little city north of downtown Tampa grew nearly 7 percent between 2012 and 2013. Nearby Webster and Coleman – also in Sumter County – joined Center Hill at the top of the list, Kevin Wiatrowski reports for the Tampa Tribune.
Florida’s international agricultural exports in 2013 increased to about $4.1 billion, up 1.9 percent from last year, according to a report from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released on Wednesday.
Insurance industry trade groups this week urged Congress to promptly pass legislation designed to partly roll back federal authority to oversee or monitor insurance companies enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, Arthur Postal reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
A former insurance agent who has been active in Democratic Party politics has won her party’s primary for the Georgia insurance commissioner post and will face off against the incumbent Republican Ralph Hudgens in the November election, Insurance Journal reports.
Healthy coral reefs, which can reduce a full 97 percent of the wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines – reducing risk to roughly 200 million people around the world, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications, The Nature Conservancy CEO Michael Beck writes in the Miami Herald.
Setting his sights on Republicans who reject climate change, an environmentalist billionaire is unveiling plans to spend $100 million this year in seven competitive Senate and gubernatorial races, as his super PAC works to counteract a flood of conservative spending by the Koch brothers, Associated Press’ Josh Lederman reports via the Miami Herald.
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