Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016


Hermine Damage Leads to Federal Disaster Declaration for Florida

Florida has received a Federal Disaster Declaration because of damage from Hurricane Hermine. This gives Businesses and Homeowners access to Federal Assistance to recover from the storm. reports.



Citizens Streamlines Takeout Process

The largest state-run property insurance company is taking additional measures to unload policies to its private competitors.  Beginning next year, Citizens customers will receive notices alerting them that private insurers are willing to take on their policies, the Sun-Sentinel’s Ron Hurtibise reports via Crain’s Miami.


Citizens Insurance Fears Being Left in Lurch During Workers’ Comp Fight

Will next year’s Legislative Battle over Workers’ Compensation Rates prove so all-consuming that other State Priorities starve for attention?’s Michael Moline reports.


Florida Appeals Court Declines to Weigh in on Allstate Insurance Question

A Divided State Appellate Court refused to accept Jurisdiction on an Insurance Question, after siding with the Insurer in a similar Case in July.  National Underwriter’s reports.


PCI’s McFaddin: Avoid Complacency During Hurricane Season

Florida is still dealing with the damage from Hurricane Hermine after an 11-year absence of Major Storms, a reminder that Residents should ensure they have appropriate Insurance Coverage and an Inventory of Belongings, writes Logan McFaddin of PCI. Policyholders should beware of fraudulent contractors after storms hit, she says.


Storm Adds Wrinkle to Enterprise Florida CEO Selection

Both Finalists to run Enterprise Florida will go before the Economic-Development Agency’s Full Board Thursday after a rapidly growing Tropical Storm in the Caribbean led to a change in plans.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Turner reports via CBS Local Miami.


Florida Court Says Local Government Can’t Regulate Vacation Scooters

People renting Scooters when they visit Northwest Florida’s Beaches may be saying goodbye to those Florescent “Safety Vests.”’s Jim Rosica reports.


Tallahassee Among Most Dangerous Cities In The Country

Tallahassee has a Violent Crime Rate of 1,064 Incidents per 100,000 Residents in 2015, which is “Nearly triple the National Violent Crime Rate,” 24/7 Wall St reports via the Palm Beach Post.


“Doc Stamp” Tax on Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Deals is Illegal, Suit Says

A Proposed Class-Action Suit says Florida has been Illegally Collecting Real Estate “Doc Stamp” Taxes on Homes bought from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.’s Jim Rosica reports.


Seminole Tribe Chairman Billie Ousted From Office By Unanimous Vote

James Billie, the Former Alligator Wrestler who built the Seminole Tribe of Florida into a Major Business Enterprise, has once again been removed from Office after the Tribe’s Members moved to Recall him.  Rebeca Piccardo and Dan Sweeney report for the Sun-Sentinel.


Coming Change to Drug Treatment for Florida Prisoners Sparks Backlash

With backing from some State Lawmakers and Local Law Enforcement Leaders, an Orlando-Based Nonprofit Group is taking on the Florida Department of Corrections over its Plan to phase out hundreds of Substance Abuse Treatment at Halfway Houses in Favor of providing more Substance Abuse Treatment Inside State-Run Prisons.  Politico Florida’s Daniel Ducassi reports.





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