Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, May 14

May 14, 2013



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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events

There are no Florida insurance-related events scheduled for today.



Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Insurers Convene for Public Hearing on Florida Force-Placed Insurance 

The largest “lender-placed” or “force-placed” insurance companies in Florida met with state officials yesterday about a rate change on the cost of coverage, WCTV reports.


Blog:  Used Tires for Mobile Home Rooftop Mitigation in Polk County?

“I just returned from a trip to the Southwest, where I discovered a new way to recycle used tires,” blogs Tom Palmer of


Towers Watson subsidiary places $20 million Florida catastrophe bond

Towers Watson Capital Markets announced Monday it has arranged a private placement catastrophe bond for the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust, an organization that offers workers’ compensation, liability, property and health insurance to local governments in the state, Canadian Underwriter reports.


Three North Florida Roofers Arrested for Unlicensed Insurance Activity

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the arrests of Roofmasters, Inc. employees for acting as unlicensed public adjusters while soliciting homeowners for roof repairs in the Tallahassee area, reports.


Florida-based Frontline Homeowners Insurance Continues Coastline Growth

Florida-based Frontline Insurance continues to expand and is now licensed in Delaware, the company announced in a new release.


Security First Improves Disaster Recovery With New Social Media Technology

With hurricane season a few weeks away, Security First Insurance Company, the fourth largest homeowners insurance provider in Florida, has developed a new platform aimed at speeding up the response time and recovery process for its nearly 180,000 policyholders in Florida following a natural disaster, the company said in a news release reprinted in Insurance Journal.


Former Disney CFO Joins Brown & Brown Board

In a news release today, Brown & Brown, Inc. announced the election of James S. Hunt to its Board of Directors at its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 8. Jim worked with the Walt Disney Company from 1992 until his retirement in 2012.


Blog:  With less than four days until election, the fur is flying in race for House District 2

With less than four days before the special election in House District 2, the fur is really starting to fly.


Florida House members get cheap health insurance

Florida House members will pay just $8.34 a month for state-subsidized health care next year, or $30 a month to cover their entire family, reports Tia Mitchell for the Tampa Bay Times.


Governor tours Florida touting business tax repeal

Governor Rick Scott started his second post-session victory lap Monday, predicting that repeal of Florida’s sales tax on manufacturing equipment will bring more jobs to the state, reports Bill Cotterell for The Florida Current.


Miami-Dade Republican candidates told to avoid using ballot brokers

The head of the Republican Party of Miami Dade County said on Monday that all local candidates under his wing will be given strict guidelines to avoid using ballot brokers in their campaigns, reports Enrique Flor and Melissa Sanchez of The Miami Herald.


Florida college presidents’ pay varies widely

A probe ordered by Florida Governor Rick Scott has determined that the pay and benefits of state college presidents vary widely with little explanation as to why some presidents earn six-figure salaries, The Florida Current’s James Call reports.


Matt Gaetz To Run for Father’s Senate Seat in 2016

While all eyes in Florida politics are on a special Republican primary election for an open House seat in the Panhandle on Tuesday, another prominent Republican from the area took a big step toward advancing his own political ambitions Monday, Jeff Henderson reports for


State Farm Appeals Mississippi Katrina Fraud Ruling

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. is asking a judge to void a jury’s finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina, Insurance Journal reports.


Three Insurers Placed in Liquidation in Illinois

Lumbermens Mutual Casualty, American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance, and American Motorists Insurance Companies have been placed in liquidation in Illinois, according to the state insurance department, Insurance Journal reports.


North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Demands Public Apology Over Health Care Remark

North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is publicly calling for an apology from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services Secretary over a remark in which the health official allegedly held Commissioner Goodwin responsible for the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion.


Construction Risks For Rebuilding New Jersey’s Boardwalks (VIDEO)

An Insurance Journal video interview talks about rebuild New Jersey’s famous boardwalks, and about the risks involved in such an undertaking.



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