Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nov 29, 2016


Reinsurance Saved Florida From Catastrophic Losses

Reinsurance saved Florida from Catastrophic Losses. While this year’s storms Hermine and Matthew brought an end to the State’s decade-long hurricane drought, they easily could have been stronger or cut a more destructive path, R-Street Institute’s Christian Camera writes in the Tallahassee Democrat.


How $20,000 Fines Have Made Miami Beach an Airbnb Battleground

Miami Beach’s Short-Term Rental Fines are the highest in the Country, higher even than New York City, site of one of the most contentious battles against Home-Sharing.  The Miami Herald’s Chabeli Herrera reports.


Guardian Life Insurance Accused of Wrongfully Denying Man’s Disability Benefit Claim

A man alleges an Insurer doing business in Hernando County has wrongfully denied him Disability Benefits, Jenie Mallari-Torres writes for the Florida Record.


Three Names Sent to Scott for Supreme Court Opening

A Lawyer who once worked to keep David Duke off the Presidential Ballot in Florida and two Appellate Judges who pledged to use judicial restraint are on a short list of replacements for retiring Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam reports via


Eight Months After Losing Confirmation Fight, Armstrong Leaves Florida Department of Health

Since March, when it was clear the Senate would not confirm him as State Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong has continued to cash a paycheck while on medical leave as Deputy Secretary of Health.  The Miami Herald’s Michael Auslen reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


Richard Corcoran: In the House, “We are Very, Very Conservative”

Corcoran intends his Ethics Reforms as a Cudgel to enforce good behavior. He hopes they will provide data points with which to embarrass Wayward Lobbyists and Public Officials.


Murders Rise, Other Crime Down in First 6 Months of 2016 in Florida

Property Crime in Florida has declined, however.   Gal Tziperman Lotan reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Citizens Group Seeks Hearing on Turkey Point 6 and 7 Nuclear Plans

Is it okay for Wastewater and Chemicals from Nuclear Reactors to be injected into South Florida’s Boulder Zone?  Yes, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Army Corps of Engineers agreed when they issued a Final Environmental Impact Report on two New Nuclear Units proposed South of Miami.  The Palm Beach Post’s Susan Salisbury reports via the “Protecting Your Pocket” blog.


Judge Backs Florida Department of Corrections in Contract Dispute

An Administrative Law Judge has sided with the Florida Department of Corrections in a Contracting Dispute that delves into the way Substance-Abuse Treatment Services are provided in the Corrections System.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via the Palm Beach Post.

State Representative Metz Says He Has Parkinson’s Disease

State Representative Larry Metz, a House Committee Chairman who is seeking an Appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, disclosed Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via


California Department of Insurance Action Against Zenefits Results $7M Penalty

Zenefits was charged with allowing Unlicensed Employees to Transact Insurance and Circumventing Insurance Agent Education Requirements, Insurance Journal reports.




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