Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Tuesday, October 30

Oct 30, 2012




Above:  Sun-Sentinel Editorial Cartoonist Chan Lowe on Hurricane Sandy.



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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Insurance-Related News


Florida Guard, Disaster Relief on Hurricane Sandy Standby for Northern States

Governor Rick Scott is offering aid to any Northeastern state needing assistance as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.


Sun-Sentinel:  Hurricane Sandy keeps Lake Okeechobee rising

Hurricane Sandy’s weekend nudge to Lake Okeechobee’s rising water levels add to flood control concerns with a month of storm season still to go.


Cleanup still under way after South Florida flooding

The owner of The Ocean View Delight restaurant on Fort Lauderdale Beach found some humor when the ocean view suddenly came up to his business’ front door.


Brevard County decks, dunes not spared from Hurricane Sandy

Brevard County officials said erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy’s pass by the Space Coast has caused several million dollars damage to the county’s beaches and dozens of homes.


Hurricane Sandy affecting Southwest Florida economy too

Genie Cohen sat by the pool at the Waldorf Astoria Naples on Monday afternoon, but she would have rather been at home in Philadelphia.


Hurricane deductible could cost homeowners thousands 

Thanks to a little-known hurricane deductible, homeowners with property damage from Hurricane Sandy could be on the hook for thousands of dollars before their insurance payments kick in.


Integrity Florida:  Closer scrutiny required of accountability at Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

There is a lack of oversight and accountability at Citizens Property Insurance Corp.


Letter to the Editor:  Reinvent Citizens Property Insurance

The awesome power of Sandy barreling into the Northeast reminds us in Florida that hurricanes happen.


Federal magistrate ruling could make jailed Tampa commissioner a bad faith-funded millionaire

Disgraced former County Commissioner Kevin White is moving closer to becoming a millionaire, even though he is serving time in a federal prison for accepting a bribe.


Second printing error could jeopardize another 500 Palm Beach ballots, as copying of 27,000 continues

Chalk up another printing error for the beleaguered Palm Beach County elections office.


Early voting:  About 1.9 million Floridians have cast ballots

About 1.9 million Floridians have already cast ballots eight days before Election Day.


Wall Street Journal Blog:  Florida’s “Operation Lemonade”

For the Obama campaign, victory in Florida hinges partly on a massive turnout from African-American voters.


Florida health department suspends compounding pharmacy

The Florida Department of Health has temporarily suspended compounding operations at a pharmacy, the latest in a growing number of closings since a deadly meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated drugs in a Massachusetts facility.


Florida regulator getting update on nuclear plant

A state regulator is getting an update on Progress Energy Florida’s crippled nuclear power plant at Crystal River.


Flap over summer jai alai permit bleeds into another pari-mutuel loophole fight

State regulators denied a second summer jai alai permit to Flagler Dog Track and Magic City Casino this summer, but now the fight over the little-used loophole that would allow jai alai performances from May through November is spilling over into a separate battle to possibly open the door to more slot machines in Miami-Dade County.


Smuggling of Brazilians, other migrants growing in South Florida

A Brazilian couple was arraigned in federal court in Miami recently, charged with attempting to smuggle undocumented immigrants aboard boats from the Bahamas.


Florida Trend: Florida Governor Rick Scott at Midterm

The best illustration of Rick Scott’s trajectory as governor of Florida is captured in the way he unveiled his first two budget proposals.


New York Times:  Awaiting the Storm’s Price Tag 

Hundreds of big stores shut tight from the Carolinas to Maine.


Louisiana Attorney General:  Citizens Property Insurance Hikes Legal

Significant rate increases for state-sponsored wind and hail property insurance policies that Citizens Property Insurance Corp. approved earlier this year were legal, according to an opinion by the state’s attorney general.


Blog:  Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fugate on fixing post-Sandy election problems to be led “by the states”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering what might happen if widespread power outages and damage to polling places from Hurricane Sandy can’t be addressed in time for the election.



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