Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, April 16
Apr 16, 2014
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The National Hurricane Center director explained to Orlando Sentinel’s Kevin Spears that the lull in storms means many Floridians don’t know much about storm evacuations, don’t know how well their homes are insured and don’t have an overall plan for survival in the event of a catastrophe.
In a letter to board members last month Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway announced the state-run company is consolidating some of its operations and downsizing part of its workforce, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.
Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system, the Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports.
The Workers’ Compensation Institute has opened registration for the 69th annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, to be held August 17-24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida, National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com reports.
Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that recommended those limits are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on solid footing, Steve Miller reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is appealing a development permit in Lake County in what is the first challenge or appeal to a local land use decision since the department was created, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.
Tax breaks are in. Gambling? No dice. Lower tuition is OK, but alimony is a no-no, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam explains in SunshineStateNews.com.
For lawmakers, the state’s economic rebound has re-kindled a feeding frenzy for hometown projects. The competing, $75 billion House and Senate budget plans lawmakers will hash out over the next three weeks are littered with hundreds of requests that lawmakers made for hometown water projects, street repairs, sea walls and even a gun range, according to budget records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Aaron Deslatte reports via the Sun-Sentinel.
After months indicating there will be almost no competitive Florida Senate races this year, incumbent Geri Thompson drew a major foe this week in Gary Siplin who held the seat for a decade, Jeff Henderson reports for SunshineStateNews.com.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center hope new color-coded maps they’re trying out this year will simplify two important points about storm surge for coastal residents: how far from the beach the water will spread and how high that water will rise, Associated Press’ Jennifer Kay reports via the Tallahassee Democrat.
The Federal Insurance Office has initiated a study looking into the affordability and availability of auto insurance, Phil Gusman reports for National Underwriter’s PropertyCasualty360.com.
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast, reported it has established a Claims Call Center that is open 24 hours, seven days a week, Insurance Journal reports.
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