Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, November 20

Nov 20, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


New options may turn tide on Florida flood insurance rates

Real estate and insurance agents in the Tampa Bay area aren’t waiting for congressional action to address rising premiums in the National Flood Insurance Program, the Tampa Tribune’s Josh Boatwright reports.


Miami-Dade commissioners:  We want county plans to consider sea-level rise

Is there a sea change of opinion among Miami-Dade County commissioners over the threat of climate change?


Scott taking it slow with lieutenant governor, insurance appointments

Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Tuesday he isn’t talking about his process for finding a lieutenant governor, but he also has a handful of positions at Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to fill, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


No sea of change in Florida Keys real estate market

In the Florida Keys, a mere foot of sea-level rise will put $2.7 billion in property at risk, according to an estimate by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Robert Silk reports for


Florida Tea Party Congressman Trey Radel busted for cocaine possession

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, the tea party freshman Republican from Fort Myers, was arrested Oct. 29 for cocaine possession in Washington D.C, Politico reported via the Miami Herald.


Bill Nelson says Charlie Crist “trouble” could spur run for governor

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) says that, contrary to recent reports, he does not plan to run for governor next year. But he left the door open to changing his mind, Emily Schultheis and Burgess Everett report for  


Democrat, Republican file for race to fill Will Weatherford’s state House seat in 2014

A Democrat and a Republican have jumped into the District 38 race to replace Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, who’s leaving the House next year because of term limits, Tampa Bay Times Rich Shopes reports.


Police:  Katherine Harris’ husband commits suicide

The husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who became known nationally for her role in the contested 2000 presidential election, was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide at the couple’s mansion, Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington and Tamara Lush report.


Florida Department of Law Enforcement says crime numbers hit 42-year low

The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports that Florida’s crime rate fell a record 5.2 percent in the first half of this year, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said Tuesday.


Florida Education Commissioner:  Standards Changes Ready by Spring

The State Board of Education could consider changes to the state’s standards for student learning as soon as February, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said Tuesday.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Brandon Larrabee reports via


2013 Hurricane Season One of Largest Busts Ever for Colorado Forecasters

Opinions of the Atlantic hurricane season presumably would differ greatly depending on perspective, Chad Hemenway reports for National Underwriter’s


Title Insurance Calculation Dropped From US Mortgage Form Rule

A U.S. rule that would have wrapped title insurance into the total costs listed on a simplified mortgage-disclosure form was dropped by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after industry complaints, BusinessWeek reports.


10 Ideas Chosen for Coastal Shields in New York, New Jersey

Here’s one way to stop the floodwaters the next time a monster like Superstorm Sandy comes ashore in New York City: Build an 8-mile-long system of dikes around the low-lying parts of Manhattan, David B. Caruso reports for Insurance Journal.


Texas Surplus Lines Association Elects New Officers

The Texas Surplus Lines Association Inc. announced the election of new officers and directors at its annual meeting in Austin on Nov. 11, Insurance Journal reports.


State Proposals to Mandate Insurance for Gun Owners Falter

A mandate for gun buyers could be more challenging than for drivers, given insurers’ aversion to the risk from assaults. That compares with U.S. auto insurance, where companies spend more than $5 billion a year to win customers in a $178 billion market, Bloomberg reports via Insurance Journal.



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