Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report: Wednesday, October 23

Oct 23, 2013


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related Events


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Daily Florida Insurance-Related News


Florida Condo Developer Sues Residents Over Website

The developer of a mold- and water-plagued condominium complex in Manatee County alleges in a lawsuit that a handful of former and current residents conspired to hack emails and to create a website slamming the company in an effort to get it to buy back their homes, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


Bank error triggers quadrupling of flood insurance rates

A St. Petersburg resident has fallen prey to another disturbing twist in the flood insurance saga, Jeff Harrington reports for Tampa Bay Times.


Firm asks to delay septic tanks study that has blocked local regulations statewide

The engineering firm conducting a $5.1-million study of septic tank alternative technologies is asking for a one-year extension, which could further delay implementation of septic tank regulations across the state, The Florida Current’s Bruce Ritchie reports.


I want to drive my Florida-purchased car in Canada and Florida.  Can I?

If your main residence is in Canada, bringing a U.S.-registered vehicle north of the 49th – even temporarily – is not without red tape, explains Joanne Will for the Globe and Mail.


Editorial:  A Medicaid tale of two GOP governors

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board compares Ohio Governor John Kasich and Florida Governor Rick Scott.


Florida gets $4.2 million extra gaming compact payment from Seminole Tribe

Revenue from Seminole casinos is expected to rise in future years, Florida economists predict, The Florida Current’s Gray Rohrer reports.


Florida Department of Law Enforcement says forged documents scam was tried 7 times

The forged-papers scheme that got two convicted killers out of a Panhandle prison has been attempted at least seven times, the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday, The Florida Current’s Bill Cotterell reports.


Blog:  Governor Scott’s “white paper” seeks less debt, spending cuts

A new “white paper” issued by Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday calls for a limited moratorium on new long-term debt by the state of Florida and will require state agencies to recommend at least $100 million in spending reductions as part of the budget he’ll submit to the Legislature early next year, Marc Caputo reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Blog:  Meet William Rankin, the Democrat challenging CFO Jeff Atwater

William Rankin, a Democratic Fort Lauderdale businessman, former Ohio treasury official, and Army veteran, formally announced his candidacy for chief financial officer tonight, Adam Smith blogs for Tampa Bay Times’ “The Buzz.”


Blog:  Content with State Senate, Maria Sachs won’t run for Florida Attorney General

Scratch state Sen. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach from the list of possible Democratic challengers to Republican Attorney Pam Bondi, Michael Van Sickler reports for the Miami Herald’s “Naked Politics” blog.


Louisiana Legislature Plans Flood Insurance Meeting

The Louisiana Legislature’s insurance committees have scheduled an Oct. 23 meeting to discuss what can be done to help residents facing skyrocketing flood insurance increases, the Associated Press reports via Insurance Journal.


State Auto CEO Restrepo Elected PCI Chair

State Auto Chairman and CEO Robert P. Restrepo has been elected Board Chair of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, National Underwriter’s reports.



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