Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Monday, December 4

Jan 4, 2010



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South Florida flood victims eligible for disaster assistance

The rains that brought flooding and property damage to coastal Broward and Miami-Dade counties just before Christmas are getting a response from the U.S. Small Business Administration: disaster loans.


Florida growers anxious about cold

Area citrus growers are carefully watching the week’s low temperatures, paying special attention to the 28-degree mark.


Jacksonville-based P & C Carrier Acquires Texas Surety Business

Houston-based CAIC Holding Co.Inc. has sold its surety division to property/casualty insurance carrier The Main Street America Group, based in Jacksonville, Fla.


Florida Peninsula Insurance Company enters in acquisition agreement with Edison Insurance Company

Florida Homeowners Insurer to Grow by 25,000 Policies

Florida Peninsula Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with and has received Florida Office of Insurance Regulation consent to acquire Edison Insurance Group, including its two of its subsidiaries: Edison Insurance Company and Edison Insurance Underwriters.


Swiss Re Chairman Walter Bell:  Proposed tax on reinsurers a disaster for Floridians

While Floridians weathered the hurricane season relatively unscathed, they should be aware of a storm, though this one isn’t brewing offshore.


Associated Industries and United Way of Florida: Businesses, nonprofits need help with property insurance

Mother Nature’s present to Florida for the holidays – a hurricane-free storm season. However, as we approach the 2010 state legislative session, we are facing the same predicament.


School days looming for Florida’s bad drivers

Starting New Year’s day, chronically bad drivers in Florida will have to go back to school if they want to get back on the road.


License plate cameras set for Broward cities

After thieves filled a U-Haul with a home’s contents in June and a man in a white truck approached a child in September, Police Chief Ross Licata wished for witnesses.


THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:  Florida lawmakers to consider health coverage of more children

Bipartisan legislation that will be filed in the coming year aims to extend state-subsidized health insurance coverage to children of certain legal immigrants and the children of state employees in Florida.


EPA orders Jacksonville ship fume reduction for health

Jacksonville and other port cities will be healthier because of new air pollution rules for oceangoing commercial ships, say activists who pushed the change.


Health insurance retail store coming to Tampa

With joblessness on the rise, and employers increasingly bowing out of providing health insurance, more Americans than ever need to find their own policies.


Fla. judge won’t delay prison for UBS informant

A federal judge refused Monday to postpone prison or consider a lighter sentence for a former Swiss banker-turned-informant who helped launch a massive U.S. tax evasion investigation into banking giant UBS AG.


Regulators give Sun American deadline to raise capital or sell

Federal regulators have set the clock ticking for Boca Raton-based Sun American Bank to cure its “significantly undercapitalized” status.


Seminole Casino operators, politicians hope agreement reached with state soon

Its easy to forget that Seminole Casino Immokalee was once a modest bingo hall.


Unemployment tax surge could hit businesses hard

Florida’s minimum unemployment-compensation insurance tax will jump nearly 1,100 percent Jan. 1 as the state starts to deal with the crushing financial burden attached to its double-digit jobless rate.


Editorial: Florida revenue … research effect of taxes

Florida lawmakers tend to steer clear of legislation that would reduce tax revenues.


Florida National Guard to have largest deployment since WWII

The largest contingent of Florida National Guard soldiers to be deployed since World War II will head out of the state this week first to training in Texas, then to the battlefield.


Crist’s political Teflon wearing thin

Charlie Crist’s final year as governor begins like no other: with perilous poll numbers, his optimism worn thin and his shell of political Teflon deeply scratched.


Favoritism cloud hangs over Sink

Ten months after getting a special referral from Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink’s top aide, a Republican-affiliated Fort Lauderdale law firm wrote its first big check to the Florida Democratic Party.


Court woes wind down for for Florida House Speaker Sansom

An appellate court rejected an effort to revive criminal charges against former House Speaker Ray Sansom on Thursday, probably ending his court troubles.


Blog:  Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer refuses to quit

A betting person would look for Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer to be part of the January unemployment report.


Son of former Hillsborough state senator will seek Florida House District 47 seat

The son of a longtime Florida lawmaker plans to ring in the new year by making his own run for public office.


Politics 2010: Economy, U.S. Senate race are major factors in Florida

Budget issues and insurance matters will hold center stage in a 2010 election year as the state continues to deal with tough budget times made more precarious by the inevitable exhaustion of federal stimulus dollars.


Florida wrestles with the symbols of the space shuttle’s end

And so it begins, a new year and the final countdown to the end of the space shuttle program. With NASA due to mothball the orbiters in at least 10 months, officials in Florida are gearing up for the hardship and change that the passing of an era will bring.


Dogfight Over Tanker Contract Could Impact Brevard

A bitter battle over who will build the next generation of Air Force aerial refueling aircraft could have major consequences for Brevard County, with more than 1,600 potential new jobs hinging on whether Boeing or Northrop Grumman comes out on top.


Reinsurance Rates Down For Jan. 1 Renewals 

Reinsurance rates across most lines of property-catastrophe business declined for Jan. 1, 2010 renewals, according to a study released today by reinsurance brokerage Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC.


NAIC Releases Annual Homeowners Insurance Report

The NAIC released its 2007 Homeowners Insurance Report, providing data on market distribution and average cost by policy form and amount of insurance.


Louisiana homeowners pay high price for insurance

Louisiana remains the third most expensive homeowners insurance market in the nation behind Florida and Texas, according to newly released data from the al Association of Insurance Commissioners.


The New Katrina Flood: Hospital Liability

Three years before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, a senior executive at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital assessed its vulnerability to the sort of flooding that had been long feared there.


Captive formations edge up in 2009

Several domiciles see increased activity in fourth quarter

As 2009 came to a close, an apparent net gain in captive formations in many domiciles had some regulators thinking the interest in captives might signal economic recovery.


Guy Carpenter Report – 2009 Catastrophe Update

Guy Carpenter has published four articles on the significant catastrophes that occurred in 2009.


Corporate Tax Returns Face Heavier Scrutiny

While the recession may be ending across much of the world, its effect on revenue collectors and corporate tax returns will last much longer.


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