UPDATED–Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Monday, October 31, 2016

Oct 31, 2016



Hurricane Matthew insurance claims climb to $606 million

According to information posted on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website Monday morning, the total claims filed as of Friday totaled 100,589. They included 85,473 residential property claims; 4,872 for commercial property; and 4,245 involving federal and private flood insurance, Matthew Moline reports for FloridaPolitics.com.


Keys homeowners may face insurance-switch dilemma

Some Florida Keys homeowners may find their property insurance carriers changed unless they take action to prevent it by mid-November.  Kevin Wadlow reports for Florida Keys News.


Florida motorist database to get repairs starting this month

Florida officials are offering one immediate fix and two longer term repairs to prevent a database used for the renewal of driver’s licenses and the registrations of cars and trucks, the Tampa Bay Times reports.


Florida, Halifax Health fighting physician shortage

Everybody agrees Florida’s physician shortage is a problem.  But how much of an obstacle is it?  Mike Finch II reports for the Daytona Beach News Journal.


Trial set to begin in Florida and Georgia’s fight over water

Florida and Georgia this week are taking their long-standing fight over the supply of water in their shared watershed to court. Arguments are expected to last for weeks, and the result could affect millions of people and major industries in both states.  The Associated Press reports via FloridaPolitics.com.


After first early vote weekend, GOP still leads in ballots cast in Florida

After the first week of early voting in Florida, Republicans this morning still led Democrats in ballots cast – but just barely. As of 7 a.m. 3.7 million Floridians had voted by mail or early.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Florida’s congressional delegation in for major election overhaul

Significant change is coming to Florida’s representation in Congress, the Tampa Bay Times’ Alex Leary reports.


The intricacies of counting votes in Florida

With extended polling days, computerized voting and widespread use of mail-in ballots, it’s easier than ever to be a voter.  And it’s more nuts than ever for Florida elections officials, for whom Election Day has turned into Election Two Weeks, a tip-toe path through about a zillion potential technological potholes.  The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.


South Florida’s voter fraud without a scorecard

If the news that two Miami women were arrested on allegations of voting fraud Thursday seemed a little bit déjà vu-ish, that’s because you really had seen it before.  The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei reports via the “Naked Politics” blog.



Florida’s I-4 corridor is where the election could be won

The Interstate 4 corridor stretching from the Tampa Bay area through Orlando to Daytona Beach is a bellwether of the nation’s largest swing state, where both candidates campaigned vigorously last week and President Barack Obama on Friday called on voters here to support Hillary Clinton.  Mike Schneider reports for the Associated Press.


Campaign-weary Scott eyes political future

Some suggest Florida Governor Rick Scott could be considering a run for Senate in 2018 or for president in four years, the Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Roher reports.


Scary Thought:  Buying A Haunted House In Florida

In the state of Florida, the Florida Legislature has determined that that is not material to the contract. In other words, you don’t have to be told about non-material things or other things that may have happened in that house.  Susan Giles Wantuck reports for WUSF News.


A real fright for Halloween:  Florida tax rules on candy, treats

An innocent goody bag can become a minefield of tax policy, with often-confusing rules governing grocery store purchases statewide and throughout the country.  Phil Ammann reports for SaintPetersBlog.com.


New York shouldn’t let sea-level projections expire

New York needs to update its sea-level projections to reflect changes in climate before the state’s current projections expire, write Franklin Nutter of the Reinsurance Association of America and Bill Ulfelder of The Nature Conservancy.   New draft projections by the state Department of Environmental Conservation are not finalized, the New York Daily News reports via the PCI SmartBrief.






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