Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report - Thursday, October 12, 2017
Date Published: 10-12-2017
Though it raised concerns about a jury instruction, a State Appeals Court Wednesday upheld a nearly $35 Million Verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the Death of a Longtime Smoker. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via FloridaPolitics.com.
Hurricane Irma destroyed 675 Residential and Commercial Structures in Unincorporated Monroe County and damaged thousands of others, according to a Preliminary Assessment by County Government Staff. Larry Kahn reports for the Florida Keynoter.
The Company, parent of Universal Property & Casualty, Florida’s largest Insurer, said in a news release that it has had about 50,000 Claims related to Irma from Florida and other affected States in the Southeast. Ron Hurtibise reports for the Sun-Sentinel.
The Wet Weather and King Tides together are making for some of the the worst Coastal Flooding, Residents say they’ve seen in years. Ryan Van Velzer reports for the Sun-Sentinel.
After securing Approval for a Cost-Share Program, the City ordered valves for stormwater outfall pipes to get rid of Sunny Day Flooding in Davis Shores, the kind of flooding that comes not from rain but from high tides. Sheldon Gardner reports for the St. Augustine Record.
Hurricane Irma recently provided a real life test when it swept through Ormond Beach, Florida, where Opti Systems are installed at Five Interconnected Lakes. Katy Scott reports for CNN.
More Fraud Complaints are made in Florida than any other State, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Last year, 269,117 Fraud Complaints were Filed — or 1,306 Complaints out of every 100,000 Residents. Genevieve DiNatale reports for the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Florida Lawmakers are warning that Americans better get used to drinking orange juice from Brazil if they can't secure the Federal Help to Rescue the State's Billion-Dollar Citrus Industry ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Ledyard King reports for USA Today.
Rainfall Runoff and Lake Okeechobee discharges since Hurricane Irma hit Florida last month have turned miles of Atlantic Beaches and Indian River Lagoon Waters the color of coffee. Tyler Treadway reports for USA Today.
At the height of a Budget Showdown earlier this year, Governor Rick Scott said his friendship with President Donald Trump‘s Administration would result in Florida getting $1.5 Billion to help the State’s Hospitals. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via WLRN.
A Revised Policy Exempting School, Booster and Parent-Teacher Clubs from purchasing their own Liability Insurance when using School Facilities again split Board Members and District Staff during Tuesday’s Meeting. Eryn Dion reports for the Panama City News-Herald.
With Medicaid Costs Rising and Tax Revenue Socked by Hurricane Irma, Senate President Joe Negron says next year's Legislative Session may include tapping into the State's $3.8 Billion in Cash Reserves. Arek Sarkissian reports for TCPalm.com.
An Appeals Court has Ruled that Condo Owners of Two Pensacola Beach Developments do not have to pay Property Taxes on their Condo Developments' Land as it is Owned by Escambia County. Jim Little reports for the Pensacola News-Journal.
The impact of Hurricanes may be a complicating factor as Lawmakers try to figure out how many Students are in Florida’s Public Schools this year and how many might show up next year. THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA reports via FloridaPolitics.com.
The Lawmaker who oversees a powerful Criminal Justice Committee said he will spearhead a much-needed Reform of the State’s Juvenile Justice System in the wake of a Miami Herald Series that detailed the existence of a Mercenary System in which Detainees are given honey buns and other treats as a reward for pounding other youths. Mary Ellen Klas reports.
Negron, who we’ve already reported as having found a New Gear as he enters his last year in Leadership, gave up his Primo Parking Spot in the Capitol Garage so that his Colleague, Dorothy Hukill, can use it. FloridaPolitics.com Publisher Peter Schorsch reports.
One of the most Eye-Opening Statistics in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s Roar through here is that there were just 5,675 Federal Flood Insurance Policies on an Island with nearly 1.57 Million Housing Units. The Miami Herald’s Tim Johnson and Kevin G. Hall report.
Now some are eyeing the Billions of Dollars in Hurricane-Ravaged Property in Texas and Florida and deciding it may be the time to take out their checkbooks. Prashant Gopal reports for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
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