Report: Florida No. 3 in Country for Auto Theft

Jacksonville Business Journal Jacksonville is ranked No. 116 out of 380 cities for top cities prone to Auto Theft, says the National Insurance Crime Bureau and research from LoJack, a leader in vehicle theft recovery. Jacksonville ranks highly, with more than 3,000 thefts last year, but the state of Florida smashes the city itself: It’s…

Sides in Insurance Standoff Find Reason for Optimism

Ron Hurtibise – Sun Sentinel The arguments were familiar at a daylong forum in Boca Raton attended by 150 players in Florida’s homeowner insurance rate crisis. But unlike their usual methods of venting over the past four years — legislative hearings in Tallahassee, websites, letters to the editor — the opposing sides listened to each…

Troubled Waters Panel Wades Into Divisive Insurance Fight

Charles Elmore – Palm Beach Post The CEO of one of Florida’s 10 biggest property insurers told a forum in Boca Raton Tuesday that inflated water-damage claims are “morally wrong” and hurt all consumers by raising rates, while an attorney accused insurers of crying wolf about the latest “crisis” that serves their own needs. More…

Outgoing Insurance Commissioner Looks Back

By Jim Turner The News Service of Florida Published: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 10:49 p.m. TALLAHASSEE — Kevin McCarty, Florida’s longtime insurance commissioner, is leaving the Office of Insurance Regulation during the first week of July. McCarty oversaw the insurance industry through the unprecedented 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons and a global recession. But…

Shady Lawyers are Exploiting Loopholes in Property Insurance Policies

JAX Times Union Opinion Lead Letter: Shady lawyers are exploiting loopholes in property insurance policies By Michael Carlson, president, Personal Insurance Federation of Florida Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 3:31 pm Last year, Florida broke a record by going 10 straight years without a major hurricane. But not everything is calm as we enter this…

More Redistricting Drama: State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, State Rep. Kevin Rader Swap Races

George Bennett – Palm Beach Post – June 10,2016 State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, and state Rep. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, are switching races less than three weeks before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. The maneuver comes 16 days before Florida’s June 24 deadline for candidates to submit paperwork and pay filing fees to secure their places…