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Dorian Sets Course Toward Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen, potentially approaching hurricane status by the time it gets to Puerto Rico Wednesday, but it won’t pack the same punch as other storms in recent years. Dorian was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) …

US Assure Earns Industry Honors

Zurich award, industry association designation demonstrate company’s accomplishments Jacksonville, FL, February 18, 2015 – US Assure, a leading program administrator and insurance services provider with four decades of insurance success, recently won two prestigious industry honors—Zurich’s Spirit of Excellence award …

Florida DOT Installs Beacons to Help Prevent Wrong Way Crashes

Eleven people have died since February in the Tampa Bay area because of wrong way crashes, and area law enforcement officers are trying to prevent more deaths. WFLA reports that Florida Department of Transportation officials say new beacons will be …

Crane Tips Over Onto Cars, Home in Florida

A Tampa Bay-area home was damaged along with three vehicles and a travel trailer when a crane tipped over. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says the crane operator jumped to safety when the crane he was using to remove a …

EMPLOYERS Launches Registered Nurse Hotline

EMPLOYERS has launched Coventry/NT24, a 24-hour hotline staffed by registered nurses who are specially trained to provide medical guidance over the phone for work-related injuries or illnesses. Coventry/NT24 is staffed by English- and Spanish-speaking nurses with accommodations available for other …

Florida Sheriff Offers Parking Spots for Internet Transactions

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is offering what it calls a safer way to close transactions of items bought and sold over the Internet. Two parking spots in front of the sheriff’s Operations Center in Bradenton, have been designated Safe …

Florida Still Deadliest State for Lightning Strikes

Florida is known for being the deadliest state in the country for lightning strikes – and 2014 has been no exception. Four people in Florida have been fatally struck so far this year, The Tampa Tribune reports. That’s the same …

More Staged Accidents Arrests in Florida

Three individuals in Fort Lauderdale were arrested for their involvement in a staged accident that resulted in fraudulent Personal Injury Protection (PIP) billings in excess of $80,000, according to an announcement by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. He also …

Some Florida Citizens Customers Could See Property Rates Drop

Florida’s largest property insurer may be dropping its rates next year. Citizens Property Insurance is considering rate proposals for 2015 that would lower rates by about 3.2 percent for most homeowners. The state-created insurer says the proposal would apply to …

Florida Residents Will See Slightly Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Floridians are going to get a slight break on their insurance bills next year. The state is ending a charge on insurance bills that has been used to pay off claims related to Hurricane Wilma. Wilma struck South Florida at …