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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 …

High Risk of Tornadoes in Southeast Than Midwest

Oklahoma and Kansas may have the reputation as tornado hot spots, but Florida and the rest of the Southeast are far more vulnerable to killer twisters, a new analysis shows. Florida leads the country in deaths calculated per mile a …

Florida Insurance Industry Ready for Hurricane Season

Eight hurricane-free years in Florida and a seller’s market in catastrophe bonds have fortified the state against the cost of major storm damage as the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. “Florida is in its best position in a …

Near Collision Between Commercial Jet and Drone Over Florida

U.S. officials say an airliner nearly collided with a drone in the sky over Florida in March. Jim Williams of the Federal Aviation Administration’s unmanned aircraft systems office acknowledged the incident Thursday at a San Francisco drone conference, citing it …

Florida Prescription Database Will Keep Running

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is keeping the state’s prescription drug database up and running after state legislators decided against funding it. The Florida Legislature did not set aside any money for the nearly three year old program during the …

Fire Demonstrations Part of Florida’s Arson Awareness Week

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also serves as Florida’s State Fire Marshal, recognized May 4 to 10 as Arson Awareness Week 2014. The nationwide initiative aims to educate the public on the importance of community arson awareness, with a …

Florida Flood Insurance Bill Heads to Governor

Florida is trying to entice private insurance companies to sell flood policies in the state that’s the most vulnerable to storm surge. The Florida Senate voted Thursday 30-3 for the bill (SB 542) sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican …

Florida Lawmakers Consider Telemedicine Regulation

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren’t any neurologists on …

Parasailing Regulations Closer to Reality in Florida

Parasailing in Florida moved closer to becoming a regulated industry Thursday, with the Senate approving a bill that would place safety guidelines on companies. The legislation details insurance, equipment and license requirements, along with weather conditions that would force operations …