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Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians urged to buy flood insurance

Floridians are less than 30 days from the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and state officials are reminding residents to start preparing now. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said recent history speaks for itself.   Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription […]

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

Lawmakers OK property insurance overhaul

After several years and several iterations, legislation to curb rising property insurance costs and stop the alleged abuse of the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) system passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature April 24. Sponsored by state Sen. Doug Broxson, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, the legislation puts new regulations on AOB litigation, which […]

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Florida employers will save nearly half a billion dollars on their workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2019, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR). FLOIR approved a 13.8 percent decrease in overall workers’ comp rates based on an annual rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) just two years after […]

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

Citizens seeks AOB solution, postpones rate increase

After a bill aimed at reforming Florida’s insurance industry and preventing Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse failed in the Legislature’s last session, the state’s largest insurer has taken steps to solve the problem itself. Part of that solution is to suspend its plan to hike rates as much as 10 percent for consumers. Citizens Property […]

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

Flu cases spike in Santa Rosa County

The 2017-2018 flu season is in full swing and the numbers tell the same story statewide. Counties across Florida are reporting widespread outbreaks with the majority of those cases occurring in senior health facilities, schools and day care centers. This predominant strain of the flu so far this year is the H3N2 virus, and this […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 27

POLICE: TSA WORKER CAUGHT STEALING CASH AT FLORIDA AIRPORT Alexander Shae Johnson was arrested Thursday. Court records show the 22-year-old faces a third-degree felony grand theft charge. An Orlando police report says a passenger selected for a pat-down search while going through security at Orlando International Airport saw Johnson standing near her bag. The report […]