Year: 2017

Rising Sea Levels a Fact in Florida for Now: Legislative Action Underway

Whether you’re a homeowner or work in construction or insurance, you likely know the damage water can do to a structure.  And whether you believe in global warming or not, scientists have confirmed by direct device measurement that sea levels around Florida are back on the upswing – and it could mean more frequent and severe flooding if the trend …

LMA NEWSLETTER AUGUST 7, 2017

Of Technology and Road Trips

Since 2000, my smartphone of choice was the Blackberry.  I was one of the first to use one in the fortune 500 companies I worked for and then when I returned to state government in the insurance regulatory arena, I was one of the first in the state agencies to have the device so I …

LMA NEWSLETTER JULY 24, 2017

Dog Days of Summer

We are in the middle of the dog days of summer!  For those of you who live in milder climates, we thought we would share with you what that means.  A fun factoid:  The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.”  The name came about because they associated …

Flood insurers in Florida have doubled thanks to technology

July 20, 2017, Intelligent Insurer – The number of companies writing flood insurance in Florida has doubled from 10 to 20 firms in the past year, mainly thanks to the use of new technology to better predict and price flood risk, according to a report by Lisa Miller & Associates.

New technology is making structures more resilient than ever to …

LMA NEWSLETTER JULY 10, 2017

Where Are All the Good Women?

We have the privilege of having our clients come to Tallahassee and spend a day or two planning, plotting, praying, preparing, presenting, and the list goes on.  And every time we have the privilege of spending quality time with our clients, we all walk away the better for it.  On a recent visit, one …

Florida’s Private Flood Market Nearly Doubles While National Flood Insurance Reform Makes Bipartisan Headway in Washington

Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law HB 813 to further encourage private flood insurance alternatives for Florida homeowners and businesses.  Thanks to the leadership of state Senator Jeff Brandes (R-Pinellas County) and his championing alternatives to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Florida’s private flood insurance market is growing – from 10 companies last year to nearly 20 today …

LMA NEWSLETTER JUNE 26, 2017

Is Customer Service an Oxymoron?

We often receive feedback and letters from our readers on a variety of topics and one that caught our eye this week is worth sharing.  Here’s what it said:  “While in a large retail store recently, I came across an example of what seems to be a trend in customer service…where the team member employed …

Growing Florida’s Private Flood Market – Part One

Florida’s private flood insurance market is growing while Congress tries to find its way to potential fixes for the beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Just in time for the start of hurricane season, the Florida Legislature has made it even easier for private insurance companies to write flood coverage in the Sunshine State.  The private market is seen as …