LMA NEWSLETTER January 23, 2023

Guardian Angel

As many of you have heard, I have had some health challenges for the past year but am grateful that the doctor says I have no active cancer, thanks to the good Lord and Pfizer’s cancer research.  So many of us have friends, family and colleagues fighting cancer, and this weekend I received this note …

Lawmakers Dig Into Hurricane Recovery Issues

Ian death toll rises

The Florida Legislature’s second week of committee meetings this past week came as news was breaking of two more deaths from September’s Hurricane Ian.  The remains of an elderly man were found on his sunken sailboat and an elderly woman’s remains were found as crews were clearing debris in the mangroves …

Disaster Management Digest

Beach, housing recovery

The $100 million to help restore Florida’s hurricane damaged beaches is flowing, the first state-led shelter housing program is underway, and the critical report of the federal government’s disaster recovery system – and how FEMA is responding.  It’s all in this week’s Disaster Management Digest.

Beach Recovery Funds: The Governor last …

Bill Watch

Awaiting more reinsurance help

Governor DeSantis continues to leave open the door for further property insurance market help following the reforms passed in the May and December 2022 special sessions.  In comments to the media last week, he said “I think everyone who’s acknowledged, has looked at this, said Florida is more attractive today than …

More Policy Nonrenewals

Florida’s market instability continues

Another Florida property insurance company has decided not to renew thousands of policies, a public adjuster accused of repeatedly violating the state insurance code may lose his license, plus why we’re watching a potential special session in Louisiana.  It’s all in this week’s Property Insurance News.

Policy Nonrenewals: Castle Key Insurance, …

Healthcare Digest

Massive fraud, COVID, and mental health

The “Florida Shuffle” involving a $746 million sober home scam, a proposed permanent end to COVID mandates, the state of Florida’s mental health system, plus another Obamacare enrollment record.  It’s all in this week’s Healthcare Digest.

COVID Mandates: Governor DeSantis announced last week that he wants the series …

Environment & Engineering Digest

Florida’s next multi-billion dollar plan

A “historic” investment in Everglades restoration and state water resources, new protections for coral reefs to help protect against hurricane storm surge, more money for land acquisition and septic to sewer conversions, plus the rapid growth of electric vehicles in Florida.  It’s all in this week’s Environment & Engineering Digest

Florida’s Doomed Dome House

Whenever large hurricanes strike Florida there is always renewed talk in the recovery process afterward about whether we really should be building (and rebuilding) in coastal and other low-lying areas that are vulnerable to destructive winds, flooding, and erosion.  We were reminded of this longstanding debate again – and of the unconquerable power of Mother …