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Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. are getting a bigger rate hike than was initially proposed, due to a change in a state law that was partially blocked by a federal judge this week.

Hurricane Irma damage
GERALD HERBERT

As the six-month hurricane season officially begins June 1, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will have surpassed 450 days responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A federal appeals court next week will wade into a battle about whether Jacksonville-based Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, violated antitrust laws by preventing agents from selling policies for a rival insurance company.

A tree fell onto a home in Valdosta, Georgia, during Hurricane Hermine.
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The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved new rates for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. that will increase average rates for residential personal-lines policies by just under 4.7%, down from an earlier plan for an 8.2% hike. 

Fight Over Home Insurance Payouts Floods Into Florida Supreme Court

Dec 28, 2018
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Amid continuing political and legal battles about the insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits,” the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to take up a closely watched case stemming from water damage to a St. Lucie County home.

Sherry Krol

Florida residents hoping to protect their homes from storms are running out of time to buy flood insurance before hurricane season.

trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.


workers' comp info on bulletin board
Jessica Palombo

Florida business groups are scrambling to fight back against a recent state Supreme Court ruling they say could cost business owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

The court struck down caps on attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation insurance cases. WJCT business analyst John Burr breaks down the effects of that decision for News Director Jessica Palombo in this week’s Business Brief.


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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — An extra charge on property-insurance and auto-insurance policies to cover claims paid for the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons will end Jan. 1.

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Ridesharing is gaining in popularity in major cities across the United States, including Jacksonville.

School grades, Union Cty. Sheriff Jerry Whitehead, and Pastafarians are in the headlines today.

Two Jacksonville brothers and entrepreneurs recently celebrated their First Coast-based company's tenth year of enormous success and consecutive expansion.

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Florida Blue gets reorganization approval: State regulators have approved Jacksonville-based insurer Florida Blue's reorganization to a not-f0r-profit holding company.