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Amwins Buys Franklin Street’s Arena Special Risks Wholesale Book

 - 12/01/2022
Amwins, an international distributor of specialty insurance products, has purchased Atlanta-based Arena Special Risks’ wholesale business from Franklin Street. The move will allow Franklin Street to concentrate on retail insurance for the real estate market, the company said in a …

PCF Insurance Services Acquires Georgia-based VB@Work

 - 12/01/2022
PCF Insurance Services, one of the larger brokerage firms in the country, has acquired Georgia-based Voluntary Benefits at Work. VB@Work, as it is abbreviated, said it designs employee benefits packages that minimize client administrative overhead. The merger will expand VB’s …

Florida Consultant on Demotech Alternatives Faced Issues in Other States, Reports Show

 - 12/01/2022
A Mississippi-based consulting firm hired to figure out Florida’s insurance company financial rating conundrum has faced scrutiny in other states after audits found improper disbursement of funds, long delays in projects and other issues. Horne LLP, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, …

Tornadoes Kill 2 in Alabama, Damage Homes and Businesses in Mississippi

 - 11/30/2022
Tornadoes and high winds destroyed a fire station, damaged homes and ripped the roof off an apartment complex in Alabama, as the storm front moved into eastern states Wednesday morning. Local news reports and the Associated Press noted that at …

Florida Supreme Court Approves Suspension of Mobile Claims Center Attorney

 - 11/30/2022
The Florida Supreme Court has approved the emergency suspended the law license of North Fort Myers attorney Jennifer Perez, who was in charge of a “mobile claim center” that was set up in a trailer in North Fort Myers about …

Developers Pulling Plug on South Florida Projects Due to Insurance Costs

 - 11/30/2022
Spiking insurance costs are impacting the real estate market in south Florida, causing some developers to put major projects on hold – despite booming demand for residential and commercial property. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that a number of …

Florida Amusement Park Fined $250,000 After Teen’s Fatal Fall

 - 11/30/2022
The operator of an Orlando amusement park ride from which a Missouri teenager fell to his death should pay a $250,000 fine and can never hold a ride permit in Florida again, state officials said Tuesday. Fourteen-year-old Tyre Sampson fell …

It’s On: Florida Special Session on Insurance Slated for Dec. 12-16

 - 11/29/2022
It hasn’t been made official by the governor’s office, but Florida legislative leaders have set a date for a second special session to tackle property insurance issues – Dec. 12 through Dec. 16. Memos from newly sworn Senate and House …

After NC Fire, School Employee Charged in Connection with Falsified Alarm Inspections

 - 11/29/2022
When an elementary school in Durham, North Carolina, caught fire in the middle of the night last April, officials found it strange that the alarm did not sound or alert the local fire department. It turned out that inspections of …

Four Florida Cities in Top 10 Most Dangerous for Pedestrians, Affecting Insurance Costs

 - 11/29/2022
Six of the top 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians are in the Southeast and four of those are in Florida, according to a report from an advocacy group that works for better planning and safer transportation designs. And the …

Hurricane Ian Runoff May Be Worsening Red Tide on Florida’s SW Coast

 - 11/29/2022
Scientists are saying a red tide bloom that’s lingered along the coast for a few weeks is now being fed by nutrients running off the landscape in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Red tide (Karenia brevis) is a naturally occurring …

Central Florida’s Insurance Land Joins Renaissance Alliance

 - 11/28/2022
Insurance Land, an independent agency with offices in Sanford and Deland, Florida, has joined the Renaissance Alliance network of agencies, the firm said in a news release. The agency, in business since 1984, offers commercial and personal lines and will …

Starting Jan. 1, Security Guards at Tenn. Bars Need Extra Training After Fatal Incident

 - 11/28/2022
Starting Jan. 1, security guards in Tennessee will need new training to de-escalate violence, and bars that employ untrained guards could lose their liquor licenses. It’s all part of Dallas’ Law, passed by state lawmakers after 22-year-old Dallas Barrett died …

AI in Connected Cars Can Ease Rush Hour Congestion, Vanderbilt Research Shows

 - 11/28/2022
As millions of people travel the interstates this Thanksgiving, many will encounter patches of traffic at a standstill for no apparent reason – no construction or accident. Researchers say the problem is you. Human drivers just don’t do a good …

Carolina TV Station Reeling After Chopper Crash Kills Pilot and Meteorologist

 - 11/28/2022
A helicopter pilot and a meteorologist who worked for a North Carolina television station died just before Thanksgiving when a news helicopter crashed along a Charlotte-area interstate, with police praising the pilot for heroically avoiding the roadway in his final …