Articles by Michael Adams

South Carolina Liquidating Commercial Auto Insurer First Keystone

The South Carolina Department of Insurance last week declared an insurer that specialized in providing commercial auto insurance to be insolvent and the insurer is now being liquidated. The First Keystone Risk Retention Group Inc. wrote taxis and other commercial …

Florida Gov. Scott Seeks Insurance Agents’ Help to Get Out Vote

Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging insurance agents to do their part to get out the vote as the state’s gubernatorial campaign enters its final weeks. Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist is running as a Democrat against Republican Scott in …

‘Fangate’ Stirs Florida Insurance Industry Fears Over Gubernatorial Election

If Florida’s insurance industry was looking for any certainty about the results of the looming governor’s race between Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, they didn’t find it after last week’s gubernatorial debate, which almost did not happen …

Florida Regulators Consider NCCI Request for 3.3% Rate Decrease

Florida’s workers’ compensation insurers rating agency says its request for a 3.3 decrease in rates reflects a stable market, although it cautioned that pending court cases could severely impact the state’s system. The National Council on Compensation Insurance initially filed …

Plenty of Questions Remain About Citizens Clearinghouse

Florida’s state-backed property insurer has begun submitting renewal policies through its online clearinghouse to private carriers, but agents believe the process still needs refinement. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. in September started to funnel all HO-3 residential multi-peril policies that have …

Florida’s Parasailing Insurance Law Takes Effect

Florida parasailing operators are now required to have up to $2 million in liability coverage under a new law that took effect Oct. 1. The White-Miskell Act regulates the state’s estimated 100 commercial parasailing operators that offer thrill seekers the …

Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurers Seek Bigger Rate Cut

Florida’s workers’ compensation insurers, already on record recommending an average 2.5 percent cut in rates, now say that a 3.3 percent cut is justified. The modification in the industry’s rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) rating …

Florida’s Citizens Pays Off Bond, Drops Surcharge 2 Years Early

Florida’s state-backed property insurer will stop collecting a one-percent assessment that had been used to retire a bond issued following the 2004-2005 hurricane season. The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of directors decided the insurer will have the necessary funds …

Insurer to Pay for Florida Gators-Idaho Vandals Cancelled Game

The University of Florida’s Athletic Department is scheduled to collect $1.8 million under a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy that covers the loss of ticket revenue in the event a home game is cancelled. The University of Florida Gators were …

Florida Approves Rate Cuts for Citizens Property Customers

Florida’s insurance regulator has approved rate decreases for policyholders of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The approval means for the first time in five years a majority of the state-backed insurer’s 998,800 policyholders will see rates go down on average. Florida …