Florida Gov. Rick Scott News

Florida Watching Hurricane Matthew, Governor Urges Residents to Prepare

  As the Caribbean waits for what is expected to be a category 4 Hurricane, Florida is preparing for the possibility of catching the tail end of the strong storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Sunday after he …

Florida Gov Orders Investigation into St. Petersburg Sewage Spill

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate a sewage spill in St. Petersburg. Heavy rain during Hurricane Hermine overloaded the city’s sewer systems, sending millions of gallons of sewage to flow into streets and …

Florida’s First Hurricane in 11 Years ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’ for Industry

  The 11-year hurricane drought in Florida is officially over. While preliminary damage estimates and claims are still trickling in from Hurricane Hermine, Florida’s first named hurricane since 2005, the consensus from the insurance industry is it could have been …

Thousands in Florida Capitol Still Without Power Days After Hermine

The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger played on social media and in the political …

Mayor of Florida City Charged With Insurance Fraud, Suspended by Governor

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended from office the mayor of the central Florida city of Tavares after he was charged with insurance fraud. Scott issued the executive order on July 14, one day after Mayor Robert Wolfe was arrested …

Florida Passes Expanded Medical Marijuana Legislation, Bill Heads to Governor

Florida’s contentious medical marijuana legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Scott. After 21/2 hours of debate on Monday, the Senate approved a House version of a bill (HB 307) that would expand the so-called “Right to Try” act, allowing medical …

Florida Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill Limiting Citizens’ Take-Out Letters

Florida legislators may try once again give additional protections to customers of Citizens Property Insurance. A Senate panel on Feb. 25 approved a bill that would put a limit on how many times a year a homeowner could be asked …

At Least 7 Tornadoes Hit Mississippi as Severe Storms Batter Region

A major storm system hit several Southeast states this week, bringing high winds and tornadoes to multiple regions and killing at least one person in Mississippi. Injuries and damage were also reported in Florida from an apparent tornado. The National …

Florida Declares Emergency After at Least 9 Reported Cases of Zika Virus

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease …

Willis Opens ‘Operational Center of Excellence’ in Florida

Willis Group Holdings plc, the global risk advisory, re/insurance broking, and human capital and benefits firm, has opened its Operational Center of Excellence in Tampa, Fla. Establishing the Center is part of Willis’s strategy to enhance client service via a robust …