Tag: National Flood Insurance Program

Staff ReportsJuly 31, 2018

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis cheered a U.S. Senate vote Tuesday extending the National Flood Insurance Program through Nov. 30, the traditional end date for the hurricane season. “The extension comes while talk continues about reforming the program,” Patronis said in a written statement. “Any discussion must include keeping rates affordable for Floridians. As the largest […]

Staff ReportsJuly 25, 2018

Insurance industry figures welcomed the news Wednesday that the U.S. House had voted overwhelmingly to temporarily reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, just about one week before it was to expire. Nat Wienecke, senior vice president of federal government relations at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, issued a public statement. “PCI is pleased […]

Michael MolineFebruary 3, 2017

A state senator proposing legislation to mitigate flood risk said Friday that lawmakers in Tallahassee don’t fully appreciate the extent of that risk. “I think my colleagues in the Legislature don’t quite understand the gravity of the situation — much like Congress,” said Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican. “They do not understand how serious the […]

Staff ReportsDecember 5, 2016

State Sen. Jeff Brandes says he will file legislation for the 2017 Legislative Session to fund flood mitigation in affected communities. The idea is to lower the cost of flood insurance by decreasing flood severity in areas covered by the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System. The legislation will create a matching grant program, in […]

Phil AmmannOctober 23, 2016

When Hurricane Matthew battered the East Coast, it killed dozens and caused catastrophic flooding in Florida and North Carolina, with losses estimated in the billions. This followed Hurricane Hermine, which tore through the Florida Panhandle and caused devastating floods in Louisiana. Meanwhile, West Virginia recently saw flash floods that tragically took 23 lives. These extreme […]

Peter SchorschNovember 2, 2015

Governor Rick Scott huddled with embattled insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty last Tuesday after a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, however the scheduled meeting did not appear on the governor’s official schedule. The off-the-grid meeting is only serving to fuel speculation that McCarty will soon leave the Office of Insurance Regulation, despite his public statements to the contrary. […]

Janelle Irwin TaylorAugust 14, 2015

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has responded to State Sen. Jeff Brandes’ request to study the methods used to determine National Flood Insurance Program policy rates. The group agrees that with the limited information available to regulators, the rates may be “unfairly discriminatory.” According to a letter from OIR commissioner Kevin McCarty, his NFIP […]


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