Last Call for 12.2.21 – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics


Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going on in Florida politics.

Ed. To note – Due to a technical issue beyond our control, Sunburn will take a day off tomorrow. Fear not, fans, the definitive morning reading of Florida political news will be coming back to your inbox Monday morning! Thank you for your support and have a good weekend. Be careful.

First attempt

Financial director Jimmy Patronishe office has deployed two new teams to tackle property insurance fraud.

“Last year, we worked with the Florida legislature to create two new enforcement teams dedicated solely to combating homeowner fraud and property insurance in Florida,” he said. said in comments on Thursday at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Insurance Summit.

Now the squads have arrived.

“The new squads are made up of 13 people in total, including 10 sworn law enforcement detectives and are currently on the ground in Tampa and Orlando, working with our federal, state and local partners to investigate fraud fraud. property insurance. Although based in central Florida, these teams have the power to investigate important cases statewide. “

Patronis said he had asked detectives “to focus on significant cases involving organized fraud schemes, multiple suspects or jurisdictions, contractor fraud, phantom damage claims, inflated damage claims and fraudulent claims for water and roof damage “.

The property insurance market was a major topic of discussion during the first day of the Insurance Summit, which brought together insurance policy experts from across the country in Tampa to discuss the state. of the Florida insurance industry.

While fraud often takes a back seat to limit litigation in property insurance policy discussions, Patronis noted that it bleeds millions of insurers every year.

“Since taking office in 2017, our Enforcement Unit has made over 4,500 arrests for fraud and arson. These efforts resulted in a total of more than $ 173 million in court-ordered restitution. “

Evening readings

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to resurrect Florida state custodyVia Jason Delgado of Florida Politics

Insurance summit: insurance of citizens’ property to advance the “depopulation” plan during the legislative session of 2022Via Drew Wilson of Florida Politics

Las Vegas Sands sues Seminoles-linked groups over major Florida gambling expansionVia Matt Dixon from POLITICO Florida

10% of Florida’s young children received COVID-19 vaccines in NovemberVia Scott Powers of Florida Politics

Coronavirus cases in South Africa nearly tripled in three days as omicron fears growVia Lesley Wroughton of the Washington Post

Omicron’s best and worst scenariosVia Rachel Gutman of The Atlantic

Florida Power & Light Executives Worked Closely With Consultants Driving ‘Ghost’ Nominee Program, Files RevealVia Jason Garcia and Annie Martin of the Orlando Sentinel

Bill to allow cameras to be enforced in safe school zones gains momentumVia Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics

Federal government drags its feet on plan to feed starving Florida manateesVia Craig Pittman of Florida Phoenix

House panel seeks to close evidence of forgery ‘loophole’”Via AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

COVID-19 kills South Florida cops eight times more often than gunshots in past two yearsVia Charles Rabin of the Miami Herald

Welcome to Florida. The COVID-19 rules are different here.Via Lois K. Solomon of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Universal: How Spider-Man Became Islands of AdventureVia Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel

Quote of the day

“We want to have a rapid response capability and the reestablishment of the Florida State Guard will allow civilians across the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and to have the ability to mobilize. very, very quickly. ” – Govt. Ron DeSantis, announcing his intention to resuscitate Florida State Guard.

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