Insurance watchdog group forms new company to certify home improvement providers (Sun Sentinel)

An influential insurance industry watchdog has announced a new mission: promoting and keeping tabs on the growing market for certain energy-efficiency improvements. Principals of the nonprofit Florida Association for Insurance Reform have formed a separate company to build consumer confidence in the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, a unique strategy for financing energy-efficiency and storm-hardening…

FAIR Foundation hosts Climate Resilience Workshop

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The FAIR Foundation is hosting a Climate Resilience workshop on Tuesday July 26, 9:30am – 3:15pm at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie. The INVITATION-ONLY workshop is hosted by Representative Holly Raschein and includes participation by the Southeast Florida Regional Compact for Climate Change and its members (representing Monroe, Miami-Dade,…

FAIR supports FHA’s PACE* guidance that builds community resilience

Fort Lauderdale, FL – As an organization that advocates strongly for mitigation and energy savings programs, the Florida Association for Insurance Reform (FAIR) welcomes the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) announcement of guidance for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. The broad-reaching initiative opens the door for millions of homeowners in Florida and countrywide to finance…

Consumer input proposed for Insurance Commissioner replacement process

Fort Lauderdale, FL. January 20, 2016: Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty’s resignation presents an opportunity for Floridians to weigh in on the replacement process for this critical position. Since the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) was created in 2003, McCarty has served as its only appointed Insurance Commissioner. Commissioner McCarty was honored last…

Citizens seeks rate hike over water claims (News Services Florida)

State-backed Citizens Property Insurance is looking to boost premiums an average of 6.8 percent statewide as water-damage claims, particularly in South Florida, continue to surge. The recommendation will go before Citizens’ Actuarial and Underwriting Committee on Tuesday and is scheduled to go before the insurer’s Board of Governors on Wednesday. It follows a more-modest 1.8…