The legislature deals with property insurance; DeSantis Targets Florida Attorney; the “cone of uncertainty”

Legislative leaders will begin soon a second special session to try to solve property insurance problems in Florida, which is a major concern for homeowners and policymakers.

The special session on property insurance issues is scheduled for December 12-16. The topic is once again in the foreground the devastation caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

New Florida House Speaker Paul Renner called the issue a priority and said he wants “systemic reform” that will prop up the private market and free policyholders from the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will steer away. But lawmakers will have a lot to clear up as Florida’s already chaotic property insurance market soared this year, leaving many homeowners looking for protection and worrying about skyrocketing costs.


DeSantis is targeting the Democratic Attorney

Secrecy, strategy and spin: A new report says they were all part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to suspend a Florida prosecutor who promised to protect abortion rights.

Records show that for months the Republican governor’s office had quietly targeted Hillsborough County prosecutor Andrew Warren, trying to build a case to take down an outspoken prosecutor who became one of Florida’s highest-profile elected Democrats . They decided that Warren’s abortion promise gave them the ammunition they needed.

However, reports show that the governor and his team failed to consider Warren’s reaction to his firing. He sued in federal court for the sake of the first amendment. In the complaint, Warren accused DeSantis of unconstitutionally punishing a critic and potential political rival for exercising his right to free speech.

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  • Jason Garciaan investigative reporter covering corporate influence and editor of Seeking Rents on Substack.
  • Dara Kamsenior writer for the Florida News Service who reported on the trial.

Is it time to break the “Cone of Uncertainty”?

Twenty years ago, the National Hurricane Center debuted what it called the “Cone of Uncertainty.” The graph shows the most likely path an approaching storm will take, but each year there is new debate about the cone and its interpretation.

With the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on the books — and with the cleanup continuing after the devastation of Hurricane Ian — is it time for a Cone update?

Researchers from the University of Miami surveyed Florida residents for their understanding of the cone and found that many respondents misinterpreted aspects of the graphic, such as the size of the storm, areas of likely damage, and clocks and warnings.

These researchers are working with the hurricane center to improve the cone and develop graphics that can better convey the potential effects of a storm.

Guest: Robert EicherAssistant Professor of Meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Freelance Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

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