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From monthly archives: July 2011

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Are you watching the Tropics?

Florida's coastline may be threatened by a disturbance in the Caribbean.  Stay connected to your local station for updates on what may become Tropical Storm Emily.  

Take this time of calm to think about your hurricane preparedness.  

You should store 3 gallons of water per family member for at least three days.  Look for sales on canned goods.  Stock up on batteries, flashlights, etc.

It is important to make your plans now, without the stress of an impending storm.

You can count on Florida Peninsula Insurance Company to maintain your stress at the lowest possible level.  We are a proven insurance company in the events of a catastrophe with reinsurance to cover a 1 in 100 year storm and $60M in surplus to cover the unthinkable.  Let the coverage of your house be one thing you don't worry about with a policy from Florida Peninsula.


Florida Officials Suspect Fraud in Rash of Kitchen Fires

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company's Special Investigation Unit has been at the forefront of investigating fraud and cooperating with the local and State authorities to reduce the amount of fraud which causes severe consequences throughout the insurance industry.  Our cooperation directly resulted in the arrest of Cristian Rodriguez in 2009.  Details are in the article below, posted in the Insurance Journal on July 29, 2011 written by Michael Adams.   Florida officials are investigating a spate of kitchen fires that have some wondering if they may have been started on purpose to receive money from insurance companies. State officials say what used to be a minor problem is now growing into a sophisticated fraud racket. The numbers tell the story. South Florida registered roughly half of the state’s total home arson cases investigated by the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud in fiscal year 2010 through 2011. The number of claims linked to questionable home fires rose from 31 percent to 74 percent. The m ...

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Tropical Storm Don forms in the Gulf

Yesterday, July 27th, NOAA named Tropical storm Don as the 4th Tropical Storm of the 2011 Hurricane Season.  TS Don is located at 24.0 N and 89.8 W moving WNW at 10 MPH with sustained winds of 40 MPH. Although TS Don is not headed for the coastline of the State of Florida, it is a good reminder to prepare your family for the event of a storm coming in our direction.  Peak season is quickly approaching do not be caught off guard. Below are some items you may want to pick up while you are shopping this weekend: Manual can and bottle openers. Folding stove, oven mitts.  A battery-operated radio and/or television along with extra batteries. Battery-operated lanterns and enough flashlights for each member of the family, plus extra batteries and bulbs. Duct tape. Lightweight fire extinguishers. Wrench to turn off household gas and water. Keep it near the shut-off valves. Chain saw, gassed up, oiled and ready. Generator Also, keep your insurance policy safe by placing it in a waterproof envelope, s ...

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FAIA chair-elect Laurie talks about insurance

MANATEE -- John C. Laurie, vice-president and agency manager of BB&T Insurance Services in Bradenton, has been elected the Florida Association of Insurance Agents’ 2011–2012 chairman-elect. He will become chairman of the board in September 2012. The nonprofit agency is a state trade association of insurance agencies affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc., and 18 local boards throughout Florida. “John’s expertise in both accounting and insurance is immediately apparent in the outstanding financial and risk management solutions he provides his community,” said agency President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Grady. “He has been and continues to be a valued member of the insurance association, serving his fellow agents at both the local and state levels.” Laurie, who spent the first 10 years of his career as a certified public accountant, has served on numerous FAIA committees and task forces. We talked to Laurie about his upcoming term as chair-elect and his v ...

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Florida Peninsula Insurance Company participates in the LAAIA convention

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company attended the 47th Annual convention of the Latin American Association of Insurance Agents this past July 15th.  We were joined by over 500 agents and company representatives as they installed the 2011 Board of Directors.

We congratulate them on their dedication.

Christian Monnar
Tony Martely
President Elect
Alexander Dopazo
Vice President
Javier Naranjo
Jorge Pena, PIAM
Luis de Gongora, CPIA
Immedate Past President
Amy Castro, PIAM
Alina Larraz, CPCU, AAI, CRIS
Al Mendez, PIAM
Pablo J. Ojeda, PIAM
Marionell Restrepo
Sebastian Rejon, CRIS
Dulce Suarez-Resnick, CPIA, AIS, CPIW
Board of Counselors Representative
Mayra Aguinaga-Salvo
Industry Liaison
Soraya C. Regalado, ACSR, CPIA
Association Executive Manager

The association is a great resource for agents.  Visit their website at  They also have a Broward Chapter, which can be visited at

Fire It Up Safely

A guide to safe summer grilling

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Portable Pools Prove Perilous

Warning and tips for backyard pool safety

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Useful FPL Tips for This Year's Storm Season

Some helpful hurricane season advice to consider from Florida Power and Light (FPL).

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Young Storm Troopers

Tips for helping your children prepare for a storm

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