Florida Senate - 2011 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS for CS for CS for SB 408
Senate . House
Floor: WD/2R .
04/27/2011 11:25 AM .
Senator Fasano moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment
3 Delete lines 2990 - 3025
4 and insert:
(c) “Sinkhole loss” means structural damage to the
6 covered building, including the foundation, caused by sinkhole
7 activity. Contents coverage and additional living expenses shall
8 apply only if there is structural damage to the covered building
9 caused by sinkhole activity. Cosmetic damage consisting of
10 hairline to one-sixteenth-inch cracks to nonstructural building
11 components is not covered unless accompanied by structural
13 (g) (d) “Sinkhole activity” means settlement or systematic
14 weakening of the earth supporting such property only if the when
15 such settlement or systematic weakening results from
16 contemporary movement or raveling of soils, sediments, or rock
17 materials into subterranean voids created by the effect of water
18 on a limestone or similar rock formation.
19 (d) (e) “Professional engineer” means a person, as defined
20 in s. 471.005, who has a bachelor’s degree or higher in
21 engineering and has successfully completed at least five courses
22 in any combination of the following: geotechnical engineering,
23 structural engineering, soil mechanics, foundations, or geology
24 with a specialty in the geotechnical engineering field. A
25 professional engineer must also have geotechnical experience and
26 expertise in the identification of sinkhole activity as well as
27 other potential causes of structural damage to the structure.
28 (e) (f) “Professional geologist” means a person, as defined
29 in by s. 492.102, who has a bachelor’s degree or higher in
30 geology or related earth science and with expertise in the
31 geology of Florida. A professional geologist must have
32 geological experience and expertise in the identification of
33 sinkhole activity as well as other potential geologic causes of
34 structural damage to the structure.
35 (i) “Structural damage” means settlement damage to one or
36 more primary structural components or structural systems of a
37 covered structure.