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Florida’s fragile insurance market in many ways is deeply impacted by what happens twice a year inside a glass office building sheltered on a side road in northeast Tallahassee, far away from both the capitol and the state’s financial sectors.

Inside a gray-carpeted conference room in this building an obscure panel signs off on an important number: Just how much money could the state-created reinsurance fund known as the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (Cat Fund) borrow if the state got hit by a big hurricane, or just as bad, a series of smaller storms?

The sophisticated guesswork that goes into this is more than some academic exercise. This number is a reflection of the stability of the Cat Fund, itself an important backstop for insurers that operate in the state, including Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

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