Citizens sheds 60,000 policies to St. Petersburg company that supports Rick Scott's reelection

Florida's largest property insurer is shedding 60,000 policies -- many of them in South Florida -- under a questionable deal.

The board of Citizens Property Insurance voted 3-2 on Wednesday to transfer policies to a St. Petersburg company called Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance.

Heritage is less than a year old but it has already made large donations to the re-election campaign of Gov. Rick Scott. One lobbyist for Heritage is former Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher.

The unique deal calls for Citizens to pay roughly $52 million to Heritage.

Citizens officials defend the deal as a way to shrink the size of the state-created insurer.

But some Citizens board members publicly questioned how fast the deal was put together and why other companies weren't offered a similar deal.

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