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Spirit Airlines Will Locate Its $250 Million Global HQ in Dania Beach

October 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Rendering of new Spirit Airlines headquarters

Spirit Airlines, fastest-growing airline in America, announced Thursday its intention to build a state-of-the-art headquarters in Dania Beach. The company said it plans to move into the new campus by mid-2022.

The airline, headquartered in Miramar for more than 20 years, submitted site plans to the City of Dania Beach to build a campus up to 500,000 square feet at Dania Pointe, what it calls "a premier mixed-use development comprised of nearly one million square feet of retail space, restaurants and housing."

Waltz, Crenshaw, Murphy Urge Defense to Award Medal of Honor to Florida Sergeant

October 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe

U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. wrote a letter Thursday urging the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero and Florida son who grew up in Oviedo.

The bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy cited SFC Cashe’s extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice as the basis for Cashe’s Silver Star to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest award for military valor.

Albritton Wins Galvano's Appointment to the Southern States Energy Board; Mayfield Is an Alternate

October 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Ben Albritton and Debbie Mayfield

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, announced Friday the appointment of Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, as a Florida member of the Southern States Energy Board. Galvano appointed Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Environment, and General Government as an alternate Florida member.

On First Anniversary of Hurricane Michael, DeSantis Announces $28 Million for Northwest Florida

October 11, 2019 - 6:00am
Panama City still struggles to recover

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a $28 million investment for Northwest Florida on Thursday, one year after Hurricane Michael made landfall as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. The governor is awarding nearly $3 million to Panama City through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and requesting $25 million from the Florida Legislature to fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

USDA Expects Slight Rise in Florida Orange Production

October 11, 2019 - 6:00am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its crop forecast on Thursday and its outlook on oranges across the nation is “virtually unchanged” from last year, though Florida production is expected to rise slightly. 

DeSantis Lays out Major Occupational Licensing Reform

October 9, 2019 - 6:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Miami Tuesday to unveil his new occupational licensing reform agenda intended to increase professional opportunity for Floridians. The governor also highlighted the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) progress toward eliminating barriers to employment since the Governor’s “Deregathon” event in January.
 
Vatrice Clorie, Eva Locke and Pat Levenson, three individuals unnecessarily harmed by Florida’s occupational licensing requirements, joined the governor in making the announcement.

DeSantis Announces Big-Ticket Item: Plan to Boost Minimum Teacher Salary to $47,500

October 8, 2019 - 7:00am
DeSantis Monday at Middleburg High School in Clay County

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed Monday increasing the minimum salary to $47,500 for teachers across the state -- a move that would affect more than 101,000 Florida teachers. The measure will be included in the governor's 2020 budget proposal.

According to the National Education Association, Florida ranks 26th in the nation for starting teacher pay at $37,636. With this investment of more than $600 million, Florida will jump to No. 2 in the nation in starting teacher pay.

Florida Crystals Voluntarily Terminates Lease on Land the State Wants for EAA Reservoir Project

October 4, 2019 - 9:00am
2016 photo taken near South Bay, south of Lake O

Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Thursday the early termination of Florida Crystals' lease for the stormwater treatment area (STA) component of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project.

In a morning press statement, DeSantis' office said the Florida Crystals Corporation sent a letter Monday, Sept. 30, voluntarily terminating the sugar grower's lease on lands needed to expedite completion of the EAA Reservoir Project. 

Richard Corcoran about to Tour Florida, Wants the Public's Ideas to Replace Common Core

October 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Ron DeSantis and Richard Corcoran

This week, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced the latest stops in his Florida Standards Listening Tour, which will start in the coming days, giving the public another chance to weigh in on what should replace Common Core in the Sunshine State. 

When Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order at the start of the year to eliminate Common Core in Florida, he also called on Corcoran to review and revise the standard by January 2020. 

Florida Police to Crack Down on Drivers Using Handheld Cell Phones in School Zones

September 30, 2019 - 9:00am

Starting Tuesday, law enforcement officers across Florida will pull over drivers using handheld cellular phones while in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. 

From Tuesday through the start of the new year, officers across the Sunshine State will issue warnings but they will start issuing moving violations, with a base fine of $60, and drivers could also see fees, court costs and three points added to their driver licenses.

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