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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.

DeSantis: Florida's Economy Is Still Strong, Growing and Diversifying

September 20, 2019 - 3:15pm
Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday Florida’s economy continues to grow -- adding 213,000 private-sector jobs over the year in August, while maintaining a low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent. 

These positive economic indicators show that Florida’s low taxes and reasonable regulations continue to fuel job creation, the governor said. The news comes on the heels of the announcement earlier this week of strategic steps being taken to prepare Florida’s business environment and workforce for enhanced economic growth in expanding industries such as financial technology.

Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre Dies at Age 84

September 19, 2019 - 2:30pm
Maurice Ferre

After a battle with spinal cancer, former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, the first Hispanic to serve in that post, died at age 84.

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend, former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez posted on Twitter. “He was a man of elegance, class, and grace who has inspired me to carry on his legacy of elevating Miami as a diverse world-class city. He will be greatly missed.”

Donald Trump Holds Narrow Lead Over Democrats in New Poll of Florida

September 18, 2019 - 2:00pm

A new poll shows President Donald Trump with a narrow lead in the Sunshine State. Trump won Florida in 2016 and it’s a must-win state for his reelection prospects. 

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) released a poll on Wednesday looking at the president’s standing in the state. 

Trump has the approval of 49 percent of Florida voters while 46 percent of those surveyed disapprove of him. 

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