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Florida Had Record High Number of Tourists in First Half of 2019

August 15, 2019 - 2:45pm
Ron DeSantis

In the first six months of 2019, Florida has seen record tourism numbers according to new figures from Visit Florida and the governor’s office. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that almost 69 million tourists visited the Sunshine State during the first half of the year, beating the record high figure from last year by 5.6 percent. Most of those tourists--61.2 million--are Americans while 2.4 million came from Canada and 5.2 million from overseas. 

DeSanits noted how the state’s economy continues to rely on tourism.  

Biscayne Bay Is Gasping for Life, Claims Grand Jury Report

August 12, 2019 - 8:00am
Biscayne Bay, Miami

Biscayne Bay, known in Miami-Dade as "the crown jewel of our environment," is "at a tipping point" and gasping for life, according to a 33-page grand jury report released last week. “Without corrective action, the declining quality of this body of water may become irreversible.”

The grand jury, convened by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, began its work last November.

Jewish Leaders Decry 'Never Again' Anti-ICE Event as 'Utterly Contrary to Jewish Values'

August 10, 2019 - 7:00am
S. Florida Jewish community plans Monday march on GEO

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing more than 1,000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, on Friday condemned the planned “Never Again Action Noise Rally” intended to disrupt operations at private prison contractor GEO in Boca Raton Monday. GEO is a federal contractor that helps process undocumented immigrants entering the United States. 

Ron DeSantis: Farmers Hit by Hurricane Michael Have Gotten $13 Million in Bridge Loans

August 6, 2019 - 7:15am
Ron DeSantis

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state government has awarded almost  $13 million on Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan for agricultural producers in North Florida hit by Hurricane Michael back in October.  

DeSantis announced more than 70 applications have been approved from farmers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington Counties.

DeSantis Names 11 to His Red Tide Task Force

August 3, 2019 - 7:15am
DeSantis introduces his Red Tide panel Friday

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced the appointments of 11 "expert researchers and leading scientists" to the recently re-organized Red Tide Task Force.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Turnpike Service Plazas

July 25, 2019 - 9:00am
An electric vehicle charging station

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday his administration is ready to embrace Florida's transportation future and will add new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to Florida's Turnpike service plazas statewide. 

Joined by Florida Department of Transportation Kevin J. Thibault at Florida’s Turnpike headquarters at Turkey Lake Plaza, DeSantis explained the state will add seven new EV charging stations from Miami to Daytona Beach along the busy north-to-south-running turnpike corridor. He spoke with reporters about how the new EV stations will benefit residents and visitors.

24 Small and Rural Florida Communities to Share $16.2 Million for Infrastructure

July 23, 2019 - 11:15am

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday $16.2 million in awards for 24 small and rural communities across the state through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), helps communities fund infrastructure improvements and housing rehabilitation.

The Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and DEO.

John Morgan Launches Citizens' Initiative to Raise Florida's Minimum Wage

July 23, 2019 - 6:00am
John Morgan

Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan announced Monday in Miami the formal launch of Florida for a Fair Wage, a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Florida via a 2020 citizens-initiated ballot initiative. 

Supercharged Waters from North of Lake 'O' Devastating to Florida's Coral Reefs

July 19, 2019 - 9:00am
Key West's coral die-off

The evidence is undeniable: Some 97 percent of the water coming into Lake Okeechobee from the north -- particularly from the Kissimmee area -- show the lake's contaminated water originates on the highly developed northwest side of the Everglades' headwaters. And this has been devastating to so much of  Florida life, particularly to our too-lightly regarded coral reefs.

Labor Department Sending $7.5 Million to Help Prisoner-Reentry Projects in Florida

July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist

The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week it will be send $7.5 million in Reentry Project grants to the Sunshine State. 

The grants will go to programs helping former criminals who have been imprisoned and are now reentering society and the workforce, including grants for former prisoners between the ages of 18-24 who have not graduated from high school. 

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