July 25, 2021

News Service of Florida

Doctors Blast DeSantis Over COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn national attention for bucking federal health-care officials over the handling of the novel coronavirus, but a group of Florida physicians said Thursday the governor’s push... Read more »
Published on 7/23/2021

Florida unemployment rate continues upward climb

Florida’s unemployment rate again ticked upward as employers scramble to fill openings amid a surge in spending as people emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity... Read more »
Published on 7/22/2021

Florida part of major opioid settlements

Florida is slated to receive as much as $1.6 billion in multi-state legal settlements with three pharmaceutical distributors and one drug manufacturer stemming from the opioid epidemic, Florida Attorney General... Read more »
Published on 7/22/2021

DeSantis dismisses calls for a red tide state of emergency

Gov. Ron DeSantis toured the Tampa Bay region by boat Wednesday and pledged continued support for ongoing efforts to combat a red tide algae bloom killing marine life and impacting... Read more »
Published on 7/21/2021

Charter school decisions reversed after state pressure

The Hillsborough County School Board is reversing course on a decision to not renew contracts for four charter schools after pressure from the state's top education officials. The school board... Read more »
Published on 7/21/2021

Canada border changes could help Florida tourism

State economists expressed optimism Tuesday that already-rebounding tourism numbers will see a quicker-than-anticipated boost from international travelers as Canada eases COVID-19 border restrictions. While decisions remain from the White House... Read more »
Published on 7/20/2021

Duke Energy, hedge fund continue battle

 Duke Energy and a hedge fund continued a public battle Monday about the financial performance of the utility, including the operations of Duke Energy Florida. The West Palm Beach-based Elliott... Read more »
Published on 7/20/2021

State gives assurances on addressing red tide

Department of Environmental Protection Interim Secretary Shawn Hamilton plans to be in the Tampa Bay region Tuesday to address a red-tide outbreak that is being tied to massive sea-life deaths.... Read more »
Published on 7/19/2021

Florida still leads nation in new Obamacare enrollment

Florida continues to lead the nation in the number of new people enrolling in Obamacare health plans during a special enrollment period that began earlier this year, according to data... Read more »
Published on 7/19/2021

Approval of hospice programs draws numerous challenges

Legal wrangling has begun over Florida's decision late last month to approve hospice programs in seven counties across the state. Thirty-four petitions have been filed in state administrative court by... Read more »
Published on 7/19/2021

COVID-19 cases spike in Florida

Florida saw a significant jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the past week, a surge noted by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read more »
Published on 7/18/2021

Citizens braces for influx of policies

Florida’s insurer of last resort is bracing for changes in the commercial market regarding high-rise towers following the deadly condominium building collapse last month in Surfside. Citizens Property Insurance Corp.... Read more »
Published on 7/14/2021

Florida State University names new dean of College of Nursing

Florida State University has tapped Jing Wang to be the next dean of the university’s College of Nursing, billing Wang as a “national leader in digital health” for her experience... Read more »
Published on 7/14/2021

Judge blocks Florida property insurance law

A federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing a key part of a new property-insurance law designed to combat fraud that prohibits roofing contractors advertising to potential customers. Chief... Read more »
Published on 7/14/2021

State to pay $17.5 million for improper reporting of SNAP benefits

Florida has agreed to pay $17.5 million to resolve allegations that go back a decade regarding improper claims involving the state’s administration of food stamps. The U.S. Department of Justice... Read more »
Published on 7/14/2021

Florida citrus season ends on sour note

Florida’s beleaguered citrus growers ended the 2020-2021 growing season Monday with a yield below what had already been expected to be one of the lowest in decades. The U.S. Department... Read more »
Published on 7/13/2021

Key West commissioners revisit cruise ship restrictions

Key West commissioners on Monday directed their attorney to draft ordinances limiting local cruise ship operations, mirroring city voter-approved measures recently overturned by state lawmakers. During a special meeting Monday... Read more »
Published on 7/13/2021

Florida to seek $945 million from Feds to boost Medicaid

Florida plans on tapping into $945 million in additional federal health-care dollars made available by President Joe Biden’s administration to enhance access to home- and community-based health-care services for poor, disabled and... Read more »
Published on 7/13/2021

DraftKings, FanDuel place $10M bets in backing Florida ballot initiative on gambling

Two major online platforms have dropped $20 million into an effort to legalize sports betting in Florida and direct the state’s proceeds from the popular activity to education. DraftKings and... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

House leader: Legislature may examine building codes

As the investigation continues into the deadly condominium collapse in Surfside, a top Republican Florida House leader said Monday that lawmakers don’t need to make immediate changes to state building... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

Florida Cabinet officers Moody, Patronis cite financial gains. Fried hasn't filed yet.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, whose family-owned landmark restaurant in Panama City Beach has recently  weathered a major storm and a pandemic, reported his net worth grew 2.8 percent in... Read more »
Published on 7/12/2021

Florida unemployment claims continue to drop

Newly filed unemployment claims continue to slow in Florida, with the state recording its lowest weekly total since the COVID-19 pandemic crashed into the economy in March 2020. The U.S.... Read more »
Published on 7/8/2021

NRA appeals ruling on gun sales to people under 21

The National Rifle Association on Wednesday went to a federal appeals court after a judge last month upheld a Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns.... Read more »
Published on 7/7/2021

State revenues beat expectations in May

Florida’s monthly revenues continue to top expectations, aided recently by an increase in tourism-industry tax collections, a new report from state economists shows. The Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic... Read more »
Published on 7/7/2021

Cable group seeks to weigh in on FPL rates

In a somewhat-unusual move, a cable-television industry group is seeking to intervene in a case about whether Florida Power & Light should be able to raise base electric rates over... Read more »
Published on 7/6/2021

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