December 8, 2021

News Service of Florida

Tourist visits in Florida plunge by 32% but show improvement from spring

The state’s tourism industry saw a nearly 32% drop in visitors during the third quarter compared with the same period last year, according to numbers released Thursday by Visit Florida.... Read more »
Published on 11/20/2020

Waiting game continues for Florida ports

Long-sought federal assistance for the state’s seaports might have to wait until next year as Congress remains unable to reach a deal on COVID-19  aid, a top lobbyist for the... Read more »
Published on 11/19/2020

Florida legislators could limit Covid suits, but split on workers comp changes

 Legislative leaders on Tuesday showed support for limits on lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, but they could have a difference of opinion about whether to move ahead with changes... Read more »
Published on 11/18/2020

DeSantis, cabinet to meet in December

After rarely meeting in 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet are slated to hold an end-of-the-year meeting in December. DeSantis and the Cabinet --- Attorney General Ashley Moody,... Read more »
Published on 11/17/2020

AARP report points to COVID-19 improvements in Florida nursing homes

Florida has made improvements in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, according to an AARP report released Thursday. In the four weeks ending Oct. 18, Florida nursing homes... Read more »
Published on 11/16/2020

Judge gives more time in unemployment case

Rejecting arguments by the state and Deloitte Consulting LLP, a circuit judge has given more time to plaintiffs to file a revised class-action lawsuit stemming from problems in Florida’s unemployment-compensation... Read more »
Published on 11/15/2020

Sun sets on Sunshine State elections

What felt like a never-ending campaign season continues to linger, more than a week after Election Day and after President-elect Joe Biden nailed down the requisite number of electoral votes... Read more »
Published on 11/15/2020

Court to hear antitrust fight between health insurers

A federal appeals court next week will wade into a battle about whether Florida Blue, the state's largest health insurer, violated antitrust laws by preventing agents from selling policies for a rival insurance company. Read more »
Published on 11/9/2020

Workers' comp rates could dip 6.6 percent

Florida employers could see an average 6.6 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2021. The National Council on Compensation Insurance, which makes rate filings for the industry, proposed... Read more »
Published on 11/5/2020

Massive layoffs at Florida Disney properties announced

More than 11,400 workers at Walt Disney properties across Central Florida will be laid off on New Years’ Eve, as tourism remains sluggish from the coronavirus pandemic. “Due to the... Read more »
Published on 11/4/2020

State colleges see enrollment drop during pandemic

Reversing historical trends during economic downturns, state college enrollment has dropped dramatically as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague Florida. Student enrollment is down between 5 and 10% at most of... Read more »
Published on 11/4/2020

Major citrus grower adds to holdings

The major citrus firm Alico, Inc. said Monday it has bought another 3,280 acres of citrus land in Hendry County for $16.45 million. John Kiernan, president and CEO of the... Read more »
Published on 11/3/2020

Florida unemployment payments top $18 billion

Florida has topped $18 billion paid out in its unemployment system since the COVID-19 pandemic began causing major economic damage in March. From March 15 to Sunday, the system had... Read more »
Published on 11/3/2020

Appeals court upholds ruling on law determining how candidates are listed on ballots

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a ruling that upheld a decades-old Florida law that determines how candidates are listed on election ballots, nailing down a win for... Read more »
Published on 10/29/2020

Visit Florida reaches out to Canada, England seeking tourists

Florida’s tourism-marketing agency has started to reach out to Canada and England while continuing to focus initial marketing efforts on Floridians and East Coast residents as the travel industry tries... Read more »
Published on 10/29/2020

Florida's September tax revenues offer a mixed picture

Florida had a second consecutive month of better-than-expected revenue numbers in September, but tax collections continue to reflect the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. State economists released a... Read more »
Published on 10/28/2020

Court asked to reconsider Florida school reopening fight

The Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs asked an appeals court Monday to reconsider a decision that backed Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in a battle about... Read more »
Published on 10/28/2020

Health Department seeks budget increase to rebuild infrastructure

As Florida battles the coronavirus pandemic, the effort has exposed an inconvenient truth that the state’s public health infrastructure has been whittled down by the Legislature, especially in the aftermath... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2020

Kennel Club plans layoffs as dog racing ends

The St. Petersburg Kennel Club, which operates as Derby Lane, will begin laying off employees Dec. 27 after Florida voters in 2018 overwhelmingly approved a proposal to halt greyhound racing... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2020

Florida courts seek money to dig out of pandemic ‘hole'

Florida’s state court system needs more than $16 million to address increased workloads caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a budget request submitted last week to the Legislature. The... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2020

Florida part of antitrust suit against Google

Florida was one of 11 states that joined the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a major antitrust lawsuit Tuesday against internet search giant Google. The lawsuit, filed in U.S.... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2020

Tobacco payment fight goes to Florida supreme court

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a case about whether it is responsible for paying more than $100 million in a dispute stemming from... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

AMA: Florida Blue is fourth most dominant health insurer

Florida Blue dominates in 22 metropolitan statistical areas across Florida, according to an analysis by the American Medical Association, although Florida is not on the list of least-competitive markets for... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

Florida considering end of daily COVID-19 reports

Two Democratic state senators Friday called on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to continue reporting the numbers of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. DeSantis spokesman Fred Piccolo told Spectrum News... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

Regulators eye workers' comp rate cut

Florida insurance regulators Tuesday dug into the details of a proposal that calls for reducing workers’ compensation insurance rates next year by an average of 5.7 percent. The state Office... Read more »
Published on 10/14/2020

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Artificial reefs installed at John's Pass to promote healthy, clean waterways
Artificial reefs installed at John's Pass to promote healthy, clean waterways

Business owners and local groups banded together on Tuesday to promote cleaner waterways in the Tampa Bay area by installing artificial reefs around docks at John’s Pass.

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