August 9, 2022

News Service of Florida

Funding debate remains in Bright Futures bill

A Senate panel on Tuesday scaled back a bill that would have reduced Bright Futures scholarships for students pursuing certain degrees, but opponents are now focusing criticism on whether the... Read more »
Published on 3/24/2021

Florida Senate eyes charter school proposal

A proposal that would allow state colleges and universities to authorize the creation of charter schools and sponsor the schools is advancing in the Florida Senate. The proposal would allow... Read more »
Published on 3/24/2021

Florida may give governor $1 billion emergency fund

A new pool of money for emergencies, separate from the state’s traditional “rainy day” funds, would be created in the governor’s office under a pandemic relief measure approved Tuesday by... Read more »
Published on 3/24/2021

Florida rescinds nursing home visitation orders

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has swept away four emergency orders dealing with visitors to nursing homes, just days before the Legislature is poised to pass a bill that would help... Read more »
Published on 3/23/2021

DeSantis proposes federal money for workforce education efforts

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers to approve creating two workforce education programs by using $75 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. Speaking at a news conference Monday in Melbourne,... Read more »
Published on 3/23/2021

Florida business groups eye rules for next crisis

Lobbying groups for small businesses, restaurants, hotels and retailers expressed a need to senators Monday for statewide rules for the next health crisis, with a focus on mask mandates. Officials... Read more »
Published on 3/22/2021

Deal reached on COVID-19 liability protections

Legislative leaders announced Thursday they have an agreement on COVID-19 liability protections for businesses, nursing homes and other health care providers and that a bill should be headed to Gov.... Read more »
Published on 3/22/2021

Doctors push back on marijuana potency arguments

Florida doctors on Thursday pushed back against allegations that the state’s medical marijuana program is being used by people seeking to get high for fun. The physicians spoke out after... Read more »
Published on 3/22/2021

Florida's online tax plan moving forward amid stimulus

A windfall of federal stimulus money won't slow a deal between state House and Senate leaders that includes requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by... Read more »
Published on 3/22/2021

First-time unemployment claims fall again in Florida

Florida continues to see a slowing of first-time unemployment claims, with applications last week the lowest since the coronavirus pandemic started a year ago. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated... Read more »
Published on 3/11/2021

State could end clemency waiting periods

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing sweeping changes to the state’s clemency process by doing away with a minimum five-year wait before felons can seek to have their civil rights, including... Read more »
Published on 3/10/2021

Judge tosses out lawsuit against the state, Deloitte over flawed unemployment website

A Leon circuit court judge has dismissed a potential class-action lawsuit against the state and Deloitte Consulting stemming from the meltdown of Florida’s online unemployment compensation system during the COVID-19... Read more »
Published on 3/9/2021

Florida Senate to take up online sales tax plan

A proposal that would require many out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians will be one of the first bills taken up by the state... Read more »
Published on 3/9/2021

Nearly 62,000 in Florida sign up for ACA coverage in first two weeks

Nearly 62,000 people in Florida enrolled in Affordable Health Care plans during the first two weeks of a special enrollment period, according to information released Wednesday by the federal Centers... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida inspector general report injected into lawsuit over unemployment system

Plaintiffs in a potential class-action lawsuit about Florida’s troubled unemployment-compensation system are trying to use a new report by the state’s chief inspector general to bolster their case. Hours after... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida state tax revenues slow a bit in January but continue trend of beating forecast

 Florida tax revenues slowed somewhat in January from the final months of 2020 but continued a trend of beating a forecast issued as the state phased out COVID-19 lockdown efforts... Read more »
Published on 3/8/2021

Florida business groups wade into wetlands permitting fight

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and a major developers’ group are seeking to intervene in a high-stakes lawsuit over a move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

Florida jobless claims below 16,000 last week

Marking a pandemic low, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated 15,903 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida. The estimate for the week that ended Feb. 27 was... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

‘Our tourism is still handicapped,' Gov. Ron DeSantis believes feds should let cruising resume

Gov. Ron DeSantis believes Florida’s economic recovery from COVID-19 could be better if the federal government would let cruise ship passengers decide if they want to take their chances on... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

Florida might limit local government control over new home designs

With the sponsor saying the proposal would help hold down housing costs, a House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would reduce the authority of local governments to place design... Read more »
Published on 3/4/2021

DeSantis order allows vaccines for ‘vulnerable' Floridians

After focusing almost exclusively since December on vaccinating seniors, Gov. Ron DeSantis has cleared the way for more people under age 65 to receive shots if they are “extremely vulnerable”... Read more »
Published on 3/1/2021

Floridians could get tax break to elevate homes under new proposals

Floridians would be asked to approve a tax break for people who elevate their homes to avoid the threat of flooding, while up to $100 million a year would be... Read more »
Published on 2/28/2021

Florida continues trend of weekly jobless claims at lowest point since start of pandemic

Continuing a trend, Florida last week posted its lowest total of first-time unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic exploded nearly a year ago. An estimated 16,100 new unemployment applications were... Read more »
Published on 2/25/2021

Florida expands vaccinations to teachers, cops

Marking a significant change in Florida’s vaccination strategy, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said teachers and law enforcement officers ages 50 and older will have access to COVID-19 vaccine doses... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2021

Ten big issues to watch during the 2021 session

The 2021 legislative session will start March 2, with Gov. Ron DeSantis giving the annual State of the State address. Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues during... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2021

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Ybor City restaurant set to close after 93 years
Ybor City restaurant set to close after 93 years

After 93 years, Tony's Ybor Restaurant will be closing early next month. Larry Scaglione says his grandfather started the restaurant off 22nd Street in 1929.

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