September 17, 2021

News Service of Florida

Floridians keep dumping telephone landlines, survey finds

Floridians continue to disconnect telephone landlines and go wireless, with the COVID-19 pandemic giving an extra push to the shift. While some rural areas lag in technology, more wireless devices... Read more »
Published on 8/3/2021

Proposal Calls for $25 Million for Parkland Victims, Families

Florida lawmakers next year are expected to consider a proposal that would clear the way for the Broward County School Board to pay $25 million in compensation in the 2018... Read more »
Published on 8/2/2021

Fried: Agriculture Department will release daily COVID numbers

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried plans to have her department release daily reports on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations because the Florida Department of Health - under her political foe, Gov.... Read more »
Published on 8/2/2021

State, cruise line fight over site of 'passport' challenge

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and the state are battling about which court should hear a challenge to the state’s ban on so-called “vaccine passports,” with the cruise operator fighting an... Read more »
Published on 8/2/2021

Florida weekly unemployment claims top 9,000

Florida has seen slightly higher first-time unemployment claims during the past two weeks, but the numbers remain well below levels earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor... Read more »
Published on 7/29/2021

Utilities get backing on natural gas costs

Tampa Electric Co. and Duke Energy Florida should be able to raise customer bills in September to cover higher-than-expected natural gas costs, according to recommendations by staff members of the... Read more »
Published on 7/29/2021

DeSantis moves to cut tolls on controversial bridge

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants court-ordered toll rates to be cut nearly 50 percent on Northwest Florida’s controversial Garcon Point Bridge, which he would like the state to acquire. Appearing with... Read more »
Published on 7/28/2021

Florida university leaders urge students to get vaccinated

The presidents of Florida’s 12 state universities are asking students returning to campus for the fall semester to get vaccinated against COVID-19. An open letter to students published Tuesday by... Read more »
Published on 7/28/2021

Tax ‘Holiday' Teed Up as Students Return to Classrooms

With most students expected to be in classrooms next month, after many learned online for at least part of the 2020-2021 school year, retailers anticipate a surge in shopping during... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2021

Some Florida health care workers face vaccine requirements

As coronavirus infections spike because of the delta variant, workers at one major hospital, some doctors’ offices and veterans’ health-care facilities across Florida will face COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Health care... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2021

Trade Rebounding at Ports after Pandemic Plunge

Waterborne trade fell $14.1 billion at Florida seaports last year as the COVID-19 pandemic initially slowed consumer and business demand and caused supply chain problems, according to an industry report... Read more »
Published on 7/27/2021

Opioid Settlement Will Bring Up To $1.6 Billion To Florida

Florida is slated to receive as much as $1.6 billion in multistate legal settlements with three pharmaceutical distributors and one drug manufacturer stemming from the opioid epidemic, Florida Attorney General... Read more »
Published on 7/26/2021

Lawsuit challenges unemployment money halt

Broward County residents struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic have filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to cut off federal unemployment money for Floridians.... Read more »
Published on 7/26/2021

Gas prices dip below $3 as demand holds steady

Average Florida gasoline prices are back below $3 a gallon but are still up 91 cents from a year ago. The average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded gas... Read more »
Published on 7/26/2021

Appeals Court Reverses Course on Cruise Restrictions

An appeals court on Friday reversed itself and at least temporarily blocked federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrictions on the cruise-ship industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel... Read more »
Published on 7/25/2021

Numbers Show Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Deaths

The numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Florida continue to increase, with an additional 67,413 infections and 358 deaths reported between July 16 and Thursday, according to data published... Read more »
Published on 7/25/2021

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

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