August 9, 2022

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Florida jobless claims averaging below 5,000

Florida is averaging just under 5,000 first-time unemployment claims a week over the past month, which is below the average from the period before the COVID-19 pandemic crashed the economy.... Read more »
Published on 5/19/2022

State takes aim at redistricting ruling

The state asked an appeals court Wednesday to reinstate a stay on a circuit judge’s ruling that blocked a congressional redistricting plan pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Ron DeSantis.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

February trial scheduled in education fight

A federal judge has scheduled a February trial in a legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida schools. U.S.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

Property insurers are seeking hefty rate hikes in Florida

Roof-damage claims. Lawsuits. Reinsurance costs. For tens of thousands of homeowners, those issues could add up to large property-insurance rate increases if state regulators sign off on proposals presented Tuesday.... Read more »
Published on 5/18/2022

FPL Transmission Line Gets Approval

Florida Power & Light got approval Monday from state utility regulators to develop a 79-mile transmission line northwest of Lake Okeechobee. In a brief meeting, the Public Service Commission approved... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Ruling eyed in 'big tech' fight

As a battle continues about the constitutionality of a Florida law that seeks to crack down on social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, a federal appeals court has allowed... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Florida sees record tourism in first quarter

Florida attracted a record number of tourists during the first three months of 2022, surpassing totals from similar quarters before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the hospitality and leisure industry. Visit... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2022

Fast track sought in redistricting fight

Pointing to “urgency” as the 2022 elections near, attorneys for voting-rights groups requested Friday that a battle over a new congressional redistricting plan be put on a fast track to... Read more »
Published on 5/15/2022

Jobless claims low, but gas prices hit high

Florida continues to see unemployment claims roll in at a pre-pandemic pace as new data showed aspects of inflation possibly slowing. But that trend has not been reflected at gas... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2022

Florida citrus forecast gets boost in down year

The troubled Florida citrus industry received a little sunshine Thursday, but the amount of fruit produced this growing season remains far below average and expectations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2022

DeSantis signs law requiring Florida school lessons on victims of communism

Calling it a “blockbuster day for freedom,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public-school students to observe “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7 each... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Initiative Supporters Say Signature Law Unconstitutional

Groups seeking to place proposed constitutional amendments on the 2024 ballot are urging a federal judge to reject the state's arguments defending a law that prevents paying petition gatherers based... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Long legal fight lies ahead over the Florida law dubbed ‘don't say gay'

A legal battle over a new state law that restricts teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms could continue well into the upcoming school year. The law,... Read more »
Published on 5/11/2022

Florida fires back in redistricting lawsuit

Attorneys for Secretary of State Laurel Lee fired back Monday at an attempt to block a new congressional redistricting plan, saying plaintiffs in a lawsuit want to “revert to some... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2022

A dozen companies and individuals apply for black farmer medical marijuana license

A dozen companies and individuals have applied for a potentially lucrative medical-marijuana license that state lawmakers targeted to Black farmers. After voters approved a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2022

Space launches soar in Florida

Space Coast residents had a chance to wake up Thursday to the 18th orbital launch of the year from Cape Canaveral, as a SpaceX Falcon 9 topped with 53 Starlink... Read more »
Published on 5/6/2022

Jobless claims remain low amid DeSantis warnings

Unemployment claims in Florida continue to roll in at a pre-pandemic pace and tax collections are up, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is maintaining a drumbeat that federal economic policies might... Read more »
Published on 5/5/2022

Florida prepares to resume manatee rescue efforts this winter

After providing more than 200,000 pounds of lettuce to starving manatees because of depleted seagrass beds in state waters, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Eric Sutton said... Read more »
Published on 5/4/2022

Sen. Manny Diaz appointed as Florida education commissioner

Following through on a recommendation from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education on Friday appointed Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. as Florida’s next education commissioner. Diaz, a Hialeah Republican,... Read more »
Published on 5/4/2022

State expands alligator hunting hours

Alligators in Florida will be targeted around-the-clock when the next hunting season begins in August. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a final rule change Tuesday that will... Read more »
Published on 5/4/2022

Abortion draft ruling ratchets up Florida debate

A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision ignited a sense of urgency Tuesday among Florida Democrats while drawing praise from... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2022

Northeast Florida to Get Additional Area Code

State regulators Tuesday approved creation of an additional area code in Northeast Florida, as cell phones and other devices continue to gobble up existing numbers. The Florida Public Service Commission... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2022

Ratings agency says insurance action 'essential' to stabilize market in Florida

The financial-rating agency AM Best said Monday that further “action is essential” to stabilize Florida’s property-insurance market, as lawmakers prepare to grapple with the issue during a special legislative session... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2022

State signs off on disputed FPL permit

The state Department of Environmental Protection has renewed a permit for a canal system at a Florida Power & Light plant in Miami-Dade County, after a long-running legal battle about... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2022

Florida TaxWatch's budget ‘turkey' list totals $281 million

Florida TaxWatch on Thursday released a list of 166 “turkeys” in a newly passed state budget but suggested that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office should give extra scrutiny to all 1,221... Read more »
Published on 4/29/2022

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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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