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Aug 25, 2023

DeSantis orders storm preparations

Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the state Division of Emergency Management to prepare for a storm that could affect Florida next week. “Residents should remain vigilant and prepare for possible impacts early next week,” DeSantis said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. The National Hurricane Center on Friday was tracking the weather disturbance over the […]

Aug 3, 2023

Skanska loses appeal in barge fight

A federal appeals court Wednesday rejected a construction company’s attempt to limit liability after barges broke loose and damaged the Pensacola Bay Bridge during Hurricane Sally in 2020

Jul 28, 2023

Special Operations Command staying put at Hurlburt Field

Northwest Florida, specifically Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties, can take a collective sigh of relief as US Sen. Rick Scott, US Sen. Marco Rubio, and US Rep. Matt Gaetz banded together to keep the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, Florida Friday.

Jul 25, 2023

DeSantis is in a car accident on his way to Tennessee presidential campaign events but isn’t injured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, say a car accident involving Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis happened when traffic slowed down and caused four cars in his motorcade to hit each other. DeSantis’ 2024 Republican presidential campaign confirms he was involved in the accident on Tuesday while traveling to Tennessee campaign events and says he […]

Jul 12, 2023

Farmers Insurance exiting Florida

Tallahassee – The Florida insurance market took a hit Tuesday, as Farmers Insurance said it will end residential, auto and umbrella policies in the state, forcing tens of thousands of customers to look elsewhere for coverage.

Jul 1, 2023

From vouchers to guns, new laws take effect

More school vouchers. Expanded restrictions on teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity. Limits on using TikTok. Carrying guns without concealed-weapons licenses. A larger Florida State Guard.

Mar 23, 2023

Major Voucher Expansion Headed to DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE — A massive expansion of Florida’s school-choice programs that would make all students eligible for taxpayer-backed vouchers is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis, after the Republican-controlled Senate passed the measure Thursday amid warnings from Democrats.

Dec 21, 2022

DeSantis signs bill aimed at expanding toll relief

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Dec. 15 signed Senate Bill 6A, establishing the Toll Relief Program through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which will provide account credits to frequent commuters using toll roads across the state. The program will give Floridians with 35 or more toll transactions per month a 50% credit to their account.

The legislation, originally proposed by DeSantis in September of this year, was successfully passed during the recent Legislative Special Session. The Toll Relief Program begins on Jan. 1, 2023, and runs through Dec. 31, 2023.

Oct 31, 2022

Gas prices to jump as ‘holiday’ ends

Florida motorists can expect to pay more at the pump as the state’s month-long gas tax “holiday” ends.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas Monday stood at $3.29, about a dime cheaper than at the start of October. But the AAA auto club said that likely will change quickly when the state’s 25.3-cent-a-gallon gas tax returns Tuesday, after being suspended in October by lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Jun 28, 2022

Paid work equals volunteer time in bright futures law

Paid employment can be substituted for volunteer hours to qualify for Bright Futures scholarships, under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis said the measure (HB 461) will help students who have to work and are unable to meet volunteer-hour requirements.

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