Jan 21, 2021

State pandemic chair says businesses will remain open

Businesses will remain open for the economic well-being of the state even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Florida, the head of a Senate select committee on the pandemic said Thursday.

Jan 21, 2021

DeSantis hoping more federal aid comes to Florida

With Georgia swinging the U.S. Senate to Democratic control, DeSantis expressed disappointment but acknowledged the change could mean more federal aid for Florida.

Jan 21, 2021

Backroom briefing: sewing seeds for 2021

Hours before Wednesday’s presidential inauguration, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz sent social media aflutter by trolling toward the 2022 election cycle.

Jan 21, 2021

By the numbers: COVID-19 vaccinations by county

Through Tuesday, Florida totaled 1,122,405 COVID-19 vaccinations. Here is a breakdown of vaccinations by the recipients’ counties of residence:

— Miami-Dade; 130,156

— Palm Beach: 100,575

Jan 20, 2021

Trump supporters sparse at state capitol

After preparation for potentially large-scale protests, only about 10 supporters of President Donald Trump waved signs to motorists outside Florida’s Capitol on Wednesday as President Joe Biden was sworn into office in Washington, D.C.

Jan 20, 2021

Senate eyes business liability protections

Like the House, the Florida Senate appears ready to move quickly on a proposal that would provide COVID-19 liability protections to businesses.

Jan 20, 2021

DeSantis targets vaccination tourism

Gov. Ron DeSantis is working on guidelines meant to stop COVID-19 vaccination “tourism” in Florida.

Jan 19, 2021

Rivkees says state vaccine is ‘supply limited’

As Gov. Ron DeSantis barnstorms the state announcing new COVID-19 vaccination sites, a top health-care adviser acknowledged Tuesday on a phone call with hospital officials that Florida is in a “supply-limited situation.”

Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said in the statewide phone call that he does not know when  additional “first doses” of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be sent to the state or how many doses would be in a potential future delivery.

Jan 19, 2021

State grapples with property insurance

Alarmed by double-digit rate increases and policies pouring into the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida lawmakers and insurance officials are grappling with how to bolster the insurance market for homeowners.

Jan 19, 2021

Major punitive damages award upheld in tobacco case

Pointing in part to “reprehensible” conduct, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a $20.7 million punitive-damages award against Philip Morris USA in a Florida case filed by a woman who first tried cigarettes at age 13 and later suffered from a smoking-related illness.

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