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Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Parole in Florida is nearly extinct. Of the approximately 100,000 inmates incarcerated in Florida, only 4,545 are eligible for parole. And even fewer are approved. That is because the state has almost abolished parole across the board. Parole is the release of a prisoner before the completion of a sentence with conditions that a person […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Florida’s death penalty is back

Florida’s death penalty is back

“Mr. Asay, do you have any final words?” the man in the suit asked. He had a small microphone leading from his ear down into the collar of his shirt and a Florida Department of Corrections pin shimmered on his lapel. The man strapped down on the pale blue gurney replied promptly. “No sir, I […]

STOP opioid addiction

STOP opioid addiction

When Gov. Rick Scott declared the opioid abuse epidemic a state health emergency in Florida, thousands of dollars in state and federal moneys became available for treatment facilities. Lakeview Center is expanding their treatment to create a new free opioid treatment program called STOP (State Targeted Opioid Program). Opioids are a class of drugs, often […]

Florida property insurers dodge downgrades, bolster reserves

Florida property insurers dodge downgrades, bolster reserves

Despite warnings of possible widespread downgrades, Florida’s leading insurance grading agency has decided not to hand down lower marks to the majority of companies in the state. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per year.

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

After a year of uncertainty, Florida’s death penalty law is back on track with passage of a bill intended to correct a flaw in the current statute. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

House passes oversight bill for Visit Florida

House passes oversight bill for Visit Florida

In its first week of session the Florida House of Representatives passed two bills Friday that took aim economic programs eliminating Enterprise Florida, Inc. and restructuring Visit Florida. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Capital punishment back on solid ground

Capital punishment back on solid ground

As the Florida Legislature inches closer to correcting the state’s death-penalty law, the Florida Supreme Court has voted to allow capital-punishment cases to proceed in a reversal of an earlier ruling. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation that would eliminate state tourism marketing group Visit Florida and state economic development agency Enterprise Florida, Inc. was introduced Feb. 8 to the Florida House of Representatives Careers and Competition Subcommittee. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

The death penalty is now off the table for the man accused of shooting two Milton residents to death in their home July 2014 not because of the nature of the crime, but because of chaos in the court system. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Florida’s minimum wage on the rise again

Florida’s minimum wage on the rise again

Florida’s minimum wage went up to $8.10 an hour and $5.08 an hour for tipped employees as of Jan. 1. While not the $15 wage some groups have petitioned for, the increase brings the state 85 cents above the federal minimum wage. Florida is among 29 states and the District of Columbia that have a […]

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

New Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations could delay tax returns to millions of middle- and low-income tax payers until at least mid-February regardless of early filing. Last year, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. The law which went into effect Jan. 1 requires any tax return filed claiming Earned Income Tax Credit […]

Teen cough syrup abuse leads to new regulations

Teen cough syrup abuse leads to new regulations

As 2016 said farewell, states across the country said hello to new regulations and laws. Florida was no exception. One important law that hit the books at the first of the year is SB 938 which prohibits the sale of certain cough medicines to minors. This piece of legislation makes it a civil violation for […]

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Florida’s contracted tourism agency Visit Florida came under fire just months before the legislature would meet to decide whether to approve a $76 million budget for the organization. The criticism has resulted in the resignation of the company’s President and CEO Will Seccombe. The drama centered on a supposedly privileged $1 million contract between Visit […]

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

A recent report by state agencies paints a disconcerting picture of the future land and water use in Florida by the year 2070. Created by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1000 Friends of Florida, and University of Florida GeoPlan Center “Florida 2070” and “Water 2070” indicates that current population growth trends in the […]

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number. The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law […]

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) approved a 14.5 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance Tuesday, Sept. 27 raising costs for business owners across the state. The most recent filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company approved to assess and make recommendations to the FLOIR on costs of worker’s […]

The billion-dollar leak

The billion-dollar leak

In an attempt to catch up on the billions of dollars lost last year, state-run insurer Citizen’s Property Insurance Company applied to raise personal property and homeowner policy premiums an average of 7.3 percent, costing policyholders $1.06 billion. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations approved the new rates Tuesday, Sept. 20. The driving force behind […]

Insurance scammers costing Florida policyholders

Insurance scammers costing Florida policyholders

Santa Rosa County Citizens Property Insurance customers could face an average 8.7 percent increase in their rates after the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) Aug. 23 rate hearing. State-run Citizens Property Insurance was established as a catch-all for properties other companies would not insure, and they handle more than 409,000 home and commercial properties […]

New study: Working mom’s get shorted in Florida

New study: Working mom’s get shorted in Florida

Florida received a “D” grade for job services provided to new and expecting parents according to national analysis of employment law by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The analysis entitled Expecting Better: A State by State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents looked at how state laws expanded on the […]

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida Chamber: Homeowners’ insurance rates pushed up by hurricane threat

Florida residents pay twice the national average for homeowners insurance according to the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the risk for catastrophic hurricanes may be to blame. East Bay Insurance Agency Principal John Hays handles thousands of homeowners’ insurance policies throughout the state of Florida. He said although the system is complex, the level of risk […]

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

One wrong click by your child on your unmonitored computer could spell disaster or just an innocent sleepover gone wrong as 16-year-old Shauna Newell of Pensacola learned in 2006.  “A mile a minute, that is how fast your child can disappear,” according to the Klaas Kids Foundation’s website.  Locally, Brad Dennis works as the director […]

Department of health receives national accreditation

Department of health receives national accreditation

The Florida Department of Health is the first in the nation to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. “As an agency, we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jennifer Tschetter, the department’s chief operating officer. “The accreditation demonstrates we have organizational systems in place to ensure the highest public health outcomes possible.” Read […]

Daily Zika update

Daily Zika update

In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of Zika virus, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong will issue a Zika virus update each week day at 2 p.m. Updates will include a CDC-confirmed Zika case count by county and information to better keep […]

Crunch time for Florida voters

Crunch time for Florida voters

With the Presidential Preference Primary election coming up March 15, those not registered as Republicans or Democrats will be unable to vote in that type election which occurs every four years. This is because Florida is considered a closed-primary state said Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections. There are 26,981 registered voters in […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]

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