Florida governor Rick Scott

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration that opioid abuse has become a national epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida Wednesday. The declaration opens up $27 million in federal funds for the state to use in prevention, treatment and recovery services News Service of Florida reports. “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance […]

Governor to Obama: Fund Zika fight now

Governor to Obama:  Fund Zika fight now

In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida.  By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related.  On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa […]

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

Bill creates changes in school controlled open enrollment

According to Gov. Rick Scott’s newly approved House Bill 7029, parents are now allowed to enroll their children in any public or charter school which isn’t filled to capacity. Taking effect for the 2017-2018 school years, the amendment to section 5, section 1002.31 of the Florida Statute, will open up school options for students statewide. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 5

FLORIDA, VULNERABLE TO ZIKA VIRUS, GETS READY FOR FIGHT Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he’s adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected […]

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday the high school graduation rate in the state hit a 12-year high. The number in Santa Rosa County is even better. Florida’s graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year was 77.8 percent, a significant improvement from where it was more than a decade ago when it stood at 59.2 […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]