Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Orange County Convention Center's planned $605 million expansion postponed

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 8:23 PM

The $605 million expansion of the Orange County Convention Center is now off the table for the foreseeable future. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said in a news conference Monday afternoon, while running down the new county budget, that this massive construction project has...

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Good news! Gov. DeSantis expects job numbers to show Floridians back at work

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis expects Florida to see “positive” jobs numbers next week when a June unemployment report is released. DeSantis addressed the issue Monday as $600-a-week federal unemployment benefits are slated to expire at the end of July and as Florida deals with a surge in coronavirus cases. Amid...

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Ronald McDonald House Charities closes down Orlando locations due to coronavirus concerns

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida announced on Monday that they are temporarily closing down their three houses in Orlando effective immediately, until later in the month. In a statement posted to their social media, Ronald McDonald House  stated that the decision was due to positive tests for COVID-19 both in...

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Florida Supreme Court to decide fate of vacation-rental 'bed tax'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 10:52 AM

A battle about whether Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms are required to collect and send in county tourist-development taxes could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court. Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon is asking justices to take up the issue after a divided appeals court ruled in...

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Florida public schools ordered to reopen in August

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 9:39 AM

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday ordered public schools to reopen in August and offer “the full panoply of services” to students and families. As COVID-19 outbreaks spike in Florida, Corcoran's mandate said that extending school closures can impede students’ educational success and prevent parents and guardians from returning...

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Florida prisons see hundreds of additional coronavirus cases

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 5:28 PM

Florida’s prison system recorded 443 new coronavirus cases and an inmate death over the holiday weekend, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Corrections. An additional 354 inmates and 89 correctional workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. In total,...

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As Florida coronavirus cases soar, new credit card study links infection spikes to in-person restaurant dining

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 1:41 PM

If you've been feeling a little too nervous to eat inside a restaurant of late because of concerns over coronavirus, you just might be on to something, at least according to a recent study conducted by investment bank J.P. Morgan Chase. CNBC recently reported on a study conducted by...

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Gov. DeSantis' veto of $225 million in affordable housing funds could leave Orange County in need

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 1:20 PM

When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida's new state budget on June 29, he slashed a billion dollars earmarked for agencies and programs that Floridians depend upon, including money set aside for building more affordable housing in Orange County. Among his vetoes, DeSantis cut $225 million that lawmakers intended for the...

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Visit virtually: Popular Florida parks and attractions adjust to COVID-19

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 10:08 AM

While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing. Some popular theme parks are providing virtual rides. You can even gaze at sea creatures at aquariums online or become an at-home park visitor...

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Florida added 59,000 new coronavirus cases in the past week alone

Posted By on Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM

With thousands of positive test results pouring in every day, Florida topped 200,000 coronavirus cases on Sunday. Hitting 200,000 cases this weekend would have seemed unlikely — if not unthinkable — a month ago: On June 5, Florida totaled 61,488 cases, after adding another 1,305 positive results that day....

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