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Thursday, August 5, 2021

AdventHealth buys Orlando's Holy Land Experience

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

AdventHealth has put the Holy Land Experience out of its misery. After a year of only opening for brief windows to maintain tax-exempt status, the troubled Christian theme park has been offloaded to the hospital group. Orlando Business Journal reports that AdventHealth purchased the theme park grounds, noting that...

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Teachers union throws in behind schools bucking Ron DeSantis' mask mandate ban

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 10:45 AM

The Florida Education Association teachers union is backing school districts trying to work around Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order that bars schools from requiring students to wear masks during the COViD-19 pandemic. DeSantis’ executive order, in part, directed state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to withhold funding to school boards...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

School districts get creative in working around Florida's mask mandate ban

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 3:31 PM

At least four Florida school districts are trying to work around Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring school boards from requiring students to wear masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis last week issued an executive order that, in part, directed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to withhold funds from...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responds to Joe Biden's comments about Florida's COVID-19 numbers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 3:10 PM

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has responded to President Joe Biden's chiding of the state's COVID-19 response. Florida leads the nation in new coronavirus cases, a situation that is exacerbated by recent moves by DeSantis and the Florida legislature that make it harder mitigate the spread of the virus. Speaking...

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Nightclub operator to open Mexican restaurant on Park Avenue in Winter Park

Posted By and on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 11:29 AM

The movers behind downtown Orlando nightclubs like Celine and Ember will soon be opening a new Mexican restaurant in Winter Park. As reported by the Orlando Business Journal, Park Avenue Concepts LLC have leased a nearly 3,000-square-foot space at 331 S. Park Ave. Per business owner Kevin Young, the group is...

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Hybrid sports bar-nightclub planned for Finnhenry's space

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 11:28 AM

What on earth is a high-end sports bar? How can the dug-in griminess and ever-present grease of the average TV-based watering hole mesh with the glossy aesthetics of a downtown nightclub? One bold and possibly confused group of developers is determined to find out. The former home of Finnhenry's...

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Walt Disney World brings back annual passes

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 10:58 AM

When you have stockholders, it literally pays to look at the world with rose-colored glasses. That's the only motivation we can imagine for Walt Disney World bringing back their annual passes amid an ongoing coronavirus spike.  The push to return to something like normalcy comes as Walt Disney World...

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Orange County schools monitor dozens of COVID-19 cases as other Florida school districts announce mask mandates

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 10:46 AM

Orange County Public Schools have yet to open their doors to students and they are already monitoring dozens of cases of coronavirus. The school district already has 28 cases of COVID-19 with 23 of those being faculty members, according to a report from WESH. While the school district is...

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Florida has the highest rate of hospital beds taken up by COVID-19 patients in nation

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 10:25 AM

Florida leads the nation in the percentage of inpatient hospital beds occupied by people with COVID-19, according to data posted Tuesday by the federal government. As of Monday, 11,863 inpatient beds in Florida were being used by COVID-19 patients, about 22 percent of all inpatient beds in the state,...

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Joe Biden criticizes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' COVID-19 response, calling it 'bad health policy'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 10:13 AM

President Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approach to the COVID-19 pandemic as “bad health policy.” Biden, during a press briefing in the White House, was asked about moves by DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that have included such things as blocking school districts from...

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