Thursday, April 9, 2020

Florida Democrats are pushing for health care changes amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Democrats, who successfully used health care as a key issue in winning back control of the U.S. House two years ago, are reigniting the issue in Florida amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has sent the state’s economy into free fall. Several leading Florida Democrats on Tuesday...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Winter Park's Easter Bunny will wave to his peeps from a safe distance in three mini parades

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 11:26 PM

The city of Winter Park has hosted an extravagant Easter egg hunt the Saturday before Easter Sunday for 65 years. But this year, thanks to the coronavirus and the statewide stay-at-home order, the 14,000 Easter eggs will not be "sprinkled like confetti" throughout Central Park for kids to hunt....

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The Villages, Florida's largest retirement community, saw a spike in new coronavirus cases

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 5:10 PM

Florida’s largest retirement community The Villages witnessed a sizable spike in coronavirus cases this week. According to the Florida Department of Health, Lake and Sumter counties, where the Villages is located, now have a combined 226 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up from 200 confirmed cases on Tuesday. Overall, 12...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wore a single rubber glove at his coronavirus briefing today for some reason

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 4:32 PM

While holding a press conference to unveil a new coronavirus hospital in Miami, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis demonstrated exactly how not to wear rubber gloves during a pandemic on Wednesday afternoon. Joined by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, DeSantis addressed reporters by staying at...

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Man catches 33-inch fish off Florida coast using Publix fried chicken as bait

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 3:39 PM

One "Florida boy" visiting home from Georgia might just become an honorary Florida Man, after catching a 33-inch snook off the Tampa coast – using only Publix fried chicken as bait. He earned double "IDGAF" points by ignoring social-distancing rules in the process. A Savannah, Georgia, film production company...

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You can apply now for a cash gift from Orlando's new Performing Artist Relief Fund

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 1:32 PM

The COVID-19 crisis has crushed Orlando's tourism-driven economy, and the contracted actors and freelance entertainers who enliven our famous theme parks have been especially hard hit. Last weekend, area performers were joined by nationally-known names for an online telethon, and starting Tuesday, out-of-work artists can apply for a cash...

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COVID-19 in Florida's prisons has inmates and families on edge

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 12:34 PM

One of the last times Natausha Hunt spoke to her son, he begged her for help. Hunt’s son, Gary Ford, is an inmate at Blackwater River Correctional Facility, a Florida Panhandle prison with 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. In a telephone...

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Circuit judge says he can't order DeSantis to shut down beaches, but tells plaintiff to keep trying

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 9:53 AM

Saying he lacked the authority to second-guess Gov. Ron DeSantis, a circuit judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force the governor to close beaches throughout Florida. Santa Rosa Beach lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder filed the lawsuit against DeSantis late last month, arguing that the governor’s refusal to issue...

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Fried ova-rules packing restrictions to move eggs faster

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 9:47 AM

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried issued an emergency order Tuesday lifting some packaging and labeling requirements to move eggs quicker from producers to retailers. Eggs have been in demand as people stock up on stay-at-home supplies because of COVID-19. “This order will give industry flexibility to meet increased consumer...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

More than half of Florida residents disapprove of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, says new poll

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Turns out downplaying the coronavirus threat and showing genuine disdain toward actual experts doesn’t go over well in Florida. A new poll reveals that 53 percent of people in the important swing state of Florida disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a University of...

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