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Marsy’s Law for Florida seeks to highlight National Crime Victims’ Rights Week amid coronavirus outbreak

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week runs through Saturday, April 25 As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the criminal justice system nationwide, Marsy’s Law for Florida is looking to make sure Florida’s crime victims don’t get lost in the shuffle. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week runs through Saturday, April 25 to promote awareness of […]

Celebrations of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week More Important Than Ever During COVID-19 Pandemic

This year, recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 19 – 25, is more important than ever as victims face additional hurdles safeguarding their rights as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, perpetrators are being released from prison early and courtrooms are closed, inevitably […]

Miss Sarasota’s best beaches? Slide them into your Zoom background.

Idyllic backgrounds can still color your video conferences.                 You can’t visit Siesta Key Beach right now, but co-workers in your Zoom meeting don’t need to know that. A global pandemic has shut down Southwest Florida’s beaches. But it has dramatically increased use of video conferencing as Floridians work from home. So […]

Florida’s February jobless rate is already a distant memory

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s jobless rate in February was 2.8 percent, but that doesn’t reflect a coronavirus-fueled spike in claims that has overwhelmed the state unemployment-compensation system during the past two weeks. The Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday posted the February unemployment rate, which was unchanged from January. But that was based on information from […]

Survey finds 99% of Florida lodging businesses are suffering

One in three report having to lay people off due to coronavirus crisis. A full 99% of Florida’s lodging businesses are seeing bookings drop because of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new survey commissioned by the Florida’s destination marketing advocacy group Destinations Florida. The survey, conducted of 995 businesses in 37 Florida counties, finds […]

New Study Shows How Coronavirus Crisis has Devastated Florida’s Tourism Industry

The coronavirus crisis has devastated Florida’s tourism industry, a new study shows. On Friday, Destinations Florida, which defines itself as the “unifying voice representing Florida’s destination marketing organizations and strives to increase the effectiveness of local tourism promotion organizations’ efforts,” released some of its findings from a study looking at how coronavirus has hit the Sunshine […]

New Study by Destinations Florida Tracks COVID-19 Impacts on Florida’s Tourism Industry

STUDY OUTLINED SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATES, REVENUE LOSSES AND EMPLOYEE LAYOFFS LISTEN TO REPLAY: The Brevard County Tourism Development Council conducted via telephone the monthly meeting of the volunteer advisory board, which provides direction to the Space Coast Office of Tourism county staff on how to manage the annual tourism tax proceeds and market […]

Mr. Speaker, COVID-19 should end the war on VISIT FLORIDA

It’s time to quit kicking the VISIT FLORIDA can down the road. For the last couple of years, the state’s tourism marketing arm has faced an uncertain future as lawmakers have debated whether it should even exist. We have all watched the war rage on, with Speaker José Oliva leading the effort to end the agency. So far, Oliva […]