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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 […]

Senate declares August as “Amblyopia Awareness Month”

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution declaring August as “Amblyopia Awareness Month.” Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of permanent vision loss in children. It is caused by a number of eye disorders but it is preventable if caught and treated early, so the Florida Society of […]

Destinations Florida urges lawmakers spare VISIT FLORIDA in Valentine’s Day card

Canning tourism marketing didn’t work so well in Colorado and Washington Destinations Florida, coalition of tourism marketing organizations, is hoping to convince lawmakers to keep VISIT FLORIDA around with a round of not-so-warm-and-fuzzy Valentine’s Day cards. The cards warn lawmakers of what’s at stake if VISIT FLORIDA is allowed to sunset on July 1 — […]

Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 2.13.20

— VISIT FLORIDA VALENTINES — Destinations Florida is sending Valentine’s Day cards to lawmakers warning against eliminating VISIT FLORIDA. According to the group, which represents the state’s destination marketing organizations, says without the efforts of VISIT FLORIDA, tourism competitors can poach visitors from the Sunshine State Among the cards are “love letters” from California and […]

Letters to the Editor: VISIT FLORIDA offers small towns a big voice with “vital partnership”

A vital partnership Visit Florida Sports tourism is a growing sector of the tourism industry. In Pasco County, we are increasingly attracting active travelers interested in fishing, hiking, biking, skydiving and amateur sports. We are a growing sports vacation market, largely thanks to the tourism promotion programs available through Visit Florida. Participating in national advertising […]

Leroy Collins Institute Releases Study on Charter Schools Across Florida

On Thursday, the LeRoy Collins Institute released a study on Florida’s charter schools that analyzed the trends in racial and economic diversity, accountability, innovation, and transparency, and offered recommendations for how Florida charter schools can improve. According to the institute, the report, labeled “Florida Charter Schools: Not as Good, Or as Bad, as Advertised,” offered mixed marks on […]

Lori Berman: Screening kids now prevents vision problems later

Have you heard of Amblyopia? Chances are, you have and don’t even know it. Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of permanent vision loss in children if not identified and treated early in life. Surprisingly, Amblyopia is preventable if caught early enough. And yet, only about 20% of […]

Florida lawmakers should encourage strengthening our homes | Guest column

After the devastation of Hurricane Michael, University of Florida professor David Prevatt surveyed the damage and wrote a report about the impact on Florida homes. His report stated that homes built before the statewide building code was implemented in 2002 had much more damage than newer homes. He concluded that stronger building codes work but […]