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Florida faces potential “double whammy” this hurricane season | Opinion

As Florida continues to re-open in a safe, smart and step-by-step approach, another potential challenge faces our state – hurricane season. Unfortunately, forecasters are predicting an active season, and in fact, this year marks the sixth consecutive year where a named storm has already appeared in the Atlantic before the season officially kicks off. The […]

Coronavirus has been a gut punch to Florida tourism, but report indicates there are some signs of recovery

The coronavirus outbreak was destined to hurt Florida tourism, but the depths of the impact detailed in a new 23-page study shows at least some signs of improvement. Destinations Florida, an association representing local tourism bureaus throughout the state, commissioned the study. It found a tourism industry far from full recovery. “There is a little light at the end […]

Florida Society of Ophthalmology Shares Resources for at Home Vision Testing

This month, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is sharing resources for parents and guardians to perform basic, at-home vision screenings for kids. Using guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), FSO wants parents to know that many vision issues in children are preventable and treatable if caught early. “We understand that during a global […]

Amy Zubaly: Preparing for a hurricane amid a pandemic

It’s that time of year again: the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. While many Floridians are just starting to think about restocking their hurricane preparedness kits and hurricane supplies, Florida’s public power communities have been working year-round to prepare. Whether it is clearing trees and branches away from power lines to conducting regular inspections […]

Florida starts hurricane season already on high alert because of COVID19

For the first time in memory, Florida is about to start hurricane season with its emergency operations center already up and running, and already at its highest alert level because of the coronavirus. And the prospect of managing overlapping natural disasters has state and local officials, emergency managers, first responders, hospital executives, utility officials and […]

Get ready for hurricane season | Column

The era of COVID-19 brings new concerns to hurricane season and preparation. Experts from Colorado State University, the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters, have announced severe predictions for the 2020 hurricane season, citing “above-normal” activity and potential for storms to make landfall on the continental United States. Specifically, “16 named tropical storms will form, eight […]

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 […]