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Stronger Safer Florida Coalition lauds DeSantis’ budget

Stronger Safer Florida Coalition lauds DeSantis’ budget — A nonpartisan coalition of Florida businesses, consumer and environmental groups praised DeSantis’ budget proposal for including resiliency spending. “As Florida continues to face various climate-change-related issues, prioritizing such initiatives is critical to the long-term future of our state,” the organization said in a statement. “In the ‘Florida Leads’ […]

“Eyeball Wars” are back for the 2021 Legislative Session

Lawmakers file bills expanding optometrist scope-of-practice [allowing] optometrists to perform certain types of eye surgery and prescribe medications. A pair of bills filed Monday (HB 631/SB 876) would allow optometrists to perform certain types of eye surgery and prescribe medications. Proponents have argued that expanding their scope of practice would give Floridians better access to […]

Destinations Florida Unveils Update on How Tourism Benefits the Sunshine State

On Wednesday, Destinations Florida released an updated version of its report, Destination Promotion: Empowering Florida’s Growth, which outlines the benefits tourism provides the state of Florida and the need for tourism promotion. The revised report tackles challenges to tourism growth, including a new section on the pandemic response, as well as misconceptions about tourism promotion. Comprehensive information about the […]

‘Restoring Communities’

This week, the Florida Municipal Electric Association announced its annual “Restoring Communities Awards,” which recognizes public power utilities that have helped get the power back on after it’s knocked out by severe weather or other emergencies. The winners: GRU, City of Tallahassee, OUC, Town of Havana, JEA, Lakeland Electric, KUA, UCNSB, FPUA, City of Homestead, […]

FMPA Provides Affordable, Reliable and Clean Electricity

Electricity is essential for living. We rely on electricity to keep us cool, cook our food, charge our devices and more. Therefore, it must be reliable and affordable. This is especially important in Florida, where power use is higher than the national average and incomes are lower than the national average. The Florida Municipal Power […]

Point of View: A COVID-ravaged Florida tourism industry is looking ahead to 2021

Today, with a measured reopening, safety protocols increased throughout the tourism industry and a vaccine pending, things look a little brighter. According to a December survey, Florida’s tourism industry is starting to see positive trends in employee retention, an increase in the average hotel occupancy rate, and higher percentages of revenue and profit since July. the […]

Column: Build resilience for a stronger, safer Florida

As hurricanes form, we all know the drill. But many Floridians must now prepare for flooding due to sea level rise even when the tropics are quiet — routinely moving cars to higher ground, sandbagging doors and stocking up on drinking water. And flooding continues to reach ever further inland with rising seas. A 2016 Zillow report […]

Voting rights depend on truly completed sentences, law protects crime victims

Marsy’s Law meant for victims Recently, the Daytona Beach News-Journal wrote about crime victims’ rights, known as Marsy’s Law for Florida, and law enforcement’s use of the law. As a crime victim, I wanted to share my experience with Marsy’s Law so your readers can also understand the good it has brought for crime victims. Shortly before […]