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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 […]

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 […]