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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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Visit Florida is crucial to Florida’s less well-known attractions

So many small businesses and destinations in our state are treasures waiting to be discovered. Our attendance continues to grow because Visit Florida creates affordable programs that promote the places that visitors might not know about. Put yourself in the shoes of a New Yorker. You’re aware of Disney, SeaWorld and the Florida Keys. You […]

Florida recreational marijuana backers seek more time for petition signatures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Arguing that a new law violates constitutional rights, supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking more time to submit petition signatures to get on the November ballot. The political committee Make It Legal Florida filed the lawsuit in Leon County circuit court targeting the […]

Proposed amendment to legalize recreational marijuana a step closer to 2020 ballot

Make it Legal Florida on Wednesday announced their effort to provide regulated access to recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older has officially reached the required 76,632 signatures to achieve a judicial review of their constitutional amendment language. The Make it Legal Florida ballot initiative had gathered a total of nearly 390,000 signatures as of […]