Governor DeSantis

Today, at The Birchwood hotel in St. Petersburg, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan” for Re-Opening Florida, including allowing restaurants to operate at full capacity, effective immediately. There will no longer be operational limitations enforced by the State ofContinue Reading

Sally, formerly Tropical Depression 19, strengthened to a tropical storm at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday afternoon. As of 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, the storm was centered 115 miles west of Port Charlotte, Florida, and moving west-northwestward at 13 mph. Maximum sustained winds were 50 mph. AccuWeather meteorologists continue toContinue Reading

U.S. Marshals announced the rescue of 8 “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana over the weekend, bringing their total children rescued in Operation Homecoming to 72. “From August 31- September 4, federal investigators coordinated with IMPD and NCMEC to recover eight highly endangered missing children resulting in one arrest ofContinue Reading

LifeLink® of Florida is thrilled to announce that 41 local hospitals have earned recognition for their work and dedication in support of organ, eye and tissue donation through the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tested positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon. Sheriff Gualtieri’s symptoms are mild and began with a loss of taste and smell. He has no fever or respiratory issues. Sheriff Gualtieri will follow direction provided by the Department of Health and remain home forContinue Reading

This week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) gave frontrunner Amanda Makki the highest rating a non-incumbent candidate can get in an election cycle. “As a concealed carry permit holder, and a strict interpreter of the Constitution, I fully support our Second Amendment rights. The NRA has just given me andContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported 8502 positive COVID-19 cases out of nearly 100,000 tests performed Friday, bringing the state totals to 526,577 cases with 8,109 deaths related to COVID-19. Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-TermContinue Reading

The Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted their virtual political ‘Hob Nob’ event and ended with a straw poll that included Florida’s 13th Congressional race. Overwhelmingly, the pick for voters was Amanda Makki, Republican primary candidate. Amanda Makki received 23% of the vote, while her opponents trailed far behind rangingContinue Reading

This week, the highest-ranking combat Veteran ever to serve in Congress, Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI), announced his endorsement for Amanda Makki, Republican primary candidate. Rep. Bergman is a retired Lt. General of the United States Marine Corps, with a vastly diverse background in the political arena and private sector. A lifeContinue Reading

Hillsborough County health officials issued a health advisory for Bahia Beach in Ruskin because of high bacteria levels. Samples taken July 29 were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, Wednesday, August 5, 2020. When re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisoryContinue Reading

COVID-19 update The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported 216 COVID-19 related fatalities for Tuesday, a one day record, bringing the state total to 6,333. Of the more than 88,000 COVID-19 tests performed, 9,446 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported, slightly higher than 12 percent of the total. Florida’s totalContinue Reading