Hurricane season has begun, and the Florida Department of Health (Department) is joining the Florida Division of Emergency Management in encouraging all residents and visitors to prepare for severe weather emergencies. Determine any risks to your home, property, or business, and update your emergency plans and supplies before Florida isContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported one case of locally acquired malaria this week in Sarasota County. The Plasmodium species was Plasmodium vivax. The DOH says the individual spent extensive time outdoors. The patient was promptly treated at a hospital and has recovered. DOH is working closely with local partnersContinue Reading

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On May 19, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has the lowest unemployment rate among the top 10 largest states in the nation at 2.6 percent, as Floridians see continued economic stability spurred on in part by the thriving tourism industry. Between January and March of 2023, Florida saw aContinue Reading

U.S. Term Limits commends Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the bill that enforces eight-year term limits for school board members. U.S. Term Limits (USTL) began advocating for term limits for school boards in 2017.  Efforts have included participation in town hall meetings, the Florida State Supreme Court, the ConstitutionContinue Reading

A possible cyberattack on The Philadelphia Inquirer disrupted the newspaper’s print operation over the weekend and prompted it to close its newsroom through at least Tuesday, when its staff will be covering an expensive and fiercely contested mayoral primary. Sunday’s newspaper was only available digitally as an e-edition. However, Sunday’sContinue Reading

The Florida Department Agriculture and Consumer Services reported two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses in Polk County. The first case (the third overall in the state) was a 10-year-old Pony Cross gelding who exhibited symptoms on April 7 of depression, muscle witching, incoordination and inability to stand.Continue Reading

Four Florida cities–Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, in that order, topped the personal-finance website, WalletHub‘s list of 2023’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business. In order to determine the best cities for launching a business, WalletHub compared 100 cities, across three key dimensions: 1) Business Environment which includes AverageContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Commission has written to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting in-district customer service hearings and workshops for Tampa Electric customers. This follows concerns raised by activists at a County meeting about the utility’s reliance on fossil fuels, which they say is driving up energy bills. TheContinue Reading

Yesterday evening, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried and Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book and 11 others were arrested at a pro-abortion protest in Tallahassee. They were protesting SB 300. The bill, S.B. 300, would ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for women facing life-threatening harmContinue Reading

A new poll conducted by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center (SACSC) at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) finds President Joe Biden facing weak support for re-election.  Although his job approval has improved somewhat since the mid-term elections, he is still underwater at 45%-54%. This translates into a weak primary ballot, withContinue Reading

Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed permitless concealed carry into law in Florida. House Bill (HB) 543 which strengthens Floridians’ Second Amendment rights by allowing Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit. HB 543 goes into effect on July 1, 2023, making Florida the 26th state to enact ConstitutionalContinue Reading

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Wesley Chapel, Florida man, 31-year-old Clayton Everett Colborn (aka, “Jason Rich,” “Jason,” “Clay,” or “Clayay”) pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in sexual activity, five counts of using minors to produceContinue Reading

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s February unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, while the national rate increased to 3.6 percent. In addition, Florida’s unemployment rate has decreased by 0.7 of a percentage point over the year and has remained lower than the nation for 28 consecutive months sinceContinue Reading

The list of Florida’s invasive species goes beyond reptiles and plants. Many insects and rodents we consider household pests are also invasive species.   These insects and rodents that invade households cost U.S. homeowners billions of dollars in damages and thousands of dollars a year in pest control products and services.Continue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 30 suspects during a two week long investigation that focused on sexual predators who target children and convicted sexual predators and offenders who are required to comply with Florida’s registration laws, including current restrictions in place based on their status. During the initiative, undercover detectivesContinue Reading

On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced an extensive legislative proposal to take action against the increasing threats posed by illegal immigration as a result of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our nation’s borders. By increasing penalties for human smuggling, strengthening statutes for the detention of illegal aliens, requiringContinue Reading