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DEP Accepting comments on proposed springs restoration funding projects
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting comments on the springs restoration projects under consideration for funding in FY 2022-23.
Celebrate the great outdoors in Florida this month
June is the Great Outdoors Month in Florida. This is the month to honor the state's abundant natural resources and the nation’s best recreational opportunities.
FLHSMV announces 12 new Florida specialty license plates
Floridians who purchased presale vouchers for the specialty plates will soon be able to redeem them at their local tax collector office or license plate agency.
Florida State Parks and Florida public libraries partner to launch the Real Florida Reader Program
This summer, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks and its partners will advance outdoor access for all Floridians through the Real Florida Reader Program.
New law boosts Florida mental health focus for students and families
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, D-Parkland, served as the mayor of Parkland during the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 students were killed.
FL lawmakers unveil property-insurance fixes but market has ‘further devolved’
The Legislature failed to pass any changes in property-insurance law during its regular session, which adjourned on March 14th, following reforms adopted in 2021 and 2019.

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Tiffany Hughes dives head first into the District 39 election
According to voter rolls, District 39 will be a battleground where the number of registered Democrat and Republican voters is about even. There aren't a lot of those in Florida.
Plan for new Central Florida toll road would split Split Oak Forest, a treasured park
The subject of this struggle is a sweet slice of Central Florida’s landscape known as Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area. It’s owned by you, the Florida taxpayer.
Construction on 429 begins Monday
This 3.4-mile project will add a travel lane in each direction, expanding the expressway from four to six lanes (three travel lanes in each direction).
Environmentalists laud approval of 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions
Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration have approved 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions totaling more than 17,000 acres to preserve wildlife and natural habitats.
DeSantis vetoes new congressional districts, orders Legislature to try again
The governor acted shortly after the Legislature sent him SB 102, containing its congressional redistricting map, on Tuesday morning.
State Parks Director praises Wekiwa Springs' new Serenity Garden
The Serenity Garden will be a one-acre “park within a park” where people of all ages and abilities may experience and enjoy nature.
Florida unveils its newest specialty license plate
The Florida State Parks specialty plate is the first plate from the 2021 Legislative Session to meet all design, development, manufacturing, and presale requirements established to begin the distribution process.
USDA approves Florida’s disaster designation request for counties impacted by January freeze
Coupled with sub-freezing temperatures and a persistent disease infecting citrus trees, Florida citrus growers have been fighting a battle on two fronts.
Reducing net-metering guts rooftop solar in Florida
Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state.
How a hurricane fueled wildfires in the Florida Panhandle
We asked University of Florida fire ecologist David Godwin, who co-leads the Southern Fire Exchange, to explain the role the hurricane played in wildfires that forced over 1,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Youth offenders and the collateral damages of an arrest record; Lawmakers approve changes
State lawmakers have approved a bill this session that would allow juveniles to get into diversion programs if they have not been charged with “forcible felonies".
FLHSMV and public safety partners launch Never Drive Impaired Campaign
The Never Drive Impaired campaign’s messaging tackles the common misconceptions many have when it comes to impairment behind the wheel.
Report: Florida children in jeopardy of becoming uninsured
The report said 2.9 million children could re-enroll in public health programs if they lose coverage, but about 3.8 million would have to find other insurance coverage or become uninsured.
More Than $1 billion in rental and utility assistance distributed through DCF to nearly 185,000 households
The program was launched May 10, 2021, with nearly $800 million available to provide relief to families and property owners for those behind on rent and utility payments.
Demings leads effort to support Disaster Housing Assistance Program
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) introduced a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the Disaster Housing Assistance Program.