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Florida's toll relief program saves drivers $42 million in its first month
In 2023, the Toll Relief Program delivered $500 million in substantial savings to over 1.2 million commuters, equating to an approximate savings of $400 per individual.
A wave of book bans has hit school libraries in the last few years.
Parents sue Florida Board of Education over book ban policy
Florida saw more books challenged for removal than any other state last year, according to data released by the American Library Association.
Boats sit grounded in a woodland area and along the side of the road after being pushed by rising water from Hurricane Ian near Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29, 2022, in San Carlos Island. The hurricane brought high winds, storm surges, and rain to the area, causing severe damage.
AG Moody warns against price gouging, scams as hurricane season dawns in Florida
On the eve of hurricane season, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is promising rigorous enforcement of state laws against price gouging and disaster-related scams.
911 Emergency services in Florida responding to more calls over heat-related incidents
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 146 broken temperature records in Florida in the past month. The temperature rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on May 20th in Homestead, one of the state’s major agricultural areas.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Apopka resident writes open letter to Gov. DeSantis
Rod Olsen is a former HOA President of Rock Springs Ridge and an Apopka resident who wrote an open letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to make policy changes in schools and in teaching history that concern him.
Construction on U.S. 90 in Santa Rosa County as Florida Department of Transportation crews work on a bridge reconstruction project over Simpson River.
Florida unemployment rate up slightly in April compared to same time last year
The Florida Department of Commerce released a new report on the state’s unemployment rate, showing that while it has risen slightly from a year ago, it continues to outpace the national average.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson says the state has bought too much land for the corridor and should sell some of it.
Ag Commissioner wants to sell off lots of Florida preserve land
The Florida Forever program has protected more than 10 million acres out of 42 million total in the entire state.
Delay in Florida Medicaid trial raises stakes for hundreds of thousands
Florida's trial on Medicaid eligibility, resulting in 1.8 million people losing coverage, has been indefinitely postponed because the judge overseeing the case had a death in her family.
Florida teacher salaries sink in national rankings to #50
New data released shows Florida’s average teacher pay dropped from being ranked #48 in the nation last year to #50 in the latest study.
In participating states, low-income families will receive $40 each month for each eligible school-aged child, up to $120, to buy groceries, beginning in the summer of 2024.
Advocacy groups urge Florida to apply for 2025 summer meal programs for low-income kids
While Florida was one of 15 states that opted out of the Summer EBT program this year, according to the department's guidelines, state officials have until August 15th to notify the U.S. Department of Agriculture whether Florida will participate in the summer of 2025.
Vehicle and home damage in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian in Bonita Springs.
DeSantis signs two bills designed to bolster Florida homes against hurricanes
DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7028, which will add another $200 million in funding for the My Safe Florida Home Program.
The Florida Everglades.
Florida to spend $1.5 billion in additional funds for Everglades, water quality
Florida has invested $6.5 billion into environmental protection, restoration efforts, water quality, and infrastructure of the Everglades since 2019.
The population of Florida’s bald eagles dropped dramatically because of DDT.
Florida fueled the first Earth Day; now we need another one
Thanks to that first Earth Day, we got the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and a bunch of other environmental regulations. We also got the EPA.
Labor Department cites Florida contractor for lack of heat prevention after heat stroke claims 26-year-old worker's life
As average temperatures rise across the U.S., heat illness is a growing safety and health concern for workers indoors and outdoors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that environmental heat exposure claimed the lives of 36 workers in 2021 and 56 in 2020.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor
Florida Wildlife Corridor study reveals role in climate resilience, population growth
The report is trumpeted as a first-of-its-kind study showcasing how the 18 million acres of the Wildlife Corridor, which runs throughout the entire state, ease the worst impact of climate change.
Outdoor workers in a field in Miami-Dade County.
DeSantis nixes local efforts to protect outdoor workers from Florida's brutal weather
The new law, HB 433, which takes effect on July 1, forbids the state or its political subdivisions from requiring any protections not mandated by state or federal law, even for their own contractors.