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Florida taps into $474 million in federal aid to prepare schools for August classes

Jun 12, 2020
The Center Square – Florida’s 2.8 million K-12 students will return to on-site classes in more than 4,000 schools across the state in August, Gov. Ron […]

What else could 2020 bring to Florida? Genetically altered, lab bred mosquitoes

Jun 9, 2020
The Center Square – A British biotech company has received an experimental use permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to release millions of genetically modified […]
Government + Politics

Updating Breaking News from Wednesday: Florida bars, theaters re-open Friday; NBA eyes Orlando as ‘epicenter’ to restart season

Jun 4, 2020
The Center Square – Most Florida bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys and theme parks can reopen at 50 percent capacity beginning Friday. Gov. Ron DeSantis made […]

Florida teachers’ union submits plan to reopen schools for fall

Jun 4, 2020
The Center Square – Florida’s 12 public universities plan to reopen campuses in August, and the Florida Department of Education (DOE) is soon expected to outline […]
Government + Politics

Hurricane forecast, COVID-19 fears have Floridians nervous as ‘Mean Season’ begins

Jun 1, 2020
The Center Square – The “Mean Season” forecast calls for pain, and Floridians already stressed with the COVID-19 emergency are more on edge than usual as […]

NOAA’s ‘above normal’ 2020 hurricane season forecast is the new normal

May 25, 2020
The Center Square – The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned there is a 60 percent chance for another “above normal” hurricane season in the Atlantic […]

Florida’s public universities to plan for campus reopenings this fall

May 20, 2020
The Center Square – A State University System of Florida task force is developing guidelines for how Florida’s 12 public universities can safely welcome 420,000 students […]
Government + Politics

DeSantis says Florida can ‘find a place’ for all professional sports to resume seasons

May 16, 2020
The Center Square — Florida says it can fill the black hole in many Americans’ lives caused by the COVID-19 suspensions or postponements of professional basketball, […]

K-12 school superintendents lay out their proposal for reopening Florida schools

May 14, 2020
The Center Square – Florida’s 2.8 million K-12 students are returning to reopened schools next academic year, but when and how they will do so in […]

Florida Realtors optimistic market disruption from COVID-19 is temporary

May 13, 2020
The Center Square – The COVID-19 emergency’s economic fallout has disrupted Florida’s real estate market, with buyers hesitant to pull the trigger and uncertain owners delaying […]
Government + Politics

Florida building network of ‘COVID-designated facilities’ for recovering assisted living residents

May 11, 2020
The Center Square – Florida is going to create a statewide network of “COVID-designated facilities” where nursing home, assisted care (ALF) and long-term care (LTC) residents […]

Scott, DeSantis disagree on federal COVID-19 aid for states, cities to replace lost revenue

May 5, 2020
The Center Square – Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott opposes a prospective assistance package that would allow state and municipal governments to use federal money to […]

DeSantis vague about Florida’s reopening phase two, but Trump plan a likely guide

May 1, 2020
The Center Square – Phase one of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” reopening plan goes into effect Monday and, as the governor had cautioned, […]

DeSantis calls for probe into Florida unemployment problems; Scott says jobless being paid too much

Apr 30, 2020
The Center Square — Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott insists the $600 weekly federal unemployment compensation provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) […]

Florida farmers: Fix supply chain logistics and we will deliver

Apr 28, 2020
The Center Square – Florida’s $8 billion agriculture industry is poised to deliver much needed fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products to consumers nationwide but is […]

DeSantis: Florida’s ‘slow and steady’ reopening to unfold in ‘baby steps’

Apr 28, 2020
The Center Square – Gov. Ron DeSantis’ safer-at-home order expires Thursday, and the Re-Open Florida Task Force has submitted proposals on how nonessential businesses can reopen.  […]

Florida insurance chief: Pandemics not covered under most business interruption policies

Apr 27, 2020
The Center Square – Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier delivered some good news and some bad news Friday to business leaders planning the state’s post-pandemic recovery. […]
Government + Politics

COVID-19 case spike clouds Florida’s evolving reopening plans

Apr 25, 2020
The Center Square – The Florida Department of Health reported Friday afternoon 1,046 people in the state have died from COVID-19, while 4,817 are hospitalized and […]

Clear guidance, protocols could help Florida businesses decide best time to reopen

Apr 24, 2020
The Center Square – “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service.” Get used to it. You may see it on storefronts and office doors soon. […]

Task force: Schools reopening, affordable child care keys to reviving Florida’s economy

Apr 23, 2020
The Center Square – Reopening Florida’s 4,200 public K-12 schools is critical for the state’s 2.8 million students’ educational needs, but also for working parents who […]

Florida’s airports garner $900M in federal assistance to stay afloat

Apr 20, 2020
The Center Square – The Federal Aviation Administration will distribute nearly $900 million in emergency assistance to 129 Florida airports struggling to pay salaries and bills […]

Florida officials optimistic schools will reopen, even if only for ‘a couple of weeks’

Apr 13, 2020
The Center Square – Florida schools have been in a distance-learning mode since March 30 and are set to reopen May 4, but whether that is […]

Florida elections supervisors seek ‘flexibility,’ reject total mail-in election scenario

Apr 11, 2020
The Center Square – While most of Florida’s 67 county elections supervisors are encouraging residents to vote by mail, they say the state is not equipped […]

Cash-strapped Florida hospitals face furloughs as COVID-19 peak nears

Apr 8, 2020
The Center Square – Declining revenues fostered by the postponement of nonessential medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic has some Florida hospitals facing the brunt of […]