Tag Archives: Florida

FL Cop Suspended Over Offer To Hire Abusive Officers

USA Today reports: Bert Gamin, the president of a Fraternal Order of Police chapter in Florida has been suspended with pay from his position with a local sheriff’s office, pending an internal affairs investigation into the “unprofessionalism” of a Facebook post recruiting officers disciplined and charged in violent incidents, an official announced Tuesday. “Yesterday afternoon I authorized an internal investigation …

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Jacksonville City Council Votes Tonight On Reinstating LGBT Rights Law Struck Down Due To Hate Group Suit

The Florida Times-Union reports: The Jacksonville City Council is expected on Tuesday to vote on a replacement for the city’s recently struck-down law that prohibited discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which fares a strong chance of passing after earning preliminary support from a veto-proof majority of the council. The replacement law last week won 13 favorable votes …

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FL Police Union Offers To Hire Cops Fired For Brutality

CNN reports: As the cries for police reform grow louder across the nation, some police departments are holding their officers accountable, firing or suspending those accused of excessive force during recent protests. One Florida police organization has said it will re-hire those very officers accused of misconduct, and that offer is prompting outrage. On Saturday, the Brevard County chapter of …

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Florida Gov Would “Love” To Host GOP Convention

Florida Politics reports: The Republican National Convention may or may not be up for a move, but the Governor is vying for it nonetheless. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he would welcome the Republican National Convention, if it actually is moved from Charlotte to Florida. He then extended the same courtesy to the Democratic National Convention. “Florida would love to …

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Theme Park: We’ll Be Open But You Might Get COVID

The New York Post reports: “Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit,” reads a disclaimer on the park’s website. The blunt notice came alongside Universal’s announcement that its Florida theme parks would welcome visitors again on June …

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Federal Court Overturns Florida “Poll Tax” On Felons

Tallahassee’s NBC News affiliate reports: A federal judge has ruled that the Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe. The 125-page ruling issued late Sunday by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee …

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Trump To Attend Joint NASA-Space X Launch In Florida

How to sneak in a trip to Mar-A-Lago: President Trump will travel to Florida for the historic SpaceX launch next week, the White House said Friday. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are being prepared for a historic Demo-2 mission on Wednesday, which will launch NASA astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. …

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Researchers Warn: Second Wave In Red State Hotspots

The Washington Post reports: Dallas, Houston, Southeast Florida’s Gold Coast, the entire state of Alabama and several other places in the South that have been rapidly reopening their economies are in danger of a second wave of coronavirus infections over the next four weeks, according to a research team that uses cellphone data to track social mobility and forecast the …

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AP: States Are Twisting Data To Advance Reopenings

The Associated Press reports: Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. In Virginia, Texas and Vermont, for example, officials said they have been combining the results of viral tests, which show an active infection, with antibody tests, …

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DeSantis: Claims Of Fake COVID Data Are A “Nonissue”

The Sarasota Herald reports: Facing an explosive charge that his administration is manipulating coronavirus data to help make the case for reopening Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis played down the controversy today as a “nonissue.” Rebekah Jones, a data expert at the Florida Department of Health, told FLORIDA TODAY that she was fired on Monday. And she said in an email …

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Florida Health Official: I Just Got Fired For Refusing To Fake COVID Data To “Drum Up Support” For Opening

Florida Today reports: Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post, causing outcry from independent researchers now worried about government censorship. The site was created by a team of Florida Department of Health data scientists and public health …

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Florida Keys To Lift Tourist Roadblocks On June 1st

USA Today reports: The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on June 1, more than two months after the island chain closed to visitors to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Checkpoints that barred visitors from coming into the Florida Keys will be removed next month and hotels and other lodging establishments, including campgrounds and vacation rentals, will also be …

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Joe Biden +6 Over Trump In Battleground State Florida

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 6-point lead over President Trump in Florida, according to a Florida Atlantic University poll released Friday. The poll, which was conducted May 8-12 and reported a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, showed Biden at 53 percent support while Trump got 47 percent. In a March poll from the …

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Miami-Dade Readies For Limited Opening Next Week

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Mayor Carlos Gimenez released Miami-Dade County’s new guidelines on Wednesday afternoon aiming to reopen some nonessential businesses on Monday. The 184-page document is a proposal that Gimenez sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis in an effort to allow some people to get back to work. DeSantis still has to approve Gimenez’s plan. DeSantis’ first reopening order …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Florida Shopper Screams About False Flags And Fake Pandemic After Refusing To Wear Mask

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A man who was stopped at a Miami Beach Publix for not wearing a mask was caught on body camera footage going on a profanity-laced rant. On Sunday night, just before the Publix closed, an unidentified man was denied entrance to the store. And it set him off. “You are in violation of my f—— …

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DeSantis: South Florida Counties To Reopen “Soon”

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Citing positive coronavirus trends in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday the region likely would start Phase 1 of reopening “soon,” but he didn’t offer a timetable. “There’s been good trends; there’s been a lot of great work in all three of these counties,” he said at a news conference …

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Florida Cultists Parade Hundreds Of “MAGA Boats”

The Palm Beach Post reports: A fleet of more than 300 boats paraded along the Intracoastal waterway Sunday in support of President Donald Trump with flag-waving spectators cheering from canal banks and seawalls. The procession, which traveled from Jupiter to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and back, was dubbed “Trumptilla” by some supporters, who learned of the pageant through Facebook. It …

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Florida Gov Unveils Plan For “Step By Step” Reopening

NBC News reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan Wednesday night to lift the state’s stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus crisis that he called “safe, smart and step by step.” The plan will go into effect Monday in every county except Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, where most of the state’s COVID-19 cases have been reported, DeSantis said. …

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Florida Officials Withholding Full COVID Deaths Tally

The Tampa Bay Times reports: State officials have stopped releasing the list of coronavirus deaths being compiled by Florida’s medical examiners, which has at times shown a higher death toll than the state’s published count. The list had previously been released in real time by the state Medical Examiners Commission. But earlier this month, after the Tampa Bay Times reported …

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South Florida Public Recreation Areas Reopen [VIDEO]

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports: On Wednesday, Miami-Dade and Broward counties began the first phase of what could be a long process of re-opening South Florida. Most parks, waterways, boat ramps, and other public areas have reopened to residents who spent weeks staying at home and social distancing. The re-opening, however, comes with a lot of restrictions. Everyone must wear …

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