Tag Archives: Florida

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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Gov. Ron DeSantis Calls Florida “God’s Waiting Room”

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis used ground zero, nursing homes and God’s waiting room all in one sentence at his press briefing on coronavirus Sunday, raising the eyebrows and the ire of a few. “Florida is ground zero for the nursing home, we’re God’s waiting room,” DeSantis said Sunday. “We have a huge number of facilities, a …

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STUDY: Miami’s Cases 16x Higher Than State Tally

The Miami Herald reports: About 6 percent of Miami-Dade’s population — about 165,000 residents — have antibodies indicating a past infection by the novel coronavirus, dwarfing the state health department’s tally of about 10,600 cases, according to preliminary study results announced by University of Miami researchers Friday. The study, spurred by Miami-Dade County officials, will be an ongoing weekly survey …

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MIAMI: Private Island Approved For COVID Bailout

The Miami Herald reports: The homeowners’ association for Fisher Island, an exclusive enclave near Miami that recently bought enough COVID-19 antibody tests for all of its residents and workers, has been approved for a $2 million loan through a federal program intended to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, according to an email the association sent Wednesday, the …

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FLORIDA: Biden +3 Over Trump In New Fox Poll

Fox News reports: Florida voters narrowly prefer presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the presidential race, as a majority says the White House was too slow in responding to the coronavirus outbreak. In a head-to-head matchup, Biden bests Trump by 46-43 percent, according to a Fox News Poll of Florida registered voters. Some of Trump’s highest support …

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Miami Officials Say Feds “Hijacked” 1 Million N95 Masks

The Miami Herald reports: Miami-Dade’s emergency arm was close to taking possession of 1 million N95 masks last week, but the shipment was “taken” by the federal government, WLRN reported. Frank Rollason, Miami-Dade’s director of Emergency Management, described the shipment as “hijacked” by federal authorities during a desperate dash to secure medical-grade masks needed to protect first responders and front-line …

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Trump Organization Lays Off Mar-A-Lago Staffers

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has furloughed 153 employees, extending the Trump Organization’s growing list of layoffs to one of the president’s favorite destinations, according to a new filing in Florida. The Palm Beach private club — where Trump often meets foreign leaders, and his recently chosen primary residence — has been closed since late March. As …

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DeSantis Reverses, Releases Tally On Nursing Homes

The Miami Herald reports: As Florida’s elder care facilities are becoming increasingly lethal incubators of the novel coronavirus, state officials revealed for the first time that 303 facilities in 45 counties have staff or residents who have tested positive for the deadly respiratory infection. The facilities were named in a list released by the Florida Department of Health after Gov. …

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Crowds Make “Mad Dash” For Reopened FL Beach

Mediaite reports: A CNN report from Jacksonville, Florida captured a “mad dash” of crowds that accompanied the reopening of that city’s beach — offering a part-hopeful and part-ominous preview of what could happen when more of country emerges from its self-imposed coronavirus lockdown. Speaking with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Friday night, reporter Randi Kaye showed footage of locals literally …

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Florida Gov Continues To Block COVID Info From Media

The Miami Herald reports: When the Miami Herald sought information from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office last month about COVID-19 deaths in the epicenter of Florida’s coronavirus outbreak, attorneys for the state health department moved to block the records from becoming public. Emails and phone conference appointments obtained through a public records request show that, while medical examiners across Florida …

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Gaetz Exposed In Shady Real Estate Deal With Donor

Politico reports: Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has spent nearly $200,000 in taxpayer funds renting an office from a longtime friend, adviser, campaign donor and legal client. Both men said in separate interviews Gaetz paid below market rent for the space — although Gaetz later shifted, saying the rent was “at or below market rate.” House rules explicitly state such …

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FL Nursing Homes Ask DeSantis For Lawsuit Immunity

The Miami Herald reports: The decades-long quest of Florida elder-care facilities to secure greater protections against negligence lawsuits may get a boost from the unlikeliest of events: a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that is ravaging their residents. A trade group for Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to extend the state’s sovereign immunity provisions to the industry and …

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Shelter Celebrates: We’re Out Of Dogs For First Time

Some good news amid the incessant chaos: Volunteers at the Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control erupted in joyful celebration over a completely empty kennel. The milestone happened at the West Palm Beach, Florida, shelter’s stray housing and adoption overflow kennel, where all of the dogs were happily adopted. Many shelters have been reporting an increase in …

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DeSantis Defends WWE Move: We’re Watching Reruns

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday defended declaring professional wrestling an essential service and raised the possibility of holding other televised sporting events in empty venues as people shelter at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis said people are “starved” for new entertainment, a day after it was reported he gave the green light to the …

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Huckabee Loses Battle To Reopen His “Private Beach”

The Florida Times reports: Federal Judge Roger Vinson today in Pensacola denied a request for an emergency preliminary injunction in favor of Mike Huckabee and other Florida beachfront landowners against a Walton County order closing the beach in front of their houses during the coronavirus crisis. The hearing was closed to the public. Only attorneys joined the conference call. But …

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DeSantis Rules Pro Wrestling As An Essential Business, Wife Of WWE Owner Is Head Of Pro-Trump Super PAC

ESPN reports: WWE was deemed an “essential business” in Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday, allowing the company to resume live television shows from its Orlando training facility and Full Sail University in Winter Park. The decision, outlined in an April 9 memo from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, could open the door for other sports to resume in …

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Private Florida Island Buys Thousands Of COVID Tests

The Miami Herald reports: Fisher Island — an exclusive enclave of multimillion-dollar condos and homes and one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the country — has purchased thousands of rapid COVID-19 blood test kits from the University of Miami Health System for all of its residents and workers. The private island, set along Government Cut and nestled between Miami …

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FL Surgeon General Gets Yanked Out Of Gov’s Presser After Saying Precautions Should Continue Until Vaccine

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Floridians will be keeping their distance and wearing face masks for up to a year until a COVID-19 vaccine exists, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Monday. Rivkees told reporters that Floridians needed to get used to current precautions, such as avoiding crowds of 10 or more and wearing face masks in public. “Until we …

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