February 8, 2023

News Service of Florida

DeSantis Would Get Power In Reedy Creek Overhaul

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House on Monday proposed an overhaul of the Reedy Creek Improvement District that would give power to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who targeted the district last year... Read more »
Published on 2/7/2023

Senators back social-media instruction

A proposal that would require the Florida Department of Education to make instruction on “social media safety” available for students began advancing Tuesday in the Senate. School districts would be... Read more »
Published on 2/7/2023

Medicaid minimum wage challenges rejected

TALLAHASSEE — An administrative law judge has rejected challenges by two health-care groups to the way state Medicaid officials have carried out a requirement that “direct care” workers get paid... Read more »
Published on 2/7/2023

DiBella Tapped to Lead Enterprise Florida

The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors on Monday formally elevated Laura DiBella to run the business-recruitment agency. DiBella, whose new title is secretary of commerce in addition to being president... Read more »
Published on 2/6/2023

Dogs in Bars Draw Fight

Bars in Tampa and Orlando are challenging the Florida Department of Health over decisions to block dogs from being in the establishments. Pups Pub Tampa and Pups Pub Orlando filed... Read more »
Published on 2/6/2023

Gasoline Prices Down in Past Week

Prices at the pump in Florida dipped during the past week, a trend expected to continue in the short term after increases in January. The AAA auto club said the... Read more »
Published on 2/6/2023

Florida may require disclosure of flooding in homes for sale

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are expected to consider proposals that would require people selling real estate to tell buyers about whether the property has suffered damage from flooding. The bills... Read more »
Published on 2/5/2023

State Moves Forward on Marijuana Licenses

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida health officials will accept applications for 22 medical-marijuana licenses in late April, in a long-awaited move announced Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration. An emergency rule about... Read more »
Published on 2/5/2023

Special Session Called on Reedy Creek, Other Issues

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida lawmakers will start a special legislative session Monday that is expected to lead to state control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which Gov. Ron DeSantis targeted... Read more »
Published on 2/5/2023

Recreational Pot Proposal Clears Initial Hurdle

TALLAHASSEE --- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recreational use of marijuana have passed a preliminary hurdle to get on the 2024 ballot, submitting more than enough... Read more »
Published on 2/3/2023

Visit Florida Targets Ian 'Misperceptions'

Visit Florida is set to move into the final phase of a $5 million marketing effort aimed at offsetting “negative” impressions the tourism-marketing agency says were created by media coverage... Read more »
Published on 2/3/2023

Tax plan ranges from diapers to gas stoves

TALLAHASSEE --- As part of a record $114.8 billion budget proposal released Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis is seeking wide-ranging tax breaks that build on current toll-road rebates and tap into... Read more »
Published on 2/2/2023

Citizens Insurance picks a new CEO. ‘The timing is very critical for us.'

TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to a need to move quickly, the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Board of Governors on Tuesday chose Tim Cerio to become president and CEO of the state-backed... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2023

Citizens Insurance picks a new CEO. ‘The timing is very critical for us.'

TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to a need to move quickly, the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Board of Governors on Tuesday chose Tim Cerio to become president and CEO of the state-backed... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2023

Ian recovery helps boost tax collections

TALLAHASSEE --- Hurricane Ian recovery efforts helped state general-revenue tax collections in December that topped projections by 14.9 percent. But in a report released Tuesday, economists continued to express concerns... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2023

Florida may kill unanimous jury rule for the death penalty

TALLAHASSEE — With backing from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida lawmakers could scrap a requirement that unanimous jury recommendations are needed before death sentences can be imposed. Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Seminole,... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2023

DeSantis Seeks to Put Road Work in Overdrive

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday pitched a $7 billion proposal to speed completion of 20 highway projects as a deadline nears for him to roll out a budget... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2023

Judge Dismisses Migrant Records Case

TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the Florida Department of Transportation and a contractor did not fully comply with public-records requests about controversial... Read more »
Published on 1/30/2023

Florida Grapples With International Tourism Lag

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida tourism leaders continue to fret over a lag in international visitors as the industry anticipates tourism numbers for the final three months of 2022. While Visit Florida,... Read more »
Published on 1/30/2023

Demand, Refinery Shutdowns Boost Gas Prices

With global demand up and refining capacity down, average gasoline prices have jumped 57 cents a gallon in Florida since the end-of-the year holidays. Florida motorists Monday were paying an... Read more »
Published on 1/30/2023

Florida, National Jobless Claims Drop

First-time unemployment claims in Florida dropped about 25 percent last week, while claims nationally were the lowest since April. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday issued a report that... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2023

Startup Andi Launches ChatGPT Alternative – the First Generative AI Search Assistant that Provides Factually Accurate, Summarized Results

 Andi, which is building search for the next generation, announced today that after a months-long stealth period in which it attracted 50,000 users purely by word of mouth, it’s now generally... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2023

Florida lawmakers are considering more oversight of local utilities

TALLAHASSEE — Florida House members Tuesday raised the possibility of giving state regulators more oversight of municipal utilities. Members of the House Energy, Communications & Cybersecurity Subcommittee repeatedly touched on... Read more »
Published on 1/25/2023

More Bonus Money Sought for Police Recruiting

TALLAHASSEE --- After distributing over $6.2 million to recruit new law-enforcement officers from across the country since July 1, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is seeking $30 million to continue the... Read more »
Published on 1/25/2023

Florida will pay more than $1.3 million in Medicaid transgender case

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has authorized more than $1.3 million for legal and expert-witness fees in the state’s effort to ban Medicaid coverage of treatments for transgender people,... Read more »
Published on 1/24/2023

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Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum
Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum

The 26-foot-long dinosaur made history when it was first discovered in South Dakota in 2014. And it made history again in 2021 when it fetched a record $7.7 million at an auction in Paris, the most ever paid for ancient bones that weren’t a T. rex. The winning bid came from Tampa entrepreneur Sidd Pagidipati, chairperson of Ayon Capitol and Better Health Group. He is lending Big John to the museum for the next three years.

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