New Florida Law for 20202

7 things you should have known 2 weeks ago

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In Florida, a handful of new laws went into effect at the start of the year. While the most talked-about change involves texting while driving, several others...

Vacation rental bill appears dead

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Legislation that would strip local vacation rental control won’t cross the finish line this session, state Sen. Anitere Flores says.  Senate Bill 1128, as proposed by Sen. Manny...

Key Wester Clint Barras wants to replace Raschein

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Clint Barras may be a political newcomer, but he’s been paying attention and has rolled out his campaign, website and political platform. Barras is the first Democrat to...
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FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 16 activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed...
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks after a public health emergency is announced in the state. DeSantis is pictured alongside Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and Florida’s Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees.

State, local governments taking action on various issues

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By Jim McCarthy and Sara Matthis Legislative session in Tallahassee is winding down as legislators work to approve a budget. But before they did that, members in the...

PARKS AND BEACHES

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STATE PARKS  All events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping/cabin reservations at Florida state parks have been canceled for the next 60 days. State parks remain...

State parks open, campgrounds shutting down today

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Most state parks throughout Florida and the Keys remained open as of Friday at noon, but camping and special event reservations shut down for the next 60...

Governor: Booze and food “to-go” only

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On Friday, March 20, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a new order: all restaurants and food establishments must suspend dine-in options throughout the state. This follows the directive...

$50,000 interest-free loans available for small businesses

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As the health crisis has become a financial one, the state is making it easier for eligible small businesses to apply for Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge...

What’s in the CARES Act for us?

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The U.S. federal government passed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus response bill on March 27. It’s intended to prop up U.S. workers, business and the economy. This...