LT GOVERNOR TALKS ELECTIONS BILL, COVID ACTIONS WITH WEEKLY

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A 60-day legislative session in Tallahassee brought more than 260 pieces of legislation to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for signature. Last week, the governor signed two bills...

DeSantis eyes fixes to unemployment jam

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In 2019, the state of Florida handled and processed 307,000 unemployment claims. Just the last two weeks alone, just over 348,500 claims filed in. As for calls, the...

Islamorada council to pen letter urging Florida governor to halt pedestrian bridge

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An attempt by Islamorada Village Council to halt construction of a $4.68-million pedestrian bridge near Founders Park took a first step on Thursday evening. Following lengthy discussion...

DeSantis slashes $1 billion from state budget

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The good news: teachers will get their raises and the Everglades Restoration Project funding is largely intact. The bad news is that Gov. Ron DeSantis cut funding...

SCHOOL DISTRICT PONDERS STATE GRADES

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Monroe County school officials say they are undecided about whether to seek the annual grade assigned to the district by the state, until they see what other...

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...

FLORIDA KEYS STATE ATTORNEY RACE GETS HEATED

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The two candidates for state attorney of the Florida Keys’ 16th Judicial Circuit haven’t minced words when speaking of their opponents. Incumbent Republican Dennis Ward has stated at...

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNS 4 BILLS – WHY THEY MATTER

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A flurry of bills passing through the Florida legislative chambers this session were signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in recent weeks. Some address insurance reform...

Emergency help on the way from the Keys to Tallahassee

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In times of disaster, it’s usually the state capitol sending help to Monroe County. In this case, it’s the opposite. On April 6, Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi...

MATCHING BILLS IN FLA. HOUSE & SENATE WOULD KEEP CRUISE SHIPS IN KEY WEST

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A Florida Senate bill that would void Key West’s voter-approved cruise ship reduction, has found a match in the Florida House. Keys Weekly previously reported that Republican Sen....
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