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    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After focusing almost exclusively since December on vaccinating seniors, Gov. Ron DeSantis has cleared the way for more people under age 65 to receive shots if they are “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19. DeSantis issued an executive order late Friday afternoon that allows physicians to vaccinate people who are deemed “extremely vulnerable” to the disease. The executive order also will allow advanced practice registered nurses and pharmacists to provide shots to such people if physicians determine that the recipients are extremely vulnerable. READ MORE: Drew Barrymore Discusses New Show & Her Passion To Help Others Under a December 23 executive order, hospitals — but not the other types of health-care providers — were allowed to vaccinate people considered extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. But the primary focus of the December order was DeSantis’ push to vaccinate people age 65 or older. DeSantis’ office did not issue an announcement about...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh. The county’s courthouse flags remained at full staff, ignoring Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Tuesday afternoon order directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. Those flags were lowered. READ MORE: Florida Man Accused Of Starving Dogs To Death Inside Abandoned Home Palm Beach County would only say it followed “normal protocols” on Wednesday, but Commissioner Melissa McKinlay posted a statement on Twitter saying, “The lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions, such as in remembrance of the young lives lost during the Parkland High School massacre or first-responder line...
    Palm Beach County, Fla., officials will not lower courthouse flags to half-staff to commemorate the late talk radio host Rush Limbaugh despite an order by Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisTrump to attend private RNC donor retreat DeSantis easily defeats Rubio, Scott in hypothetical presidential primary: poll Florida official tells offices to disregard DeSantis order to lower flags in Limbaugh's honor MORE (R), the Associated Press reported. In a statement Wednesday, County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said on Twitter “The lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions, such as in remembrance of the young lives lost during the Parkland High School massacre or first responder line of duty deaths." “Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions,” she added. Palm Beach County will not lower its courthouse flag tomorrow. https://t.co/8e2sTdzjsQ pic.twitter.com/XmMwfbZVZl— Melissa...
    Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay announced that she will refuse Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) order to lower flags in Rush Limbaugh’s home county. As conservatives mourn the radio host’s passing from lung cancer last week at the age of 70, DeSantis has ordered flags in the state be flown at half-staff in Limbaugh’s honor. Even though the radio host was a longtime resident of Palm Beach, McKinlay announced on Twitter that she won’t lower the flags for Limbaugh because of his controversial legacy as a divisive public figure. “The lowering of flags should be a unifying gesture during solemn occasions, such as in remembrance of the young lives lost during the Parkland High School massacre or first-responder line of duty deaths,” said McKinlay. “Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving ahead with plans to honor recently deceased conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh by lowering flags to half-staff despite protests from some public officials who don’t see Limbaugh as worthy of the honor. DeSantis announced Tuesday that he was directing the U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach, the City Hall of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. A longtime resident of Palm Beach, Limbaugh, 70, died of lung cancer last Wednesday. DeSantis called Limbaugh a legend during a news conference two days later and indicated that he would direct flags to be flown at half-staff to honor him. But many Democrats objected. Nikki Fried, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and the only statewide Democratic officeholder, said Monday that she would not...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is calling on Florida mayors not to lower their flags in honor of the late talk radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh, a move which would be in defiance of an order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). “Rush Limbaugh spent his career normalizing and popularizing hatred and bigotry against people of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. He built a brand around disgusting insults, bolstering rape culture, spewing lies about the AIDS crisis, and nonstop bullying,” Wasserman Schultz wrote in a letter to local mayors. The Florida Democrat congresswoman added: The targets of his attacks often received death threats from his sycophantic fan base. To the end, he stoked the environment that led to an insurrectionist attack on our Capitol, and dismissed calls to end such violence. American political discourse is in a dangerous state. Our country is the most divided it has been since the Civil...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried plans to defy Gov. Ron DeSantis who will order flags to be flown at half staff at state buildings to honor the conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. “The guy was an absolute legend,” DeSantis explained. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.” READ MORE: Broward Sheriffs Office Working To Put The Brakes On Pricey Car Thefts Which is a matter of debate. While there’s no question that Limbaugh is an icon for many conservatives, and laid the groundwork for the rise of President Donald Trump, he was also a voice of intolerance on matters of race, gender, and ethnicity. That mixed legacy for Limbaugh has led some in the state to question whether Limbaugh is the sort of person who should be honored with flags being lowered to half-staff. Fried is leading that charge. “The American flag...
    Florida officials defy Gov. Ron Desantis' order to lower flags in honor of Limbaugh
    A top Florida official is sounding off on an order by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) that flags at all state offices be lowered to honor Rush Limbaugh. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried (D) — the only Democrat currently holding statewide office in Florida — blasted the governor for issuing the order to honor Limbaugh, and explained why she plans to defy it. “The American flag should not be used, and cannot be used, as a political prop by Governor DeSantis,” Fried said. “And what he’s doing is bending over backwards to honor a radio host who spent his entire career talking hate speech, and talking bigotry and division and conspiracy theories. And lowering our flag should be a symbol of unity, not division. Raising our standards, not lowering our standards. So we will not be lowering our flags at my department state offices to...
    Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat, says she will not follow a directive by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fly flags at half-staff in remembrance of the late radio host Rush Limbaugh. Fried said she won’t lower any flags at state offices under her direction, according to a statement on her department’s website. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” she said in a statement. “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the governors forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There is a flag fight brewing in Florida between Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Governor Ron DeSantis over his plan to lower flags across the state to honor the late controversial radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh died last week of lung cancer at the age of 70. READ MORE: Miami-Dade PD Needs Help Finding 14-Year-Old Juan Velasquez Jr. At a news conference in West Palm Beach on Friday, Governor DeSantis announced he will order state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the Palm Beach resident, once his funeral arrangements are announced. However, the unflinchingly conservative, and wildly partisan talk show host, does not fit within the State’s protocol for lowering the State flag and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Monday she won’t let it happen. In a statement released Monday, Fried wrote, “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America...
    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is refusing to follow an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to lower flags at state buildings to half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, saying that lowering the flags should “reflect unity, not division.” Limbaugh, a long time resident of Palm Beach, Fl., passed away last Wednesday at the age of 70 due to complications from lung cancer. Last Friday, DeSantis announced that he would order flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff as soon as the date was set for Limbaugh’s memorial service. Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, issued a statement on Monday that she would “issue direction to state offices under her purview” to “disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order” regarding the flags: Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) announced Monday that she will request state offices under her direction to ignore Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) order to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the late radio talk host icon, Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said in a statement obtained by WFLA. “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.” On Friday, DeSantis said...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) on Monday said that she will direct offices under her purview to disregard Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCrist calls on DOJ to investigate DeSantis over coronavirus vaccine distribution Governors in hot water over their coronavirus response Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving White House MORE’s (R) order to lower flags to half-staff to commemorate the late conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool. Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor's forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division,” Fried said in a statement Monday. “Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising...
    (CNN)Florida's governor announced he'll order flags in the state flown at half-staff to honor the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, whom he called "an absolute legend" and "a great person.""Once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we're going to be lowering the flags to half-staff," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday at a news conference in West Palm Beach.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference on Friday in West Palm Beach.The governor said the honor is "what we do when there's things of this magnitude."The move doesn't seem to fit the state's flag protocol, which calls for flags to be flown at half-staff "in the event of the death of a present or former official of the Florida State government or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from Florida who dies while serving on active duty."Fight over Rush Limbaughs true legacy began immediately...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that he would order flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of longtime Sunshine State resident and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier this week. "What we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff," DeSantis said at a political rally in West Palm Beach. .@GovRonDeSantis announces flags will be lowered to half-staff in Florida to honor Rush Limbaugh.pic.twitter.com/g8I8ZFr8NY— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 19, 2021 Limbaugh died at his Palm Beach home at the age of 70 on Wednesday, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Lawmakers, fans, and pundits around the country commemorated the radio host, who was as hated by liberals as he was beloved by conservatives. 'AMERICAN HERO:' TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH In a...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Friday he intends to order flags in his state to half-mast in honor of the late conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh. “I know they’re still figuring out arrangements. But what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” DeSantis said at an event in a Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach, where he was providing an update on his state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said in a statement released on Wednesday that he and his wife were “saddened” to learn of Limbaugh’s passing and said, “We don’t know who will succeed rush as America’s anchorman, but we do know that nobody will ever replace him.” DeSantis was joined at Friday’s event by Limbaugh’s long-time producer, James “Bo Snerdley” Golden, who called...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Driving home with sealed mixed drinks or other alcoholic libations as part of “to go” meals, an option allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic to help restaurants, moved closer Tuesday to becoming permanent in Florida. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee became the first legislative panel to support a proposal (SB 148) to put into law an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis that allows restaurants to include alcoholic drinks or bottles as part of take-home meals. RELATED: Were Concerned: COVID Mutations Affecting The Effectiveness Of Some Vaccines Bill sponsor Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, amended her proposal on Tuesday to limit the “to go” option to licensed restaurants, cap individual container sizes at 32 ounces and require motorists to place the drinks in locked compartments, vehicle trunks or in areas behind the last upright seats in vehicles. “The idea of the bill is to make sure that what we’re...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Days after asking The Florida Bar to consider sanctioning an attorney who made national headlines by dressing as the Grim Reaper to criticize Gov. Ron DeSantis’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, an appeals court took the rare step of ordering a state prosecutor to pursue discipline against Santa Rosa Beach lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday asked the Bar to consider imposing sanctions against Uhlfelder because of an appeal he filed in a lawsuit that sought to force DeSantis to close the state’s beaches during the pandemic. The panel said there was “no good-faith basis” for the appeal and accused Uhlfelder and his lawyers of using “this court merely as a stage from which to act out their version of political theater.” RELATED: Florida Appeals Court Refers ‘Grim Reaper’ Beach Case To Florida Bar Responding to the decision,...
    TAMPA (CBSMiami/CNN) – Governor Ron DeSantis has an explanation, of sorts, after being photographed not wearing a mask while watching Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. In a photo that was circulated widely on Twitter Sunday night, DeSantis is shown in a stadium suite — mask-less and far closer than six feet away from someone with whom he is speaking. A person with a mask on is visible in the next suite. RELATED: Floridas Safe Haven Law May Expand To Include Baby Boxes What do you notice about Ron DeSantis at the Super Bowl? pic.twitter.com/BqjFX7bthQ — Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) February 8, 2021 Politico’s Marc Caputo tweeted that when he ran into DeSantis, the governor brought up the above photo without prompting and said: “Someone said, ‘hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask’ … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reportedly defended the decision by many who attended his state’s sporting event over the weekend to abstain from wearing face coverings. “Someone said, ‘Hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask’ … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?” DeSantis said, according to Politico. “Come on. I had to watch the Bucs win.” Tampa hosted Super Bowl LV on Sunday, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Many attendees flouted an order by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (D) requiring people in the city to wear masks indoors and in some outdoor locations. Some critics also chided Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady for failing to wear a mask when he entered the stadium, and when he accepted the Super Bowl 2021 trophy. Castor’s rule came attached with a $500...
    (CNN)Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis was one of 22,000 (or so) fans who got a chance to watch Super Bowl LV -- won by his state's Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- in person on Sunday night. How did he celebrate such a unique opportunity? By disobeying the Covid-19 rules laid out by the city of Tampa -- most notably a mask mandate for those in the stadium.In a photo that was circulated widely on Twitter Sunday night, DeSantis is shown in a stadium suite -- mask-less and far closer than six feet away from someone with whom he is speaking. A person with a mask on is visible in the next suite. Here's the photo: What do you notice about Ron DeSantis at the Super Bowl? pic.twitter.com/BqjFX7bthQ— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) February 8, 2021 Politico's Marc Caputo tweeted that when he ran into DeSantis, the governor brought up the above photo without...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott each ordered their National Guard troops to leave Washington, D.C. after reports emerged that soldiers were staying inside a parking garage near the Capitol building. Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 22, 2021 I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state. @TexasGuard — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2021 “They’re soldiers,” DeSantis told Fox News during an interview. “They’re not Nancy Pelosi’s servants. And this comes on the backend of them trying to investigate the backgrounds of our guardsmen … This is a half-cocked mission at this point.” The troops had been told to leave the U.S. Capitol and other congressional buildings Thursday evening, according to Politico. The U.S. Capitol...
    Govs. Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott announced that they are bringing their National Guard troops back from Washington, D.C., after reports they were posted up in a parking garage near the Capitol to rest during their shifts, a move that caused outrage at the treatment of the servicemembers.  The U.S. Capitol Police ordered the troops to move their rest area during their 12-hour shifts from inside the Capitol to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage. The decision was reversed early Friday, with troops now authorized by the U.S. Capitol Police Watch Commander to take their breaks near Emancipation Hall.  "We remain an agile and flexible force to provide for the safety and security of the Capitol and its surrounding areas," a National Guard Bureau spokesperson said. "Our troops are going to hotel rooms or other comfortable accommodations at the end of their shifts." But DeSantis, a Republican, is still bringing Florida's National Guard...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis strongly reaffirmed his opposition to local government officials’ attempts to impose their own rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying Wednesday that such measures “are not effective.” Appearing at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola on Wednesday to discuss the state’s vaccination efforts, DeSantis reiterated his position that mandates, lockdowns, and fines for violating mask restrictions don’t work. “We will categorically not allow any local government to lock people down. We will not let any local government kick anybody out of their job,” DeSantis told reporters when asked about local officials’ requests for more control over coronavirus mitigation measures. “We will not let any local government fine individual Floridians. We will not let any local government shut down schools. And we’re not going to let any local governments do those things.” The governor’s comments came the same day the state broke its single-day coronavirus...
    PHOTO VIA NSFGov. Ron DeSantis strongly reaffirmed his opposition to local government officials’ attempts to impose their own rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying Wednesday that such measures “are not effective.” Appearing at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola to discuss the state’s vaccination efforts, DeSantis reiterated his position that mandates, lockdowns, and fines for violating mask restrictions don’t work. “We will categorically not allow any local government to lock people down. We will not let any local government kick anybody out of their job,” DeSantis told reporters, when asked about local officials’ requests for more control over coronavirus mitigation measures. “We will not let any local government fine individual Floridians. We will not let any local government shut down schools. And we're not going to let any local governments do those things.” DeSantis last fall moved the state into the final phase of reopening, following widespread spring shutdowns....
    Florida has joined Texas and California as the only states in the Union to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases, but its Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, continues to resist calls to impose a statewide lockdown. DeSantis has gone so far as to mandate that schools be open while mocking those who support a closure of schools as 'flat-earthers.'  The Department of Health released new data on Tuesday indicating that the Sunshine State reached the grim milestone. The department said that 8,847 new cases were added to the tally on Tuesday, pushing the total thus far during the pandemic to 1,008,166 cases. As of Tuesday, 18,679 Floridians have died. A health care employee works at a COVID-19 testing site in the Crandon Park section of Miami on Saturday. Florida's Department of Health has reported that the statewide COVID-19 case count has surpassed 1 million Florida joins Texas and California as...
    By Madeline Holcombe | CNN Florida is now the third state to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases. After 8,847 new cases were added Tuesday, the state has now recorded 1,008,166 cases and 18,679 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The only other states to have reported more than 1 million cases are Texas and California. The daunting milestone came the day after Gov. Ron DeSantis held his first news conference in 26 days, doubling down on keeping schools open for in-person instruction in the spring. “Closing schools due to the coronavirus is the biggest public health blunder in modern American history,” DeSantis said, adding that the vast majority of parents in Florida opted to enroll their children in brick-and-mortar schools. He also scoffed at questions over mask mandates, claiming that similar policies have not stopped surges in other states. “I’m opposed to mandates, period. I don’t...
    (CNN)Florida is now the third state to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases.After 8,847 new cases were added Tuesday, the state has now recorded 1,008,166 cases and 18,679 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The only other states to have reported more than 1 million cases are Texas and California.The daunting milestone came the day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held his first news conference in 26 days, doubling down on keeping schools open for in-person instruction in the spring. "Closing schools due to the coronavirus is the biggest public health blunder in modern American history," DeSantis said, adding that the vast majority of parents in Florida opted to enroll their children in brick-and-mortar schools.He also scoffed at questions over mask mandates, claiming that similar policies have not stopped surges in other states.Read More"I'm opposed to mandates, period. I don't think they work," he said.Texas becomes the...
    PHOTO VIA NSFPublic school instruction will continue in-person and online this spring as coronavirus cases continue to increase across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Monday. Appearing at Boggy Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee, DeSantis supported a new order by Corcoran that will keep the online option available and provide protections for school-district funding. But DeSantis and Corcoran emphasized the importance of in-person learning. The order requires students struggling with virtual learning to shift to brick-and-mortar classrooms unless their parents formally object. “The data and the evidence is overwhelmingly clear, virtual learning is just not the same as being in person,” said DeSantis, who has argued that schools are safe amid the pandemic. “We wanted to figure out a way to still offer the parents choice, but to really put the onus on the school districts to be monitoring this, and when they see students fall...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been on the receiving end of criticism following his decision to extend an order blocking the shutdown of businesses and the enforcement of mask mandates across the Sunshine State, with one notable Democrat accusing him of continuing a “killing spree.” This week, DeSantis extended his September order, which lifted key coronavirus restrictions in the state. The order allowed bars and restaurants to operate at full capacity at the state level and set the ground rule that businesses can operate at a minimum of 50 percent capacity regardless of local restrictions. It essentially placed the burden on local governments, requiring them to justify further restrictions to the state before implementation. Florida “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently extended a September order that prohibited the local enforcement of mask mandates and business restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s renewed order, which was originally issued Sept. 25, prevents local government from infringing on businesses’ operations, forbids local governments from forcing restaurants to limit indoor capacity to 50% capacity and suspended fine collection for mask ordinance violations, according to CBS Miami. The governor’s order did not outright forbid mask mandates, the local outlet reported. The extension detailed that Florida “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business,” according to CBS Miami. People wait inside vehicles at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Miami Beach, Florida on November 17, 2020 (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images). DeSantis’ mandate will remain...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis has extended a September executive order aimed at preventing business shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-page extension, issued Tuesday, said the state “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business.” The extension is slated to last as long as Florida remains under a state of emergency during the pandemic. The September 25 order barred local emergency ordinances that could “prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” It also prevented local governments from requiring restaurants to operate below 50 percent indoor capacity and required local governments to quantify the economic impact and the public-health need for limits on indoor capacity below 100 percent. More from CBSMiami.com COVID In Miami-Dade: Mayor Daniella...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) extended his order blocking local governments from enforcing mask mandates across the Sunshine State. DeSantis, who said that Florida will “never do any of these lockdowns again, extended the order he issued in September, which lifted key restrictions in the state and suspended fines for breaking local protocols in relation to mask-wearing. “Just as an act of executive grace, all outstanding fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals are suspended,” DeSantis announced at the time of the initial order. “I think we need to get away from trying to penalize people for not social distancing and work with people constructively,” he added. His decision to extend his order follows pressure from several Florida mayors, who are calling for a statewide mask mandate. “Having a mandatory mask mandate throughout the state so there’s consistency, allowing us as individual counties and cities to determine what other...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed through a measure banning local cities from enforcing mask mandates amid sky-high statewide coronavirus infection rates, according to a report Wednesday. The measure, which extends an executive order DeSantis signed in September, prevents local governments from fining folks who fail to mask up — and from ordering restaurants to close without public health or economic data to justify the move, according to clickorlando.com. The order signals the Sunshine State’s move into “phase 3” of the pandemic — meaning restaurants, bars and salons will be allowed to reopen at full capacity, the outlet reported. Florida’s relaxed enforcement plan comes as a second wave of COVID-19 slams the US, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 260,000 nationally — and prompting other states to add stricter safety regulations. It also comes after a Florida mayor shut down a bar in his county over the...
    Photo via Ron DeSantis/TwitterGov. Ron DeSantis has extended a September executive order aimed at preventing business shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-page extension, issued Tuesday, said the state “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business.” The extension is slated to last as long as Florida remains under a state of emergency during the pandemic. The Sept. 25 order barred local emergency ordinances that could “prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” It also prevented local governments from requiring restaurants to operate below 50 percent indoor capacity and required local governments to quantify the economic impact and the public-health need for limits on indoor capacity below 100 percent. The September order also suspended the collection of penalties and fines...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis has extended a September executive order aimed at preventing business shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-page extension, issued Tuesday, said the state “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business.” The extension is slated to last as long as Florida remains under a state of emergency during the pandemic. The September 25 order barred local emergency ordinances that could “prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” It also prevented local governments from requiring restaurants to operate below 50 percent indoor capacity and required local governments to quantify the economic impact and the public-health need for limits on indoor capacity below 100 percent. More from CBSMiami.com COVID In Miami-Dade: Mayor Daniella...
    By Madeline Holcombe, Rosa Flores and Denise Royal | CNN Since Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened Florida in late September, the number of reported Covid-19 cases per week in the state has tripled. On September 25, DeSantis signed an executive order reopening the state, freeing restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity. In the week leading up to the order, Florida reported more than 17,000 new cases. In the past 7 days, the state has reported more than 53,000 — meaning three times more Floridians have tested positive in the past week than in the week before the reopening. As the US grapples with the worst month yet in the pandemic for coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, Florida is nearing 1 million cases. As of Monday morning, the state had reported 938,414 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In an effort to curb the spread of the virus, a...
    (CNN)Since Gov. Ron DeSantis reopened Florida in late September, the number of reported Covid-19 cases per week in the state has tripled.On September 25, DeSantis signed an executive order reopening the state, freeing restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity. In the week leading up to the order, Florida reported more than 17,000 new cases. In the past 7 days, the state has reported more than 53,000 -- meaning three times more Floridians have tested positive in the past week than in the week before the reopening. As the US grapples with the worst month yet in the pandemic for coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, Florida is nearing 1 million cases. As of Monday morning, the state had reported 938,414 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.In an effort to curb the spread of the virus, a bipartisan group of mayors from across the state asked DeSantis last week...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesTrying to end months of legal wrangling, the state is urging an appeals court to keep in place a decision that backed Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in a fight about reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys for DeSantis and Corcoran filed documents late Tuesday asking the 1st District Court of Appeal to deny requests by the Florida Education Association teachers union and other plaintiffs for a rehearing in the high-profile case. The plaintiffs last month sought a rehearing after a three-judge panel of the appeals court overturned a circuit judge’s ruling that said Corcoran violated the Florida Constitution when he issued a July order aimed at reopening schools. The plaintiffs filed two similar motions asking for a rehearing by the three-judge panel or by the full appeals court, a request known as seeking an “en banc” hearing. But in the documents filed...
    TALLAHASSSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — An executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help reopen the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic does not block Miami-Dade County from imposing a curfew, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. A panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal rejected arguments by Tootsie’s Cabaret strip club that the executive order “preempts” the curfew, which was imposed from midnight to 6 a.m. and was aimed at preventing spread of the virus. Attorneys for the strip club pointed to part of a September executive order by DeSantis that said local governments could not take COVID-19 emergency actions that would “prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” A circuit judge ruled in favor of the club, but the appeals court reversed that decision. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Fort Lauderdale Police Find Missing Brothers Alando Brown & Tavaris Johnson Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Supports Pro-Trump Caravan That...
    TALLAHASSSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — An executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help reopen the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic does not block Miami-Dade County from imposing a curfew, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. A panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal rejected arguments by Tootsie’s Cabaret strip club that the executive order “preempts” the curfew, which was imposed from midnight to 6 a.m. and was aimed at preventing spread of the virus. Attorneys for the strip club pointed to part of a September executive order by DeSantis that said local governments could not take COVID-19 emergency actions that would “prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.” A circuit judge ruled in favor of the club, but the appeals court reversed that decision. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Fort Lauderdale Police Find Missing Brothers Alando Brown & Tavaris Johnson Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Supports Pro-Trump Caravan That...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Pointing to a move by the federal government to halt evictions, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday let expire an executive order aimed at limiting evictions and foreclosures. DeSantis on Aug. 31 approved a one-month extension of an order to prevent foreclosures and evictions involving residents “adversely” affected by COVID-19. That order made clear foreclosures and evictions could move forward in circumstances unrelated to the pandemic, such as for non-payment of rent. But on Sept. 4, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order to halt evictions through the end of the year “to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.” In a memo Wednesday, DeSantis said he was allowing his executive order to expire to avoid confusion. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently enacted a nationwide residential evictions order that...
    GOVRONDESANTIS/TWITTERGov Ron DeSantis on Wednesday opted to allow the state’s stay-on-eviction order to expire. The order was first signed in April and was intended to suspend evictions and foreclosures against those economically-impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic  remain shielded from eviction by a CDC order. Unlike the state order, however, the CDC’s order does not protect homeowners from foreclosures. “Today, Governor DeSantis permitted Executive Order 20-211 to expire,” the order says. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently enacted a nationwide residential evictions Order that provides federal eviction relief to persons who submit a valid Declaration to their landlord regarding their inability to pay rent.” While Democrats and civil rights activists had pushed DeSantis to extend the order throughout the year, the order says it was allowed to expire to prevent confusion between the two orders. “The State’s mortgage foreclosure and eviction...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, including bars and clubs on Friday. The governor said he would also stop cities and counties from collecting fines on people who don’t wear face masks, virtually nullifying local mask ordinances. “We are today moving into initially called phase three. What that will mean for the restaurants, there will not be limitations,” said DeSantis. “It’s not based on science,” FIU Infectious Diseases Expert Dr. Aileen Marty told CBS News. “It’s the kind of politics that’s going to backfire.”  Read the governor’s executive order Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez office said the curfew is still in place. They said the “attorneys are looped in.” On Friday afternoon, Mayor Gimenez said: “My staff and I are consulting with the County Attorney’s Office regarding the enforcement of the mask mandate at businesses. We want to ensure compliance with the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In a surprise announcement, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, including bars and clubs. “There will not be limitations from the state of Florida,” announced Gov. DeSantis. The order moves every county into Phase 3. Under the order, local leaders can’t fine people for failing to wear a mask in public. Leaders can’t force restaurant owners to use less than 50% indoor capacity. Counties must provide specific reasons if restaurants are still not at full capacity in the new phase. And all businesses must be allowed to open, including bars and nightclubs. Download The New CBS4 News App Here But since the executive order went into effect, places like the Elbo Room on Las Olas Blvd. had plenty of patrons not wearing masks and not social distancing. “Last night it was just crazy. There was so many people,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – On the day after Governor Ron DeSantis announced he is lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity, Florida reported 107 new resident coronavirus deaths Saturday. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing its total to just under 699,000 people infected by the virus. Overall, 14,190 people have died in Florida during the pandemic, including 168 non-residents. There were 2,109 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday morning or 26 fewer than the day before. On Friday, DeSantis issued an order allowing restaurants across the state to immediately reopen at full capacity. The order prevents cities and counties from ordering them to close or operate at less than half-capacity unless they can justify a closure for economic or health reasons. Download The New CBS4 News App Here DeSantis also banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks. (© Copyright 2020...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 107 new resident coronavirus deaths Saturday, the day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he's lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing its total to just under 699,000 people infected by the virus. Overall, 14,190 people have died in Florida during the pandemic, including 168 non-residents. There were 2,109 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday morning, or 26 fewer than the day before. On Friday, DeSantis issued an order allowing restaurants across the state to immediately reopen at full capacity. The order prevents cities and counties from ordering them to close or operate at less than half-capacity, unless they can justify a closure for economic or health reasons. DeSantis also banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, including bars and clubs on Friday. The governor said he would also stop cities and counties from collecting fines on people who don’t wear face masks, virtually nullifying local mask ordinances. “We are today moving into initially called phase three. What that will mean for the restaurants, there will not be limitations,” said DeSantis. “It’s not based on science,” FIU Infectious Diseases Expert Dr. Aileen Marty told CBS News. “It’s the kind of politics that’s going to backfire.” SEE ALSO: Read the governor’s executive order Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez office said the curfew is still in place. They said the “attorneys are looped in.” On Friday afternoon, Mayor Gimenez said: “My staff and I are consulting with the County Attorney’s Office regarding the enforcement of the mask mandate at businesses. We want to ensure compliance...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday lifted all restrictions on businesses statewide, pushing the state, which has long been a coronavirus hotspot, into its "phase three" of reopening. Florida has more than 695,000 COVID-19 cases and a 13.38% testing positivity rate, according to Johns Hopkins University.  The governor announced an executive order allowing all restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity. In addition to lifting health restrictions on businesses, DeSantis said he is banning cities and counties from fining people who do not social distance or wear face masks — essentially eliminating all local mask mandates.  "We are today moving into initially called phase three. What that will mean for the restaurants, there will not be limitations," said DeSantis. "As an act of executive grace, all fines and penalties that have been applied against individuals are suspended." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox DeSantis, a Republican and...
    Reuters September 25, 2020 0 Comments Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, including restaurants and bars, saying the threat of the coronavirus pandemic had eased sufficiently to allow the state to enter Phase 3 of its reopening. Phase 3, which takes effect immediately, allows restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. The order also requires local governments to justify any COVID-19 related restrictions on restaurants and bars. Phase 3 also allows for fitness, recreational and personal care businesses to operate at full capacity, removing restrictions set in earlier phases. “This will be very, very important to the industry,” the Republican governor said during a news conference in St. Petersburg. “You can’t say no after six months and just have people twisting in the wind.” Florida has been hit hard by the pandemic, with more than 690,000 testing...
    (CNN)Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that he has signed an order moving Florida into Phase 3 of re-opening at a press conference today. DeSantis emphasized the impact the move will have on restaurants and bars, which can now operate at 100 percent capacity. "There will not be limitations, from the state of Florida," DeSantis said.The order does treat restaurants and bars differently in terms of what local municipalities can do to restrict operations. "If a local restricts between 50 and 100, they've got to provide the justification and they've got to identify what the costs are involved with doing that are," the Governor added. Herd immunity is a fantasyConversely, bars, which were operating at 50 percent capacity, must be authorized to scale up to 100 percent by local governments."If you want to go beyond the 50, you can authorize it and do it," DeSantis said. "We're not telling you...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced Friday that he will allow Florida businesses to move to Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan, removing all restrictions because of the pandemic, despite the fact that the state had the highest death rate in the United States the previous day. Florida bars, restaurants, and other businesses will now operate at full capacity, with a required minimum capacity of 50 percent, despite the fact that the death toll has topped 14,000 and cases continue to rise at an alarming rate. Florida confirmed 2,847 new coronavirus cases on Friday, which pushed the state’s total since March to 695,887. Other businesses that will open starting Monday include strip clubs, many of which will continue to serve food, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, and auditoriums. The order also prohibits local governments from closing or fining businesses due to mandates related to the pandemic, including mask requirements. “In the state...
    Florida businesses just got a major boost from their Republican governor. Addressing reporters at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order allowing bars and restaurants in the state to open at full capacity. “We are today moving into what we initially called Phase 3,” DeSantis said. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida." DeSantis said the order will allow workers of all industries in the state an opportunity to continue pursuing their careers during the coronavirus pandemic. He included provisions that will limit the number of restrictions local governments can place on businesses. “We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work,” DeSantis added. “[Local governments] can do reasonable regulations, but they can’t just say no.” The order removes state-level restrictions that forced restaurants and bars...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not only ordered bars and restaurants to immediately open at full capacity on Friday, he said he’d override local efforts to keep them closed despite the raging coronavirus pandemic. On the same day Florida surpassed 14,000 coronavirus deaths, DeSantis announced that the state was moving to the third phase of its three-phase reopening plan. Bars, restaurant, gyms, shops, stadiums, and theme parks can operate at 100 percent capacity, according to the state’s plan. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte whose lax response to the pandemic has enraged many in his state and across the country, said he’d sign an order Friday to guarantee restaurants operate at a minimum 50 percent capacity “regardless of local rule.” Any city or county that wants to restrict capacity to between 50 and 100 percent will have to provide justification and identify the costs involved, he said. “We’re probably the most open big...
    Despite Florida logging nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases and almost 200 new deaths yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis now says he will allow restaurants and other businesses to operate without restrictions. While speaking to reporters in St. Petersburg, DeSantis said he will sign an order today moving the state into a phase 3 reopening, which would allow bars, restaurants and gyms to operate at full capacity, and will also limit local governments from enforcing stricter rules.  According to the order, bars, pubs, nightclubs and breweries that derive 50 percent of sales from alcohol can operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. "Every business has a right to operate... you can’t just say no after six months and have people twisting in the wind,” said DeSantis.  The order, which he says is in effect immediately, will also stop local governments from closing a business due to COVID-19 violations. It...
    Floridas GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a “bill of rights” to protect college students from getting punished by colleges for hosting partings and other large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press. “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” the governor told reporters at a press briefing at the Capitol in Tallahassee. “But, I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.” DeSantis said he will prevent local governments from closing restaurants because little data exists showing that keeping these businesses closed would curb coronavirus cases. In April, the governor issued an executive order claiming that state guidelines “supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.” The defense from DeSantis comes after photos went viral online of parties taking place...
    Photo via NHCMore of Florida’s Panhandle was put under a state of emergency Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as a meandering Hurricane Sally continued to threaten the Gulf Coast. With the National Hurricane Center forecasting “historic life-threatening flooding” in some areas, DeSantis added Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Walton, and Washington counties to an emergency order. Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were put under the order Monday afternoon. DeSantis also Tuesday lifted tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge, which spans part of Pensacola Bay, until noon Wednesday. The hurricane center had Sally about 105 miles south of Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday afternoon, “inching” along in a northwest direction at 2 mph, with 80 mph maximum sustained winds. “Historic life-threatening flash flooding is likely through Wednesday along and just inland of the coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi,” the...
    After weekend of speculation about whether he would challenge an order to select a new Supreme Court justice by Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis waited until 5 p.m. – five hours after the deadline – to announce he would comply. DeSantis named 5th District Court of Appeals Judge Jamie Grosshans to the vacant seat on the state’s highest court after the Supreme Court blocked his selection Friday of Palm Beach County Judge Renatha Francis. Noting Grosshans was on both finalist lists presented to him by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) since January 2019, DeSantis said Grosshans will do “a fantastic job for the people of Florida. It was not the way we envisioned the process, but I think the result will be very, very good.” Grosshans’ selection ends three weeks of legal wrangling over Francis’ appointment. DeSantis announced in May that Miami attorney John Couriel,...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court, in an escalating dispute over an appointee’s eligibility, issued an order Monday demanding Gov. Ron DeSantis comply with its previous order to appoint a new justice to the high court. The court ruled Friday that DeSantis exceeded his authority by appointing a constitutionally ineligible judge to the high court and told him to pick another judge for the post. They gave him until noon Monday to do so. “The deadline has now passed. It appearing that the Governor has yet to comply, we hereby … order the Governor immediately to comply with the Court’s order of September 11 and to certify his compliance to the Court by 5:00 p.m. today,” the court wrote in an order released mid-afternoon. The Republican governor appointed Renatha Francis in May even though she didn’t meet a requirement of being a member of the Florida Bar...
    After a hellish summer that saw Florida become a major hot spot for COVID-19, Governor Ron DeSantis has decided it’s time for everyone to grab a beer. And experts are already worried what the public health fallout could be.  The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced in a statement Thursday that “at the direction” of the Republican governor an earlier order that had cut off bars from selling alcohol to be consumed on site was being thrown out, and instead, a new order will be in place that by Monday lets bars “operate at fifty percent of the facility’s indoor capacity.”  Going to a bar remains “potentially very risky,” warned Dr. Mary Jo Trepka an epidemiologist at Florida International University, especially as the state continues to face community wide transmission of COVID-19.  “I think that bars are probably one of the last things that you want to reopen...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs challenging a state order to reopen schools requested Wednesday that two appellate judges step aside from the case because Gov. Ron DeSantis could consider them for an appointment to the Florida Supreme Court. Attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a motion requesting that 1st District Court of Appeal Judges Lori Rowe and Timothy Osterhaus disqualify themselves from the closely watched legal fight over a July 6 state order requiring schools to reopen classrooms in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, who issued the order, took the case to the Tallahassee-based appeals court after a Leon County circuit judge agreed with arguments by the statewide teachers union and other plaintiffs that the order violated the state Constitution. Download The New CBS4 News App Here The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission in January included...
    PHOTO VIA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGov. Ron DeSantis on Friday suggested he will likely extend Florida’s stay-on-evictions while speaking to reporters in Fort Lauderdale. “I will work on the the moratorium,” he said. “I think we probably will continue that as well.” The current moratorium is scheduled to expire on Sep. 1 at 12:01 a.m. If signed, it will be the fifth consecutive extension. The Governor’s remarks bring some relief to the thousands of Floridians who remain financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the state received 100,000 additional unemployment claims last week. In total, 1.9 million claims have been paid in Florida for a sum of $14.22 billion since the onset of the pandemic. The moratorium is intended to suspend evictions or foreclosure for those economically-impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike earlier stays on evictions, however, the current order was signed with a narrower scope of...
    Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson’s on-again-off-again injunction prohibiting Florida from mandating that schools reopen full-service classrooms by Aug. 31 or lose funding is on again. Dodson on Thursday lifted the stay on his injunction, which automatically was imposed Tuesday when the state filed an appeal in the 1st District Court of Appeals challenging his ruling Monday that found Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order to reopen schools was unconstitutional. The Florida Education Association (FEA), which spearheaded the lawsuit against Corcoran’s order, filed a motion Wednesday requesting Dodson vacate the stay on his injunction with Aug. 31 only days away. “Should the automatic stay remain in force pending disposition of the state’s appeal, plaintiffs, hundreds of thousands of school children, teachers, and school staff would be forced to return to school without regard to health and safety considerations,” FEA's motion said. “Plaintiffs presented evidence that teachers throughout...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEA Leon County court has sided with Florida’s teachers union over the state’s order for schools to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a temporary hold on that order. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson found that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran‘s order requires schools to reopen to receive funding. That “essentially ignored the requirement of school safety.” Earlier this month, the Florida Education Association requested a temporary injunction “to stop the reopening of schools until it is safe to do so.” The union, NAACP and others filed the lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, Corcoran and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez. The order would deny funding to districts that remain closed over concerns for public health, which is constitutionally protected, Dodson said. “There is not room in many classrooms for social distancing,” the Judge wrote. “There is not room to put desks 4 feet apart, much less 6 feet apart as is recommended. Students entering and leaving...
    Tallahassee (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, after the lawman was charged with a felony and three misdemeanors in an investigation related to a mistress. Daniels, a Republican who is running for another term in Tuesday’s primary elections, was charged Thursday with a felony charge of tampering with evidence and three misdemeanor counts of making a false report to law enforcement, according to the order suspending him. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated Daniels, and DeSantis on July 7 assigned Ocala-area State Attorney Brad King to the case. The executive order does not detail the underlying circumstances of the charges against Daniels. But The Florida Times-Union reported that the investigation involved allegations that Daniels ordered staff members to arrest his mistress on stalking charges. Staff members told prosecutors they didn’t think there was just cause to arrest the woman, the Times-Union reported. (©2020 CBS...
    GOVRONDESANTIS/TWITTERGov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Friday he would be willing to discuss a new reopening plan with bars, but stopped short of suggesting that a reopening may happen anytime soon. “We’re in a situation where we gotta get through this viral cycle,” DeSantis said, citing various indicators and positive COVID-19 trends. “So let’s just keep that going. Then, as we get over, we’ll see.” The chance at a negotiation comes as bars and nightclubs enter their third consecutive month without the ability to sell alcohol for on-site consumption. The statewide closures have forced many bars to close and many more to the brink of closure. While DeSantis was anything but definitive on a timeline, he argued that bars should not be blamed for the state’s COVID-19 cases. To his point, DeSantis compared Orlando to Miami, where bars have been shut down since March yet still maintain the majority the state’s cases. “So let’s just be...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rescinded an order requiring people traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to the Sunshine State to quarantine or isolate for 14 days. The order signed by DeSantis also eliminated detailed requirements for when restaurant employees should be kept from reporting to work because of coronavirus concerns. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Early in the national outbreak, DeSantis, a Republican, ordered that travelers arriving in Florida from then-hard-hit New York City and its suburbs quarantine themselves for two weeks, giving them a lot of the blame for spreading the disease in his state. But New York’s statewide daily infection-rate has plummeted since late April and is now about one-tenth Florida’s even though the states have similar populations. As cases shot up in southern and western states and decreased in the New York area this summer,...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEWith some students set to return to classrooms on Monday, state officials and Florida’s largest teachers union are locked in a legal battle over an order requiring schools to reopen this month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Education Association last month filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other defendants, alleging that a July 6 order issued by Corcoran violates the state Constitution, which guarantees Floridians the right to “safe” and “secure” public education. But the governor and Corcoran this week asked a Miami-Dade County circuit judge to toss out the lawsuit, calling it a “misguided effort to obtain a judicial mandate that forbids any school in the state from providing in-person instruction to any student.” Corcoran’s order requires all school districts to reopen brick-and-mortar schools at least five days a week sometime in August, unless state and local health officials direct...
    A separate analysis from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in early July predicted that up to 28,000 deaths could be prevented before Oct. 1 if nearly everyone wore face masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, endorsed the idea of universal mask-wearing during an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday. "For me, as a public health official, obviously I would like the consideration that everybody wears a mask," Fauci said. He noted that states have a lot of power when it comes to mandates, and added that there is "no doubt you should be wearing a mask." Only 33 states plus Washington, D.C., had mask mandates in place as of Wednesday, according to a tally from AARP. The group explained that some of the mandates have exceptions, including for young children or those with disabilities, but broadly require masks in indoor locations and...
    The largest daily newspaper in South Florida says Gov. Ron DeSantis should order a statewide mask requirement in public, claiming the outbreak of the novel coronavirus “continues to careen out of control.” Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel’s editorial, headlined “Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here,” referred to the record 216 deaths the state reported on Wednesday, which was more than the previous record of 186 on Tuesday. That number climbed to 252 on Thursday and 256 on Friday. According to worldometers.info, Florida ranks eighth in most deaths among states, with 6,843, although it is the third most populous. It is second in total number of infections behind California, but its seven-day moving average of new daily cases has been declining since July 16, with 9,007 new infections reported Friday. It is fourth among states in total infections per 1 million and 19th in deaths per 1 million at 319, below the...
    A prominent South Florida newspaper is urging Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisAt least 50 Florida hospital ICUs hit capacity A regulatory agenda for Trump's second term Teachers union authorizes strikes if schools reopen without certain safety measures MORE (R) to issue a statewide mask mandate and take other actions to stop the spread of the coronavirus across the Sunshine state. In an editorial titled “Help us out, Gov. DeSantis. We’re dying here,” The Sun Sentinel’s editorial board warned that the pandemic “continues to careen out of control in Florida.” “Far better that you require people to wear masks in public than to continue fostering conditions that will force another shutdown,” the board wrote. “Your refusal to impose a mask order — a requirement now in effect in 32 other states — is out-of-touch with the mainstream.” “A new Quinnipiac poll found 79 percent of Floridians support a mask requirement, including 60 percent...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency on Friday for all counties along the state’s east coast in response to Hurricane Isaias as the storm tracks close to the shoreline along its northern journey. While no state-run shelters are currently open, DeSantis announced the emergency declaration as the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia-Brevard county line. DeSantis cautioned people to take the system seriously and have seven-days of food, water, and medicine on hand. “You should presume that if you’re in the path of this storm, you could lose power, so prepare accordingly,” DeSantis said during a press briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center on Friday. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Around noon Friday, the center of the storm was about 295 miles southeast of Nassau, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and...
    Photo by Michael M. SinclairGov. Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening. With the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday putting out new symptom-based testing guidance for non-health care workplaces during the pandemic, DeSantis said he will look to update a March executive order that included restaurants. “We knew that (the test) could catch a dead virus for a decent amount of time. CDC said that could be up to 12 weeks, an infection can be 12 weeks old,” DeSantis said Tuesday during an appearance at AdventHealth Orlando. “Obviously, you're no longer infectious. You don't have the live virus. But it can pick up some of...
    PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTEGov. Ron DeSantis appears to again be waiting until the deadline to announce if he will extend an executive order to help prevent foreclosures and evictions amid job losses and financial problems caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. With the current order set to expire on Saturday, DeSantis was asked if he would approve another extension. “We might,” he told reporters during a press conference at AdventHealth Orlando on Tuesday. “We’ll have an announcement on that soon.” The governor waited until late on June 30 before issuing the latest monthly extension of his April 2 executive order, which offered protections for people facing foreclosures or evictions. DeSantis issued the April order, which he has extended three times, as COVID-19 began to take hold in Florida. At the time, the Department of Economic Opportunity was still working to make paper applications available for unemployment assistance....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis is looking to “tweak” one of his coronavirus orders so restaurant wait staff and non-health care workers can get back on the job quicker after testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his top business regulator continues to plan meetings with craft brewers and bar owners about reopening. With the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday putting out new symptom-based testing guidance for non-health care workplaces during the pandemic, DeSantis said he will look to update a March executive order that included restaurants. “We knew that (the test) could catch a dead virus for a decent amount of time. CDC said that could be up to 12 weeks, an infection can be 12 weeks old,” DeSantis said Tuesday during an appearance at AdventHealth Orlando. “Obviously, you’re no longer infectious. You don’t have the live virus. But it can pick up some of the...
    PHOTO BY DYLAN MELCHERFlorida’s top business regulator plans to start meeting with bar operators and craft brewers, amid concerns about establishments closing permanently if a state ban on serving drinks for on-site consumption remains in place. In a tweet Saturday, Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears said he will begin setting aside time Friday to discuss his June 26 order that banned on-site consumption at bars to try to help stem the spread of COVID-19. “Next week starting Friday, I’m going to set meetings throughout Florida with breweries and bars to discuss ideas on how to reopen,” Beshears tweeted. “We will come up with a Safe, Smart and Step-by-step plan based on input, science and relative facts on how to reopen as soon as possible.”  Beshears has said the order, which is backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would remain in place until the growth in COVID-19 cases...
    Screengrab via Fox NewsOn Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to Fox and Friends to say teachers are “itching to get back” to the classroom. The Governor was responding to questions about a lawsuit from the Florida Education Association, which seeks to stop schools reopening because their 130,000 members would be in danger. The Florida Education Association filed a lawsuit Monday charging it would violate the state Constitution to reopen schools that are not “safe” and “secure.” The suit, filed in Miami-Dade County, lists several defendants including, DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran,  and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez – all of whom are recognized in their official capacities in the lawsuit. The Governor said he was “not sure” whether the “position” of the Florida Education Association was driven by “political” concerns, but added that teachers, the union “positions” notwithstanding, are “itching to get back” to the classroom. “I know school children are at the least risk of coronavirus … and...
    PHOTO VIA NSFIn an address to the state amid widespread controversy about reopening schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday offered a softer message focused on giving families and teachers the choice to return to classrooms in August as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. DeSantis said Florida’s 67 school districts should have the option to delay the start of school “a few weeks” and should not force teachers and parents to return to school if they have underlying medical conditions or if they “just don’t feel comfortable with in-person instruction.” “As the prevalence of the virus has increased over the past many weeks, fear and anxiety have increased as well,” the governor said. “The choice before us is whether we face our challenges with determination and resolve guided by evidence, or whether we allow ourselves to become paralyzed by fear.” The Republican governor did not mention a controversial state order that...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis implored school districts Wednesday to open classrooms as soon as possible for in-person instruction, a concession the state cannot force school boards to comply with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s order to provide “the full panoply of services” in August. In a seven-minute scripted address, DeSantis said parents are not being forced to send children to school if they don’t want to and accommodations will be made for teachers and staff who don’t feel comfortable returning to classrooms. The governor said school districts that need more time to prepare should "have at it" and can open when school boards and county health officials say it is safe. DeSantis reiterated, often with impassioned emphasis, however, schools should be open and classrooms available for face-to-face instruction for those who need it. “The choice before us is whether we face our challenges with determination and resolve,...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The nation’s largest teachers unions filed a lawsuit Monday against the State of Florida over a department of education emergency order, which demanded schools reopen in August. The Florida Education Association was joined by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in suing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Richard Corcoran, commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, according to a press release. DeSantis’ emergency order, issued on July 6 by the department of education, ordered all brick and mortar schools to open at least five days a week in August. “No one wants to be back in the classroom with students more than educators, but we must do so only if we can ensure it is done in a safe way,” said Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association president, according to the press release. She continued: “Unfortunately, Gov. Ron DeSantis,...
    A teachers union in Florida has sued the governor and the state Board of Education over an executive order calling for schools to open five days a week for in-person instruction in August, NPR reported. The lawsuit, which was filed by the Florida Education Association, names Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The union believes August is too early to safely bring students and teachers back into schools, "Any sensible person would tell you we have got to get the positivity rate down," union president Fedrick Ingram said, according to NBC News. "This is a life or death situation. We don't want to be reckless; we don't want to be irresponsible." What does the order say? The order, issued by Corcoran, states, "Upon reopening in August, all school boards and charter school...
    Florida’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Florida Department of Education’s mandate that all schools reopen next month and offer “the full panoply of services,” including in-person instruction. The lawsuit, filed in Miami by the 130,000-member Florida Education Association (FEA), argues the order violates Florida’s Constitution, which requires the state to provide “safe” and “secure” schools. The lawsuit names Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez as defendants and calls on them to “stop the reckless and unsafe reopening of public school campuses as coronavirus infections surge statewide.” The lawsuit also seeks a court declaration that defendants are imposing “arbitrary and capricious demands” on public schools by the “full opening” executive order issued by Corcoran on July 6. FEA also launched a petition Monday that asks voters to endorse their...
    The nation’s second largest teachers union and its local affiliate filed a lawsuit Monday against Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to block his administration from reopening the state’s schools next month. The lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Teachers and its local affiliate, the Florida Education Association (FEA), accuses the DeSantis’ administration of violating Florida’s constitutional requirement for “safe” and “secure” public education by ordering the “reckless and unsafe reopening” of public school campuses for face-to-face instruction in August despite the state’s rising coronavirus cases. The suit argues that the order would put students and school employees at risk, as well as accelerate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Governor DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one,” said FEA President Fedrick Ingram. “The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control.” “Everyone...
    The nation’s largest teachers unions filed a lawsuit Monday against the State of Florida over a department of education emergency order, which demanded schools reopen in August.  The Florida Education Association was joined by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in suing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Richard Corcoran, commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, according to a press release. DeSantis’ emergency order, issued on July 6 by the department of education, ordered all brick and mortar schools to open at least five days a week in August. “No one wants to be back in the classroom with students more than educators, but we must do so only if we can ensure it is done in a safe way,” said Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association president, according to the press release.  She continued: “Unfortunately, Gov. Ron DeSantis, like Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, has...
    Miami, Jul 20 (EFE) .- Teachers unions filed a lawsuit on Monday against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which seeks to block his order demanding the reopening of schools in August despite the impact of COVID-19, which has killed more than 5,000 people in the state since last March. “The Florida Constitution requires that public schools be safe. Teachers and parents want our schools to meet that basic standard,” said Fedrick Ingram, president of the Florida Education Association, who filed the lawsuit. Ingram urged DeSantis to “accept the reality of the situation in Florida, where the virus is spiraling out of control.” “You need to accept evolving science. It now appears that children over the age of 10 can transmit the coronavirus as easily as adults,” he said. He said that everyone wants schools to be reopened, but not to start teaching in person, face an explosion of cases and diseases,...
    Florida's largest teachers union filed a lawsuit on Monday against Gov. Ron DeSantis over his order to reopen schools even as cases of the coronavirus rise. The Florida Education Association is suing the governor, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez "to safeguard the health and welfare of public school students, educators and the community at large," the association said in a press release. [ SEE: Editorial Cartoons on Education ]"The lawsuit intends to stop the reckless and unsafe reopening of public school campuses as coronavirus infections surge statewide," the release continued. Corcoran signed an executive order earlier this month ordering all brick and mortar schools, including private and charter institutions, to reopen in August at least five days per week for all students, though the order states that parents can continue remote learning with their child...
    Both national and local teachers’ unions are teaming up to fight back against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ requirement that schools reopen for in-person learning in August, The Hill reports. The American Federation of Teachers and its local affiliate, the Florida Education Association claim that the governor’s order violates state law, according to a lawsuit.  The lawsuit challenging the governor’s order was filed Monday in state court in Miami. As the state faces a surge in coronavirus cases, the lawsuit asks a judge to issue an injunction blocking DeSantis from going through with the statewide mandate. The unions state in the lawsuit that the requirement to reopen schools full time amid the pandemic would "force millions of public school students and employees to report to brick and mortar schools that should remain closed during the resurgence of COVID-19 cases." On Monday, Florida health officials reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A lawsuit has been filed to stop Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran from opening school campuses in the fall while the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge statewide. The suit also names the state’s Department of Education and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of the Florida Education Association, educators, and parents. “Gov. DeSantis needs a reality check, and we are attempting to provide one,” said FEA President Fedrick Ingram in a statement. “The governor needs to accept the reality of the situation here in Florida, where the virus is surging out of control. He needs to accept the evolving science. It now appears that kids 10 and older may pass along the coronavirus as easily as adults.” The lawsuit contends that ordering an unsafe return to onsite instruction at public schools is a violation of Florida’s...
    National and local teachers unions on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to block an order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP governors in hardest hit states split over COVID-19 response Priorities USA and other groups drop voting lawsuit against Florida Shalala on Florida outbreaks: 'We need to close down again' MORE (R) requiring schools to reopen in August despite a sustained surge in coronavirus cases in the state.  The American Federation of Teachers and its local affiliate, the Florida Education Association, are alleging that the order requiring the resumption of in-person classes violates state law. The lawsuit, filed in state court in Miami, asks a judge to issue an injunction blocking DeSantis from going through with the statewide mandate, which the unions claim would "force millions of public school students and employees to report to brick and mortar schools that should remain closed during the resurgence of COVID-19 cases." The complaint was filed the...
    PHOTO BY DYLAN MELCHERFlorida’s bar scene will remain on hold until there is a massive reversal in the growth of positive coronavirus cases, according to the state’s top business regulator. Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears on Friday said no timeline has been set to let people again drink in bars and nightclubs as the state adds thousands of coronavirus cases a day. “These numbers have to stop climbing, it has to flatten, and then there has to be a decrease in that positivity number,” Beshears told The News Service of Florida. The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 11,466 new cases and 128 additional deaths, the fourth consecutive day of more than 100 deaths. Several bar owners have filed lawsuits against the state over a June 26 order that reimposed a prohibition on serving drinks for on-site consumption. The state issued the order because non-compliance...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEGov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Wednesday the Florida Department of Education should not dictate local school-district decisions, even though the department issued an emergency order that says schools must reopen in August unless health officials say otherwise. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued the order July 6, on the same day President Donald Trump tweeted that, “SCHOOLS MUST REOPEN THIS FALL!” The order said all school districts must reopen brick-and-mortar schools at least five days a week starting in August, unless local and state health officials direct otherwise. “I understand the commissioner has done some stuff on that, and that’s fine. But at the end of the day, these school superintendents have unique constituencies and it is going to be a collaborative effort,” said DeSantis, a staunch Trump ally. Last week, DeSantis said that if places like Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s were considered...
    GOVRONDESANTIS/TWITTERBuying alcohol will remain a to-go-only option at Florida bars for the foreseeable future as coronavirus cases continue to spike. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday the state isn’t changing a decision last month to reimpose a ban on bars selling alcohol for on-site consumption because of widespread non-compliance with coronavirus safety measures. “So, right now, we're not making any changes, status quo,” DeSantis said while at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. “We want to get this positivity rate down. We want to continue to, you know, hopefully see declining COVID-like illness visits at the (emergency departments). And then as we get in a more stable situation, then we'll take a look at it.” During the appearance at the hospital and in other appearances during the past week, DeSantis  defended the state’s health response and his efforts to reopen businesses amid the surge in cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused...
    TALLAHASSEE  (CBSMiami/NSF) — Buying alcohol will remain a to-go-only option at Florida bars for the foreseeable future as coronavirus cases continue to spike. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday the state isn’t changing a decision last month to reimpose a ban on bars selling alcohol for on-site consumption because of widespread non-compliance with coronavirus safety measures. “So, right now, we’re not making any changes, status quo,” DeSantis said while at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. “We want to get this positivity rate down. We want to continue to, you know, hopefully see declining COVID-like illness visits at the (emergency departments). And then as we get in a more stable situation, then we’ll take a look at it.” During the appearance at the hospital and in other appearances during the past week, DeSantis defended the state’s health response and his efforts to reopen businesses amid the surge in cases of COVID-19, the...
    Igor Derysh July 7, 2020 6:24PM (UTC) Florida's top education official on Monday ordered all public schools to reopen for in-person instruction next month despite an alarming rise in coronavirus infections across the state. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after serving as the Republican speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, issued the order as schools across the state grapple with whether to proceed with online instruction or in-person teaching amid the spike in infections.  : The order will require all schools to be open "at least" five days a week to offer in-person instruction to any family who requests it. "There is a need to open schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the educational process, the comprehensive well-being of students and families and a return to Florida hitting its full economic stride," the order says. "Required services must be...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Those behind on their mortgages and rents due to the coronavirus pandemic have a little more time to stay in their residences. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis once again extended an executive order that seeks to prevent foreclosures and evictions due to job losses and financial problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The extension runs through August 1. DeSantis made the announcement about the extension hours before a previous extension was set to expire. He initially issued the order that offered protections for people facing foreclosures or evictions on April 2.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made it clear on Monday that he will not yield to critics demanding a statewide mask mandate. “We’re not going to do that statewide. We wanted to have a collaborating effort with the locals from the beginning,” DeSantis said on Monday. “Different areas have handled this differently based on their facts and circumstances, and even today you see obviously discrepancies throughout the state,” he added. DeSantis’s stance comes as critics urge him to take sweeping action to address the rising number of coronavirus cases in the Sunshine State, many of which are condensed in the southeast portion of the state — namely Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Those three counties currently comprise 44 percent of the state’s total 162,884 cases, calculated since March 1. The state reported 6,093 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, up from the 5,266 cases reported on Monday but down...
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