Latest Florida state government News

Florida county closes government building after COVID deaths

Jun. 19, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county shuttered its main administration building after several employees contracted COVID-19 and two people died, officials said. Employees of the Manatee County Administration Building were ordered to leave Friday afternoon while the...

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

Jun. 18, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to resume sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Steven...

2 killed in small plane crash near Florida-Georgia border

Jun. 18, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed Friday into a river along the state line between Florida and Georgia, authorities said. A single-engine Cessna 150 crashed into the St. Marys River north of Jacksonville just before noon,...

Florida Democrat: Kraken lawyer's group illegally operating

Jun. 18, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic agriculture commissioner, whose office polices charities, alleged Friday that a group run by one of former President Donald Trump's most prominent election conspiracy adherents is illegally seeking donations in the state. ...

3 fallen Florida lawmen honored with road namings

Jun. 18, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Three fallen Florida lawmen will be long remembered for their heroism and ultimate sacrifice to their communities after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Friday designating portions of the state’s roadways in their honor. Hillsborough...

Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Jun. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Plumes of toxic oceanic bacteria known as red tide continued to move up the western Florida coast, strewing thousands of dead fish on beaches while state officials tried to reassure Floridians and potential tourists Thursday that the outbreak was being taken...

Florida Supreme Court says no to marijuana ballot proposal

Jun. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida won't be on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the ballot language was misleading. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said proposed...

Florida gov heeds call from Texas, Arizona for border help

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis castigated the Biden administration for what he called “a disaster and an emergency” at the nation's border with Mexico and said Wednesday that he would send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona, whose Republican governors have appealed...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis errs in restricting race studies in schools At a time when Americans are crying out for an honest appraisal and greater understanding of the role race plays in our nation’s...

Hit-and-run driver kills Florida woman in a mobility scooter

Jun. 16, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) — A 64-year-old Florida woman in a mobility scooter was struck and killed while gathering mail at the edge of the road on Tuesday. The woman who struck her in the Wesley Chapel neighborhood then fled the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said in...