Latest Florida state government News

Cigar company wants to bring Cuban tobacco back to Tampa

Jun. 13, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The J.C. Newman Cigar Company claims to have the nation’s last bale of Cuban tobacco. Purchased just prior to the U.S. government cutting off all business relations with the socialist nation in 1962, the Newman family now stores it in their Ybor...

Florida governor signs property insurance bill

Jun. 11, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Friday that is meant to give relief to a large sector of the state’s insurance industry. Faced with losses from rising claims, the industry welcomed changes that would restrict some practices...

Florida bans 'critical race theory' from its classrooms

Jun. 10, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's state Board of Education banned “critical race theory” from public school classrooms Thursday, adopting new rules it said would shield schoolchildren from curricula that could “distort historical events.” Florida's move was...

Florida reverses itself, will allow rainbow bridge lighting

Jun. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reversed itself Wednesday and said a downtown Jacksonville bridge can be decorated in rainbow lights to celebrate gay rights, one day after it had ordered them doused. Taryn Fenske, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis, told The...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Our kids’ education should be based on fact, not propaganda ' Editorial It’s either chutzpah or hypocrisy, maybe both, that leads Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the Florida Board...

Norwegian plans Florida sailings, stands by vaccine rule

Jun. 07, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced plans to set sail from two Florida ports requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 despite state legislation banning businesses from asking for proof. Norwegian announced...

Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property

Jun. 07, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a pair of bills focused on “nefarious foreign influence and corporate espionage” — particularly singling out China, which he accused of stealing intellectual property and infiltrating broad sectors of American...

Troopers: Man drags pedestrian with car, then hides body

Jun. 07, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of dragging the body of a pedestrian that he struck with his car, and then leaving most of the body behind a bait shop, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The 32-year-old victim was walking along a Hernando County road...

Florida bridge tolls suspended amid repair to separate span

Jun. 07, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Motorists in the Pensacola area can continue to drive toll-free across one bridge while repairs continue on the hurricane-damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge. The toll suspension on the Garcon Point Bridge was set to expire Sunday. But Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Red tide limits harvesting at aquatic farms in Tampa Bay

Jun. 05, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Fears over red tide prompted Florida officials to briefly prohibit aquaculture farmers from harvesting in lower Tampa Bay, although the ban was lifted Saturday morning, state officials said. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County...