Florida has become the fourth state to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 7030, which implements the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, including the ability of eligible teachers who volunteer to carry guns.
Red tide off Florida is virtually gone now, showing up at near-undetectable levels. Nevertheless, at the University of South Florida, serious work on Karenia brevis, the harmful algae that causes red tide, is ongoing and producing studies of some significance.
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that in March the state unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent, the same as it was in February. The national unemployment rate stood at 3.8 percent in March.
DeSantis noted more than 200,000 private sector jobs had been created in Florida over the past year. He took over in January from Gov. Rick Scott.
Earlier Wednesday elected officials, business owners, and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida Capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and impacting coastal estuaries.
The Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (FADMO) delivered “green slime” (gooey, green glow-in-the-dark putty) Wednesday to Florida’s legislators with a clear message -- reauthorize and fully fund VISIT FLORIDA.
The Tallahassee-based Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) announced Thursday dire findings from a study that found Florida’s more than 3,000 ALFs facing challenges in collecting revenue and finding skilled workers to fill vacancies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest look at orange production on Tuesday.
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) lowered the forecast of total oranges 1 percent.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited South Florida Friday to announce a $99.7 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Miami-Dade County to finance much-needed advanced wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The money will finance 14 new injection wells.
The Florida State College at Jacksonville has chosen Illinois educator John Avendano, a man with 30 years' experience in community college education, as its sixth president.
Avendano is president and CEO of Kankakee Community College and has previously held positions such as president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents.
The Board of Trustees' selection was unanimous.