Disney, District Settle Lawsuit

Disney, District Settle Lawsuit

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District have reached a legal settlement that includes nullifying controversial development agreements that the entertainment giant entered with the former Reedy Creek Improvement District. The settlement was announced Wednesday and approved by the Central […]

Florida Jobless Rate Stays at 3.1 Percent

Florida Jobless Rate Stays at 3.1 Percent

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Florida’s unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent in February for the third consecutive month, even as job losses were posted in many industry sectors. The unemployment rate held as a growing labor force continues to counter the number of people who are out of work. The Florida […]

Realtors, Lodging Industry Clash on Vacation Rentals

Realtors, Lodging Industry Clash on Vacation Rentals

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A persistently contentious debate about regulating vacation rentals has escalated into a clash between two powerful industry groups after the Florida Legislature passed a measure that would significantly restrict how local governments can oversee the properties. The bill, finalized in the waning days of the […]

Social Media Bill Signed as Legal Fight Looms

Social Media Bill Signed as Legal Fight Looms

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the state preparing for a legal challenge from the tech industry, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a high-profile bill aimed at keeping children off social-media platforms. “You better believe, I am going to fight like hell to uphold this in court,” Attorney General […]

Social Media, Teen Labor Bills Teed Up

Social Media, Teen Labor Bills Teed Up

High-profile bills aimed at keeping children off social media and loosening decades-old work restrictions for 16- and 17-year-old youths were among 15 bills that the Legislature formally sent Thursday to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The social-media bill (HB 3) was a priority of House Speaker Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican who contends online platforms harm […]

DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting ‘Community’ IDs

DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting ‘Community’ IDs

By Ryan Dailey and Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After speaking behind a placard that said “stop illegal immigration,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed three bills that proponents argue will be deterrents to undocumented immigrants coming to the state. The measures, approved during the legislative session that ended last week, […]

DeSantis Signs Homeless Restrictions

DeSantis Signs Homeless Restrictions

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a controversial bill designed to prevent homeless people from sleeping in public places, continuing to say he doesn’t want Florida to become like places such as San Francisco. DeSantis, who signed the measure (HB 1365) during an appearance in […]

Florida State Fires Back in ACC Fight

Florida State Fires Back in ACC Fight

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With a hearing scheduled April 9, Florida State University this week fired back at a request by the Atlantic Coast Conference to put on hold — or dismiss — a lawsuit that could lead to FSU leaving the athletic conference. FSU filed the lawsuit Dec. […]

Settlement Reached in Education Law Fight

Settlement Reached in Education Law Fight

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — The state and attorneys for students, parents and teachers have settled a battle about a 2022 Florida law that restricts instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. The settlement, which comes after months of talks, seeks to draw a distinction between preventing “classroom […]

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