Rescue Crews in Florida Find Fully Submerged House With Human Remains Inside
Joe Raedle/GettyRescue crews going house to house in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian have encountered harrowing scenes, including scores of stranded people and at least one house that was completely submerged with human remains inside.Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s emergency management director, said during a Friday morning press briefing that authorities are reviewing 21 fatalities to see if they’re related to the catastrophic hurricane. The death toll is expected to rise as many parts of Lee Conews.yahoo.com
A bag was tossed over a bridge in Florida. Cops found out something was alive inside
A caller reported seeing someone throw a plastic tote over a Central Florida bridge from a moving vehicle this week, according to a Thursday Facebook post from Orlando-based Orange County Animal Services,.news.yahoo.com
DeSantis says Florida may take over Disney’s special district
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state is likely to take over Walt Disney World’s special taxing district, removing the power the company has had to regulate much of what goes on within the 25,000 acres company founder Walt Disney purchased more than half a century ago.washingtonpost.com
Will Walt Disney World leave Florida if Reedy Creek is dissolved? There are offers
Florida legislators’ passage of a bill to repeal Reedy Creek, the special district that governs Walt Disney World, has spawned satirical barbs on late-night talk shows and “Saturday Night Live.” And it has sparked debate among legal experts on whether the state can actually accomplish Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan.news.yahoo.com
Why Disney Has Special Status in Florida — and Why the State Wants to Take It Away
The Walt Disney Co. is among Florida’s biggest employers and Walt Disney World has been a central part of the state’s public image for decades. Now, in a matter of days, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that could strip Disney of special privileges that for the last half-century have granted the company a measure of quasi-governmental authority over a giant tract of land that includes Disney World and other Disney properties. On April 21, the legislature sent the bill to Governor Ron Dewashingtonpost.com
Florida legislature passes bill repealing Disney’s special tax status
Placeholder while article actions loadFlorida’s Republican-led state legislature on Thursday passed a bill sought by Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel Walt Disney World’s special tax district in Florida. That law prohibits discussions about gender-related issues in public school classes up to third grade, and potentially through high school. The Disney law will dissolve the entertainment giant’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, which was created in 1967 after Walt Disney bought 40 square miles of land in Central Florida to build the Magic Kingdom. Disney lobbyists said the project was too massive for local governments to handle, so legislators gave Disney the authority to run the development as a quasi-governmental agency.washingtonpost.com
Florida bride, caterer arrested after guests at wedding say food was laced with marijuana
Nearly two months after Seminole County first responders assisted multiple people who reported feeling weird, sick and stoned at a Central Florida wedding party in February, deputies this week arrested the bride and caterer for the event, WKMG reported.
Republicans roll forward on redistricting as lawmakers take up DeSantis’ congressional map
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed congressional redistricting plan, lambasted by opponents because it likely would reduce the number of seats held by Black Democrats, quickly moved toward approval Tuesday as the Republican-dominated Legislature started a special session.
DeSantis proposes dissolving special tax status for Disney World
If repealed, Walt Disney could be on the hook for millions of dollars a year in local taxes, and could lose some autonomy over its property. On Tuesday, DeSantis announced that lawmakers in Tallahassee for a special legislative session would take up the issue. Reedy Creek Improvement District is the official name of the 25,000-acre property that Walt Disney negotiated to buy in Central Florida in the mid-1960s. AdvertisementThe creation of Disney World helped launch the thriving Central Florida theme park industry, which draws an estimated 70 million tourists a year. About 20 million people visit Disney World annually, making it the most visited theme park in the world.washingtonpost.com
Kim Iversen: Dystopian nationwide prison LOCKDOWN shows govt's 'emergency' Covid power never ends
Kim Iversen criticizes the Bureau of Prisons' nationwide prison lockdown. Rising, Progressive, Progressive Politics, Democrats, Democratic Party, Republicans, GOP, Republican Party, Criminal Justice Reform, Federal Prisons, BOP, Bureau of Prisons, Lockdown, 8th Amendment, Solitary Confinementnews.yahoo.com
About those NYPD cops who DeSantis praised for coming to Florida: There are issues
New details are emerging about the newest dozen police officers lauded by Gov. Ron DeSantis for moving to Central Florida from New York City to escape what the governor described as low morale and a lack of support from Democratic politicians there.news.yahoo.com
Big 12 hoops could be winner in latest conference shuffle
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was so disgusted by the last round of conference realignment — when Missouri and Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC — that he vowed never to play the Tigers again. Self's reason was simple: The departures, along with Nebraska's move to the Big Ten and Colorado's to the Pac-12, had left the Big 12 on precarious footing. Perhaps because the Big 12 may have come out ahead — at least, when it comes to basketball.news.yahoo.com
Bounty and threat in a place called Bone Valley
Its name is equally evocative: Peace River. For many of the people who live in Bone Valley and depend on the Peace River, the future seems increasingly tenuous. A Peace River mural on the side of a bank building in Wauchula. Tourists looking for bone fossils in a shallow spot of the Peace River in Brownville. “I remember [when] my dad brought us to our new house on the Peace River.washingtonpost.com
AAC moves into rebuild-mode as Sun Belt sees opportunity
The American Athletic Conference, a league born from the fall of Big East football eight years ago, is in rebuilding mode again. This time, it could find some competition in the market from the Sun Belt when it starts courting new members. Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston, three of the AAC’s most successful schools in the revenue-generating sports of football and men's basketball, announced Friday they would be joining the Big 12.news.yahoo.com
Barwick Banking Company: Grand Opening in St. Augustine | River City Live
Barwick Banking Company will be opening its doors for the first time in St. Augustine, Florida on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 1200 Plantation Island Drive, Suite 110, St. Augustine and in Daytona Beach, Florida during the 1st Quarter of 2022.
Good spring rains have ended
Happy Sunday! We are off to a stormy start with widespread heavy rainfall packed with lightning and small hail tracking east across NE FL this morning. This will be very inconvenient for any morning plans and could cause localized flooding on roadways. It’s best to stay in and wait it out through the morning.
Florida jobless claims at pandemic low
The U.S. Department of Labor’s estimate for Florida for the week ending March 27 was down from a revised count of 17,349 for the week ending March 20. Last week marked the lowest total for the state since 74,313 claims were filed during the week ending March 21, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic crashed into the state. Florida had 6,463 claims during the week ending March 14, 2020. The January numbers peaked at 69,140 new claims during the week ending Jan. 30. Florida’s jobless rate went from 4.8% in January to 4.7% in February, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.
Disappearing seagrass hurting beloved manatees in Florida
The situation is threatening a number of species, including manatees, who depend on seagrass for food. AdAn expert who has spent 40 years studying manatees in Central Florida said dead manatees are being found with nearly nothing in their stomachs. Essentially, it’s an emergency.”Rose and others blame the seagrass loss for a spike in manatee deaths this winter. In all of 2020, there were 637 manatee deaths across Florida. The Indian River Lagoon system stretches 165 miles from Volusia County south to Port St. Lucie.
Florida jobless claims continue to drop
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Continuing a trend, Florida last week posted its lowest total of first-time unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic exploded nearly a year ago. A similar revision upped the totals for the week ending Feb. 6, increasing the initial projection from 17,621 to 21,710. Nationally, the Department of Labor estimated 730,000 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week. The national estimate was a decrease of 111,000 from a revised estimate for the week ending Feb. 13. The national estimate for the week ending Feb. 13 had initially been 861,000.
Florida senator wants to expand scholarships for Ocoee massacre descendants
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A state senator is seeking to expand a scholarship program set up more than 25 years ago because of a massacre in Rosewood to include people whose families were directly affected by the racially motivated 1920 Ocoee Election Day riot in Central Florida. Black residents were killed in the riot, and others fled the community as homes, churches and a fraternal lodge were destroyed. “I’m not under the illusion that people will think this is not enough,” Bracy said. Last year, Bracy led a successful effort to require public-school students learn about the Ocoee riot, similar to a requirement for teaching about the Holocaust. AdWhen he initially proposed the 2020 legislation, Bracy sought $150,000 per Ocoee victim, a funding level modeled, in part, on a 1994 decision by the Legislature to compensate African-American families because of the Rosewood Massacre.
UCF hires former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to lead Knights
FILE - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, file photo. Central Florida hired Gus Malzahn as its football coach Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, a little more than two months after he was fired by Auburn. “I truly believe that this is a program of the future in college football,” Malzahn said. Arkansas State won a conference title that season before Malzahn returned to Auburn as head coach. Ad“This is one of the top 25 coaching jobs in all of college football,” Malzahn said.