Gov. DeSantis issues executive order to provide ballot access for counties affected by Hurricane Ian
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he was initiating an executive order to help ensure voters in Charlotte, Lee and Sarasota counties have adequate access to voting in the 2022 election after Hurricane Ian ripped caused major devastation in those areas.
Local law enforcement and rescue agencies are in Southwest Florida helping Hurricane Ian survivors
As people work to recover from the devastation Hurricane Ian left behind, they have helping hands from Northeast Florida. Several law enforcement and rescue agencies from our area sent teams to help with everything from rescues to clean up.
Northeast Florida medical clinics ship 2 trucks of supplies to people affected by Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida
So many people responded to Millennium Physician Group’s call for vital supplies for those affected by Hurricane Ian that the group of medical clinics in Northeast Florida had to order a second truck to load with the donations for Southwest Florida.
Visit Florida aims to counter storm-ravaged images of state with new tourism campaign
Images of storm-ravaged coastlines and ruined buildings have dominated headlines for a week since Hurricane Ian made landfall. It’s not the image the state’s tourism marketing agency wants to project to the rest of the country.
DeSantis’ white go-go boots aren’t the problem. It’s his relentless politicking amid Ian’s rubble | Opinion
No, I don’t care if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shows up to a disaster wearing white boots evocative of the go-go dancer footwear I adored in junior high school, now sold online as a Halloween costume.news.yahoo.com
The last moments of Hurricane Ian's victims, told in grim details by Florida medical examiners
A 96-year-old Charlotte County man found trapped under a car in high water is the oldest victim of Hurricane Ian’s deadly course through Southwest Florida, whose wrath is now revealed in a grim spreadsheet compiled by the state’s medical examiners’ commission.news.yahoo.com
‘We are tired, dirty and hungry’: Hurricane Ian survivors leave Fort Myers Beach on foot
Feeling increasingly isolated in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers Beach residents and renters continued to exit their devastated island by foot Sunday, four days after a 10-foot storm surge driven by 150 mph winds inundated Southwest Florida’s coastal communities.news.yahoo.com
Causeway to Sanibel Island severed as Florida wakes up to Ian’s trail of destruction
As Ian continued its destructive trek across Florida, over a million households across the state awoke on Thursday without electricity as residents and emergency crews along the Gulf Coast began to assess the toppled buildings, flooded streets and crippled infrastructure.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Ian Leaves Trapped Florida Residents Pleading for Rescue as ‘Hundreds’ Feared Dead
Joe Raedle/GettyThe full scale of the disaster unleashed by Hurricane Ian on Florida began to emerge Thursday with hundreds feared dead after catastrophic flooding trapped residents in their homes, destroyed critical infrastructure, and left over 2 million people without power.The fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. when measured by wind speed, Ian tore into the Southwest Florida coast with violent gales, an epic storm surge, and as much as a foot of rain being dropped over some areasnews.yahoo.com
Welcome to Florida, Kyle Rittenhouse! It’s a great state for vigilantes | Editorial
Kyle Rittenhouse chose the right state to let his hair down after his acquittal last week. It’s not because he gets to enjoy Florida’s 70-degree fall weather while Kenosha, Wisconsin — where he shot three men, two to death — sees freezing temperatures. It’s not because of Florida’s party scene, which the average teenager is more interested in than semi-automatic rifles.news.yahoo.com
Former Cancer Center President Indicted For Participation In Long-Running Antitrust Conspiracy
The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Florida, charges Harwin for participating in a criminal conspiracy with a competing oncology group in Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties (Southwest Florida). Beginning as early as 1999 and continuing until at least 2016, Harwin and his co-conspirators entered into an illegal agreement to allocate medical oncology treatments, such as chemotherapy, to FCS and radiation oncology treatments to a competing oncology group. The conspiracy allowed FCS and the competing oncology group to operate with minimal competition in Southwest Florida and limited valuable integrated care options and choices for cancer patients. The Antitrust Division and FCS resolved the charge with a deferred prosecution agreement, under which the company admitted to conspiring to allocate treatments for cancer patients and agreed to pay a $100 million criminal penalty. The charge in the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for individuals.justice.gov
Leading Cancer Treatment Center Admits to Antitrust Crime and Agrees to Pay $100 Million Criminal Penalty
FCS and its co-conspirators agreed not to compete to provide chemotherapy and radiation treatments to cancer patients in Southwest Florida. This conspiracy allowed FCS to operate with minimal competition in Southwest Florida and limited valuable integrated care options and choices for cancer patients. FCS has agreed to pay a $100 million criminal penalty the statutory maximum and to cooperate fully with the Antitrust Divisions ongoing investigation. For almost two decades, FCS and its co-conspirators agreed to cheat by limiting treatment options available to cancer patients in order to line their pockets. The Florida Office of the Attorney General separately announced today that, in connection with its own independent investigation, FCS agreed to settle civil claims that it violated Florida antitrust laws.justice.gov
The wave of coronavirus cases is shutting down Florida beaches
Several cities in Florida have started to close down beach access in an effort to slow down the spread of coronavirus, which has infected at least 328 Florida residents and visitors. The Clearwater City Council voted to close down Clearwater Beach for two weeks, starting March 23 at 6 a.m. City of #Clearwater City Council votes to close public beaches on #ClearwaterBeach for two weeks starting March 23 at 6 a.m. pic.twitter.com/f5gMHkZvmb City of Clearwater, FL (@MyClearwater) March 18, 2020On Tuesday, helicopter footage and social media posts showed Clearwater Beach packed with people. According to Florida's Department of Health, there are 299 Florida residents confirmed to have COVID-19, and eight residents who have died from the virus.cbsnews.com