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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 22, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Stephanie Kopelousos and Joe Nunziata to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Stephanie Kopelousos Kopelousos is the District Administrator of the Central…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 22, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Brian Crawford, Wesley Maul, and Staci Sims to the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. Brian Crawford Crawford, of Gainesville, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 21, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions: Sixth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission Tara Tedrow, of Windermere, is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives 27 Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 21, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 5, 2024, to act on these bills. CS/HB 141 – Economic Development CS/CS/HB 1363 – Traffic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On Friday, May 17, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 1305 – Residential Tenancies CS/HB 415 – Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Website CS/CS/CS/HB 275 – Offenses Involving…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Breaking Tourism Numbers

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that tourism to Florida has reached unprecedented levels, solidifying Florida’s status as the premier destination for travelers worldwide. Revised figures for 2023 show that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lisa Yeager to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16,2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lisa Yeager to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. Lisa Yeager Yeager is the Owner and Partner of Boating Enterprises of Florida, LLC. Previously, she…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Mary Chambers, Stephen Hammond, James “Doc” Muir, Kathryn Ovide, Mary Spottswood, Erica Sterling, Lesley Thompson, and Richard Toppino to the Lower…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Samuel Giles to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Giles to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. Dr. Samuel Giles Dr. Giles, of St. Johns, is the Co-Founder, Medical Director, and a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Edward Bielarski, Craig Carter, Eric Lawson, David Haslam, and Robert “Chip” Skinner to the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority. Edward…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eleven Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 267 – Building Regulations HB 5401 – Judges CS/CS/HB 1567 – Qualifications for County Emergency Management Directors CS/CS/HB…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Three Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 15, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/HB 1645 – Energy Resources CS/CS/HB 1331 – Commodities Produced by Forced Labor HB 7071 – Foreign Investments by the State Board of…

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MEMORANDUM: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

TO: Brian Fienemann, Director of Real Estate Development and Management FROM: Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day Peace Officers Memorial Day honors the lives of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $2.3 Million to Florida's Military Communities

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 13, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of $2.3 million through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program. These awards will bolster Florida’s military communities by supporting infrastructure projects and…

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MEMORANDUM: Executive Order 24-95 (Amending Executive Order 24-94, Emergency Management - May North Florida Tornadoes)

TO: Members of the Press FROM: Bryan Griffin, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Monday, May 13, 2024 RE: Executive Order 24-95 (Amending Executive Order 24-94, Emergency Management - May North Florida Tornadoes)…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 13, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: HB 7063 – Anti-human Trafficking To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Actions to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Survivors

CORAL GABLES, FL - On May 13, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced additional actions in Florida to stop human trafficking. The governor will approve $4.9 million in the 2024–2025 budget to expand access to emergency beds for victims of human…

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The Office of Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Recovery Efforts Following Severe Weather in North Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Governor Ron DeSantis issued EO 24-94 which designates 12 counties to be under a state of emergency in order to maximize state resources and cooperative efforts to assist in recovery following severe weather on May 10th, 2024, that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Highlight the Success of Hope Florida and Present Awards to Hope Florida Partners

Hope Florida has helped nearly 30,000 transition off of government assistance and is consequentially estimated to save Florida taxpayers nearly $800 million dollars over the next 10 years. PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL - On May 9, 2024, Governor Ron…

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Governor DeSantis Ensures Order on Florida's University and College Campuses

GAINESVILLE, FL – On May 8, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis touted Florida’s success in maintaining order and ensuring student safety on Florida’s campuses. In Florida, pro-Hamas encampments were disbanded in minutes, and Jewish…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints M. Carson Good to the Board of Governors of the State University System

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 8, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of M. Carson Good to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Carson Good Good, of Winter Park, is the President of Good Capital Group. Active in his…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Paul Applegarth to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 8, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Paul Applegarth to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees. Paul Applegarth Applegarth is the Chief Executive Officer of Value Enhancement…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Nathan Hoffman to the Florida Scholars Academy Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 8, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Nathan Hoffman to the Florida Scholars Academy Board of Trustees. Nathan Hoffman Hoffman is the Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy at the Foundation…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 8, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Polk County Court. Rachelle Williamson, of Winter Haven, to serve as Judge on the Polk County Court Williamson has served as an Assistant State…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Brings More Tax Relief for Florida's Families

Since 2019, the Governor has secured nearly $6.7 billion in tax cuts. CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – On May 7, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7073, providing $1.07 billion in tax relief for Floridians this year, in addition to the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 7, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/HB 7073 – Taxation To view the transmittal letters, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives 20 Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 7, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 22, 2024, to act on these bills. CS/HB 1305 - Residential Tenancies CS/CS/CS/HB 267 - Building…

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Florida Remains the #1 Destination for Domestic Tourism

Florida also ranks #2 for international tourism. TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 6, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that VISIT FLORIDA data shows that Florida has maintained its position as the #1 domestic tourist destination in the United States…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs 16 Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On May 6, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/HB 1473 - School Safety CS/CS/HB 1509 - Public Records CS/CS/HB 285 - Public Records CS/CS/HB 1077 - Clerks of Court CS/HB…

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Memorandum: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

To: Brian Fienemann, Director of Real Estate Management and Development From: Governor Ron DeSantis Date: Friday, May 3, 2024 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day Each year, we honor…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Chase Christianson to the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida

TALLAHSSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chase Christianson as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. Chase Christianson Christianson is the Chief Executive Officer of HCA Florida Gulf Coast…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Moshe Popack to the Florida Development Finance Corporation

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Moshe Popack to the Florida Development Finance Corporation. Moshe Popack Popack, of Miami Beach, is the Owner of YMP Real Estate Management, LLC and the Co-Founder of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Commission on Community Service

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ivan Chavez, Kristen “Rhea” Goff, and Heather Turnbull and the reappointment of John Davis and Sherry Wheelock to the Florida Commission on Community…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Silvia Castellanos to the Children's Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Silvia Castellanos to the Children’s Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County. Silvia Castellanos Castellanos, of Miami, is the Director of External Affairs for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Three to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Jason Barrett, Jessica Costello, and Carlos de la Cruz Jr. to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Jason Barrett Barrett is the Chief Executive Officer of Northwest…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Nina Ward as Bay County Supervisor of Elections

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Nina Ward as Bay County Supervisor of Elections. This appointment is effective June 8, 2024. Nina Ward Ward, of Panama City, is the Deputy Supervisor of Elections for Bay…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Strengthen Florida’s Protections Against the Agenda of the Global Elite

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation to further strengthen Florida’s protections for consumers, teachers, and employees from being forced to adopt ideologies or reflect a preferred political behavior. With…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Three Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 989 – Chief Financial Officer CS/HB 1291 – Educator Preparation Programs CS/CS/HB 939 – Consumer Protection To view the transmittal letter,…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Keep Lab-Grown Meat Out of Florida

HARDEE COUNTY, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1084 to prohibit the sale of lab-grown meat in the state of Florida. Florida is taking action to stop the World Economic Forum’s goal of forcing the world to eat lab-grown meat and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 1084 – Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services SB 7026 – Public Records To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Freedom Summer Savings

The Governor announced he would sign the Freedom Month Sales Tax Holiday and all Florida State Parks will be free to enter during Memorial Day Weekend TAMPA, FL -Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would be signing the Freedom Summer…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Six Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 15, 2024, to act on these bills. HB 7071 – Foreign Investments by the State Board of Administration CS/CS/HB…

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Governor DeSantis Announces 103-Day Gulf Red Snapper Recreational Season for 2024

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the record 103-day 2024 Gulf Red Snapper recreational season, the longest season since the state was delegated management of Gulf red snapper. This season will include both a summer and fall…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Recognize Florida's Heroes During the Second Annual Florida Heroes' Reception

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed heroes from across the state of Florida to the Florida Governor’s Residence to recognize them for their contributions to others and for exhibiting…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Record Investments in Services for Develop Mental Disabilities and Funding for The Els Center of Excellence

JUPITER, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the highest level of funding for direct services for people with unique abilities in Florida’s history with more than $2.2 billion going to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Investments to Strengthen Florida's Commitment to Conserving our Natural Resources

The Governor also awards of $60 Million for Alternative Water Supply Projects TALLAHASSEE, FL - This week, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted investments to continue to strengthen Florida’s natural resources, announcing his commitment to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Twenty Eight Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 613 - Mobile Home Park Lot Tenancies CS/CS/HB 1171 - Schemes to Defraud CS/CS/HB 1181 - Juvenile Justice CS/CS/HB 1389 - Digital Voyeurism CS/CS/HB 159 -…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court. Charles Helm, of Floral City, to serve as Judge on the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Helm has served as a County Court Judge…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Twenty Eight Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 10, 2024, to act on these bills. CS/CS/HB 939 - Consumer Protection CS/CS/CS/HB 1065 - Substance Abuse Treatment …

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Historic Investments in Florida's Water Quality and Manatee Rescue Projects Leads to Another Successful Release of a Manatee in Three Sisters Springs

First Lady Casey DeSantis and Mamie DeSantis helped send the Manatee “Toast” back into the spring. CRYSTAL RIVER, FL - Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and SeaWorld at…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Investments in Strengthening and Fortifying Florida

REDINGTON SHORES, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted Florida’s investments to strengthen the state’s defenses against hurricanes through infrastructure improvements, beach fortification and support for homeowners. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Successful Rescue of More Than 700 Total Americans from Haiti

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the State of Florida has successfully rescued 722 Americans from Haiti. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (the Division) began rescue operations at the direction of Governor…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Three Bills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 1029 – My Safe Florida Condominium Pilot Program CS/SB 7028 – My Safe Florida Home Program CS/CS/SB 988 – Public Records To view the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Funding for Land Conservation and Red Tide Mitigation

Significant Investments in the Florida Wildlife Corridor to Protect the Florida Panther NAPLES, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted $100 million in funding for the Florida Wildlife Corridor as appropriated in Senate Bill (SB) 1638, which…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/HB 1565 – Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $1.5 Billion for Everglades Restoration and Water Quality Improvements in Fiscal Year 2024–25

West Palm Beach, FL - On April 22, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to approving $1.5 billion included in the Fiscal Year 2024 - 25 budget passed by the Legislature to support Everglades restoration and water quality…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Twenty Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 7, 2024, to act on these bills. HB 7067 – Pretrial Detention Hearings CS/CS/HB 1565 – Florida Red…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Frederick 'Rick' Pullum to the Central Florida Expressway Authority

Tallahassee, FL - On April 19, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Frederick “Rick” Pullum to the Central Florida Expressway Authority. Frederick “Rick” Pullum Pullum is the President of One Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Gary Price to the Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL - On April 19, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Price to the Florida Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Board of Directors. Gary Price Price, of Naples, is the Owner and Partner of Fifth Avenue…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the South Florida State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL - On April 19, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Devon Donaldson and John Eason and the reappointment of Terry Atchley to the South Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Devon Donaldson Donaldson…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Four to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL - On April 19, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Stephen Black, Nicole de Lara Puente, Dr. Shaye Moskowitz, and Dr. Akram Shibani to the Biomedical Research Advisory Council. Stephen Black, PhD Black, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis DeSantis Appoints Gregory Holcomb to the Emergency Communications Board

Tallahassee, FL - On April 19, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Holcomb to the Emergency Communications Board. Gregory Holcomb Holcomb, of Orlando, is the Director of the Office of Public Safety Support and a 911…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Provide Additional Resources to Students

Kissimmee, FL - On April 18, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation to enable schools to host chaplain programs and patriotic organizations on campus. “Faith leaders and civic organizations are important additional resources for…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Unveils First-in-the-Nation Opportunity for Parents and Grandparents to Support Students in the Classroom

Lynn Haven, FL - On April 18, 2024, First Lady Casey DeSantis unveiled new Resiliency Florida resources to support students and parents to build resiliency at school and home. The First Lady also announced a first-in-the-nation opportunity for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL - On April 18, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 931 - School Chaplains CS/HB 1317 - Patriotic Organizations To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation Further Enhancing Florida's Education Standards on the Evils of Communism

Hialeah Gardens, FL - On April 17, 2024, on the 63rd anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1264, which strengthens Florida’s education standards that require teaching on the dangers and evils of Communism. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL - On April 17, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments, one to the Walton County Court and one to the Alachua County Court. Kelvin Wells, of DeFuniak Springs, to serve as Judge on the Walton County Court …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL - On April 17, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/SB 1264 – History of Communism To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Further Enhance Education in Florida

Jacksonville, FL - On April 16, 2204, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1285, which builds on Florida’s nation-leading education opportunities by providing high school students the ability to explore military service, empowering students to work…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL - On April 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/HB 1285 – Education To view the transmittal letters, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Twenty Nine Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL - On April 16, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 1, 2024, to act on these bills. CS/HB 1281 - Interception and Disclosure of Oral Communications …

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Governor DeSantis Champions Legislation to Further Enhance Florida Education

Pensacola, FL - On April 15, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted parts of HB 1285, a bill that further enhances Florida’s top-ranked education system. April 15, 2024's highlights from the bill included simplifying the process to convert…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL - On April 15, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 30, 2024, to act on these bills. CS/CS/HB 1285 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Fourteen Bills

Tallahassee, FL - On April 15, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 113 - Tax Collections and Sales CS/HB 151 - Florida Retirement System HB 353 - Alternative Headquarters for District Court Judg CS/CS/HB 537 - Student…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Protect Florida’s Law Enforcement Officers

AUGUSTINE, Fla.—On April 12, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation to increase penalties for those who harass officers in the course of their duty and legislation to prohibit localities from using political entities like Civilian Oversight…

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MILESTONE: Nearly 5,000 Bonuses of $5,000 Awarded to New Law Enforcement Recruits

Including 400 Law Enforcement Officers Recruited from Illinois, California, and New York ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.— On April 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has reached the milestone of nearly 5,000 bonuses awarded through the…

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To Benefit the Hope Florida Fund, First Lady Casey DeSantis Asks Floridians for Kid-Friendly Recipes

Submissions will be used to support Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— On April 12, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced a new website to collect family-oriented, kid-friendly recipes for a project designed to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints James Satcher as Manatee County Supervisor of Elections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—On April 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Satcher as Manatee County Supervisor of Elections. James Satcher Satcher, of Ellenton, is a Minister and a Manatee County Commissioner, representing…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Town of McIntosh Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—On April 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Eva Callahan, William “Lee” Deaderick, Donald Medeiros, and Richard Talbert to the Town of McIntosh Council. Eva Callahan Callahan is retired…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—On April 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Allocco Jr., Ryan Brady, and Gino Collura to the Pasco-Hernando State College District Board of Trustees. John Allocco Jr. Allocco, of Weeki Wachee,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Board of Optometry

Tallahassee, FL – On April 12, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Bryan Stam and the reappointment of Dr. Denise Burns-LeGros to the Board of Optometry. Dr. Bryan Stam Dr. Stam, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is an…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL - On April 12, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 601 – Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers SB 184 – Impeding, Threatening, or Harassing First Responders To view the transmittal…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Five Pieces of Legislation to Protect Children from Predatory Grooming and Other Sexual Offenses

PETERSBURG, Fl - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed five pieces of legislation to enhance and create additional criminal punishments for abusing children through grooming or other sexual offenses. These bills provide law enforcement with more tools…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills and Receives Two Bills From the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fl - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 1131 – Online Sting Operations Grant Program CS/CS/HB 1235 – Sexual Predators and Sexual Offenders CS/HB 305 – Offenses Involving Children CS/HB…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Eliminate Retail Theft and Porch Piracy

STUART, Fl - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 549, which increases penalties for retail theft, porch piracy, and inciting looting via social media. Retail theft is rampant in blue jurisdictions and a growing problem throughout the country…

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ICYMI: First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards $40,000 from The Hope Florida Fund to Law Enforcement Nonprofits Serving in Seminole County

Sanford, Fl - This week, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined officers from the Sanford Police Department for a law enforcement de-escalation training at Decision Tactical’s facility. The First Lady also met with families of fallen officers and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Strongest Anti-Illegal Immigration Legislation in the Country to Combat Biden's Border Crisis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1718 to combat the dangerous effects of illegal immigration caused by the federal government’s reckless border policies. This legislation makes using E-Verify mandatory…

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Governor DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/SB 1718 – Immigration To view the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Approves Record Increase in Teacher Pay and Signs the Nation's Most Comprehensive Package of Legislation to Support Teachers

MIAMI — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a landmark package of legislation to support and empower Florida’s teachers, reign in out-of-control unions and school boards, get TikTok out of schools, and protect the integrity of the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than 2,000 Bonuses Awarded to New Law Enforcement Recruits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida reached a key milestone, awarding more than 2,000 bonuses through the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. This program is designed to encourage Floridians…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Five Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 256 – Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees CS/HB 1035 – K-12 Teachers CS/CS/CS/HB 1537 – Education HB 477 –…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Forty-One Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 24, 2023, to act on these bills. CS/CS HB 1387 – Department of Health CS/HB 1597 – Florida…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. CS/CS/SB 258 – Prohibited Applications on Government-Issued Devices CS/CS/SB 264 – Interests of Foreign Countries…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Tragedy in Allen, Texas

TO: Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Development and Management FROM: Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Monday, May 8, 2023 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Tragedy in Allen, Texas As a mark of respect for the victims of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Cracks Down on Communist China

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor DeSantis signed three bills to counteract the malign influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the state of Florida. Last year, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to build upon the efforts he led…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Three Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 258 – Prohibited Applications on Government-Issued Devices CS/CS/SB 264 – Interests of Foreign Countries CS/CS/SB 846 – Agreements of…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Five Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. CS/HB 1035 – K-12 Teachers CS/CS/SB 256 – Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees CS/CS/CS/HB 1537…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Anastasia Norman, of Port Saint Lucie, to serve as Judge on the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Norman has…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

TO: Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Development and Management FROM: Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Saturday, May 6, 2023 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day Each year, we honor the fallen…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - May 5, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. CS/CS/SB 1604 – Land Use and Development Regulations The Governor has until May 20, 2023, to act on this…

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Governor DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/SB 1604 – Land Use and Development Regulations Click here to view the transmittal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates Historic Success During the 2023 Legislative Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis, joined by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner, marked the end of the 2023 Legislative Session. This Session was a historic success, with the Legislature passing…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record 70-Day 2023 Gulf Red Snapper Recreational Season

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2023 Gulf red snapper recreational season which will total 70 days, the longest combined season since the state assumed management of red snapper. The season includes both a 46-day…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates the 72nd Annual National Day of Prayer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis recognized the 72nd consecutive annual National Day of Prayer. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings bestowed on the state of Florida and on America. To read the National…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature: CS/CS/SB 1550 – Prescription Drugs CS/SB 1552 – Public Records The Governor has until May 10, 2023, to act on these…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Most Comprehensive Legislation in Florida History to Increase Accountability and Transparency for Prescription Drug Costs

JUPITER, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the most comprehensive reforms to Florida’s prescription drug market in state history. The Prescription Drug Reform Act codifies the Governor’s actions from last year to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis' Trade and Cultural Mission Trip Successfully Elevates Florida's Ties with Japan, South Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis led a delegation of state leaders and Florida businesses to Japan, South Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom on an international trade and cultural mission…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Elizabeth Gibson, of Orlando, to serve as Judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Gibson has served as a Judge on…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Two Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 1550 – Prescription Drugs CS/SB 1552 – Public Records Click here to view the transmittal…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - May 2, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. CS/CS/HB 3 – Government and Corporate Activism The Governor has until May 9, 2023, to act on this…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Protect Floridians' Financial Future and Economic Liberty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed comprehensive legislation to protect Floridians from the corporatist environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) movement — a worldwide effort to inject woke political…

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Governor DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/CS/HB 3 – Government and Corporate Activism Click here to view the transmittal…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 8, 2023, to act on these bills. CS/CS/HB 1297 – Capital Sexual Battery CS/CS/HB 1359 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Award $1.5 Million to Accelerate Flood Recovery Efforts in Southeast Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $1.5 million in grant awards through the Florida Disaster Fund to support the efforts of non-profit and faith-based organizations engaged in flood recovery efforts in Southeast…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Third Consecutive Anti-Crime, Pro-Public Safety Legislative Package

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law his third consecutive anti-crime, pro-public safety legislative package. The bills enacted by the Governor strengthen pre-trial detention and push back against “bail…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Four Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/HB 269 – Public Nuisances CS/CS/HB 1297 – Capital Sexual Battery CS/CS/HB 1359 – Offenses Involving Fentanyl or Fentanyl Analogs…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch

LONDON, UK – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Member of Parliament (MP) Kemi Badenoch, who is currently serving as the Secretary of State for Business and Trade and as the President of the Board of Trade in the United Kingdom. The…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of County Commissioner Nancy Detert

RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of County Commissioner Nancy Detert On Wednesday, April 5, 2023, County Commissioner Nancy Detert passed away at the age of 78. Detert had a long career in public service, serving in several capacities over a span…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Reinsurance Companies in London

LONDON, UK – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation President and CEO Tim Cerio for a discussion with reinsurance companies in the United Kingdom. In the meeting, Governor DeSantis provided an update…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Award of $100 Million to Impacted Coastal Communities Through Hurricane Stormwater and Wastewater Assistance Grant Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Shawn Hamilton announced the award of $100 million in funding for local governments that operate a stormwater or wastewater…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Enhanced Anti-Antisemitism and Anti-BDS Legislation in Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Israel as part of his international trade mission where he signed House Bill 269 to provide law enforcement agencies with new enforcement mechanisms to punish perpetrators of antisemitic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, Israel– While on a historic trade mission, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Florida continues to have a strong relationship with Israel, both economically and culturally. Florida and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Partnership Expansions with Innovative Health Care Company Insightec to Bring State-of-the-Art Cancer Treatment to Florida

JERUSALEM, Israel – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that innovative health care company Insightec will be expanding the Florida Brain State Program and providing access to a state-of-the-art brain technology already placed across…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Foreign Minister James Cleverly of the United Kingdom

LONDON, UK – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Foreign Minister James Cleverly to discuss Florida’s business relationship with the United Kingdom and mutual interests between the government of the United Kingdom and Florida. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Gives Remarks to Business Leaders in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – Governor Ron DeSantis met with business executives and delivered remarks on Florida’s economic partnership with South Korea while visiting on an international trade mission. South Korea is the Governor’s second…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs MOU with LowCarbon Hydrogen Corporation in South Korea, Company Set to Break Ground on Clean Hydrogen Facility in Florida

SEOUL, South Korea — Governor Ron DeSantis today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Korea-based LowCarbon Hydrogen Corporation to create a research hub for clean hydrogen technology in Florida. The company plans to develop a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-Soo to Highlight the Business Relationship Between Florida and South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Prime Minister Han Duck-Soo of South Korea to highlight the growing business relationship between Florida and South Korea. The Governor and First Lady were joined by Florida Secretary…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim ****-yeon and Strengthens Florida's Commercial Ties with South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim ****-yeon to demonstrate Florida’s position as a strong leader in economic development and trade and reaffirm a sister state agreement between…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Delegation Meet with Executives from Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Global

SEOUL, South Korea – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis, joined by Florida Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella and Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, met with Karl Kim, President of Hyundai Motor Group, and Hosung Song, President and CEO of Kia…

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In Case You Missed It: Governor Ron DeSantis Continues International Trade Mission in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Governor Ron DeSantis visited South Korea for his second stop during Florida’s trade mission. Governor DeSantis’ visit included meetings with South Korean leaders Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Gyeonggi…

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State of Florida, Israel Innovation Authority, and Israel-American Chamber of Commerce Sign Joint Declaration

JERUSALEM, Israel – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), the Israel Innovation Authority, and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Israel) as they signed a joint declaration to promote greater…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida, Israel Aerospace Agreement

JERUSALEM, Israel – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an agreement between Avenger Flight Group, LLC. (AFG), a Fort Lauderdale-based company, and EL AL Israel Airlines. At the Governor’s press conference in Israel, CEO and Founder…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Japanese Airline Industry Leaders to Discuss Future Direct Flights

TOKYO, Japan — Governor Ron DeSantis met with executives from All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to discuss new direct flight opportunities between Florida and Japan. The Governor was joined by Florida Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Discuss Partnership Opportunities

TOKYO, Japan — Governor Ron DeSantis met with members of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to discuss Japan and Florida’s space and aerospace ecosystems, creating an alliance that will enhance Florida’s place in the…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - April 26, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until May 3, 2023, to act on this bill. CS/CS/HB 269 – Public…

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In Case You Missed It: Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Begin International Trade Mission in Japan

TOKYO, Japan – Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis, joined by Florida Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella and Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, began an international trade mission in Japan. While there, the delegation met…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Leaders from JETRO

TOKYO, Japan — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with leaders from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). The purpose of the meeting was to celebrate the strong relationship between Florida and JETRO and to discuss partnership…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates Successful Meetings with KEIDANREN Business Executives in Japan

TOKYO, Japan – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with business executives from the Japanese business leaders from KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) for a celebratory lunch following successful meetings in Japan. The Governor is visiting…

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ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis Interviewed by Japanese News Outlet Nikkei Asia

TOKYO, Japan — Governor Ron DeSantis was interviewed by Japanese news outlet Nikkei Asia while visiting Japan on an international trade mission. While in Japan, the Governor met with key business executives and government leaders to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan

TOKYO, Japan. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan. The Governor and First Lady discussed business mutual interests and the trade relationship between Florida and Japan.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Holds Roundtable with Japanese Business Leaders to Kick Off International Business Development Mission

TOKYO, Japan — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis, along with Florida Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella, Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, and Enterprise Florida Vice Board Chair Freddie Figgers, led a roundtable discussion with Japanese…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi to Discuss Business Relationship Between Japan and Florida

TOKYO, Japan. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis met with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi of Japan to discuss the growing business relationship between Japan and Florida. The Governor was joined by First Lady Casey DeSantis, Florida Secretary…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - April 20, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 27, 2023, to act on this bill. CS/CS/SB 450 – Death…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Bill to Ensure Justice in Capital Cases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by parents of the victims of the Parkland mass murder to sign Senate Bill (SB) 450, which reforms Florida’s death penalty statutes including reducing the number of jurors needed…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces International Trade Mission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will lead an international trade mission, organized in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, to Japan, South Korea, Israel and the United Kingdom. The mission will build on…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Activates the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Making $5 Million Available for Businesses Impacted by Flooding in Southeast Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, making $5 million available for businesses impacted by flooding in Southeast Florida. Businesses in Broward County, including…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Award of More Than $13.6 Million for Innovative Technologies to Clean Up and Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of more than $13.6 million for innovative technologies and short-term solutions to aid in the prevention, cleanup and mitigation of harmful algal blooms. A list of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Legislative Action to Rebuke Disney's Last-Ditch Attempt to Defy the Legislature and the State of Florida

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson and members of the Legislature to announce legislative and Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) Board actions to nullify…

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ICYMI: Florida Division of Emergency Management Issues Updates on Southeast Florida Flooding

Widespread showers and thunderstorms overnight produced significant rainfall totals as a nearly stationary front over southeast Florida caused significant flooding. While Broward County has not requested assistance from the state, the Florida…

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MEMORANDUM: Executive Order 23-65 (Emergency Management – Broward County Flooding)

TO: Members of the Press FROM: Taryn Fenske, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Thursday, April 13, 2023 RE: Executive Order 23-65 (Emergency Management – Broward County Flooding) Good Afternoon, Today, Governor…

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ICYMI: Florida Division of Emergency Management Issues Updates on Southeast Florida Flooding - 4/13 Afternoon

In response to significant flooding in southeast Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 23-65 declaring a State of Emergency in Broward County. The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at a Level 2 in response to…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 20, 2023, to act on these bills. SB 300 – Pregnancy and Parenting Support CS/SB 360 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Heartbeat Protection Act

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 300, the Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions once the unborn child has a detectible heartbeat. “We are proud to support life and family in the state of…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - April 11, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 18, 2023, to act on this bill. CS/SB 106 – Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces four judicial appointments: one to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, one to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Duval County Court, and one to the Sarasota County Court.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million to Eight Florida Communities Through the Broadband Opportunity Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a second round of awards through the Broadband Opportunity Program to expand broadband Internet access in Florida’s underserved communities. More than $22 million was awarded…

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What Recruits Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than 1,750 Bonuses Awarded to New Law Enforcement Recruits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida has awarded more than 1,750 bonuses to newly employed law enforcement recruits through the Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. To date, 530 law enforcement recruits…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $4 Million for New I-75 Interchange in Ocala, Announces Third Buc-ee's Location in Florida

OCALA, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $4 million to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to add a new interchange at I-75 and Northwest 49th Street in Marion County. These funds…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than 1,750 Bonuses Awarded to New Law Enforcement Recruits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida continues to reach new milestones in law enforcement recruitment, issuing more than 1,750 bonuses through the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. This…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Fort Myers Beach with $11.9 Million, First Award Through the Local Government Emergency Bridge Loan Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $11.9 million to the Town of Fort Myers Beach through the Local Government Emergency Bridge Loan – the first award through the program created in a Special Legislative Session…

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Fish and Wildlife Foundation Honors First Lady Casey DeSantis for Her Lifetime Conservation Efforts at the Annual Night for Nature

JUPITER, Fla. — Last Friday, the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida honored First Lady Casey DeSantis at their annual Night for Nature fundraiser for her lifetime conservation efforts to raise awareness for the protection of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced one judicial appointment to the Pasco County Court. Knute Nathe, of Dade City, to serve as Judge on the Pasco County Court Nathe has been an associate at McClain Alfonso, P.A.…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Discusses Best Pet Practices with Florida Animal Advocates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis was joined by Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Melanie Griffin and Florida animal advocates to discuss ways to improve protections for Florida’s pet…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 10, 2023, to act on these bills. CS/HB 543 – Public Safety HB 7025 – Public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 543 - Constitutional Carry

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 543 which strengthens Floridians’ Second Amendment rights by allowing Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a government-issued permit. HB 543 goes into…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Two Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 543 – Public Safety HB 7025 – Public Records Please see the attached transmittal letter…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation to Support Economic Development Through Record Funding for Florida's Housing Programs

NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 102, the Live Local Act, representing the largest investment for housing efforts in state history. The bill invests $711 million in multiple programs to expand the…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Hope Florida - A Pathway to Potential, Expanding the Hope Florida Model to Support At-Risk Youth and Their Families

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of Hope Florida – A Pathway to Potential to break down government silos and expand services for at-risk youth and their families. “In Florida, we believe…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Host the First Annual Heroes' Reception at the Mansion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Last Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed heroes from across the state of Florida to the Governor’s Mansion to honor them for exhibiting courage, perseverance, and self-sacrifice. This…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee

TO: Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Management and Development FROM: Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee As a mark of respect for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $5.4 Million to Four Small and Rural Florida Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $5.4 million to the Town of Callahan, the City of Starke, the City of Haines City and the City of Labelle for community development projects that will expand job opportunities…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature - March 28, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until April 4, 2023, to act on this…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Historic Legislation to Expand School Choice Options to All Florida Students

MIAMI — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 1, which expands available school choice options for all students in Florida by eliminating financial eligibility restrictions and the current enrollment cap. Florida already has 1.3…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Digvijay "Danny" Gaekwad to the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad to the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees. Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad Gaekwad, of Ocala, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the State Board of Education

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kelly Garcia and MaryLynn Magar and the reappointment of Ryan Petty to the State Board of Education. Kelly Garcia Garcia serves on the Board of Directors of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Early Learning Coalition of Lake County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Courtney Yarkosky as Chair, Morgan Entsuah, and Laura Tolbert to the Early Learning Coalition of Lake County. Courtney Yarkosky Yarkosky, of Montverde, is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Board of Physical Therapy Practice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Steven Chenoweth, Ellen Donald, Rebecca Matthews, and Dr. Michele Morgan and the reappointment of Paul Kleponis to the Board of Physical Therapy Practice. Steven…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 31, 2023, to act on this bill. CS/CS/HB 837 – Civil…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida Adds 34,000 Private Sector Jobs, Unemployment Rate Remains at a Low 2.6 Percent While the National Rate Increases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s economy continues to work for Floridians with February’s unemployment rate remaining at a low 2.6 percent, while the national rate increased to 3.6 percent.…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Eight Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 32 – Florida Statutes SB 34 – Florida Statutes SB 36 – Florida Statutes SB 38 – Florida Statutes SB 40 – Florida Statutes…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Comprehensive Legal Reforms into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 837, Civil Remedies, to decrease frivolous lawsuits and prevent predatory practices of trial attorneys who prey on hardworking Floridians. This bill modifies the bad faith…

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4,500 Teachers Earn the Civics Seal of Excellence Endorsement and Receive $3,000 Bonuses

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted Florida’s continued commitment to expanding civics education in Florida schools and announced that the first 4,500 teachers have completed the Civics Seal of Excellence…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Becomes First State in the Nation to Collect Cancer Recurrence Data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that Florida will be the first state in the nation to collect cancer recurrence data – the Cancer Connect Collaborative’s first action to remove data access barriers…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 29, 2023, to act on these bills. SB 32 – Florida Statutes SB 34 – Florida Statutes…

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First Lady Casey Santis Announces Next Steps in Florida's First-In-The-Nation Approach to Create a Culture of Resiliency and Incentivize Parental Involvement in Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis held a roundtable at Florida State University to discuss Florida’s nation-leading efforts to reframe mental health education to focus on resiliency. Following the roundtable, the State…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Judge Kevin J. Carroll

On March 15, 2023, Second Judicial Circuit Judge Kevin J. Carroll passed away at the age of 67. Judge Carroll served his community as a judge for more than 12 years and as a lawyer for 40 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces an Expansion of Hope Florida to Harness the Generosity of Private Sector Entities

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced an expansion of her Hope Florida initiative to provide private sector business entities with a seat at the table to be part of the solution in meeting the needs of Floridians. Walgreens…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments: one to the First Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Lake County Court. Steven Warrick, of Gulf Breeze, to serve as Judge on the First Judicial Circuit…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Legislation to Protect Floridians from a Federally Controlled Central Bank Digital Currency and Surveillance State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced comprehensive legislation to protect Floridians from the Biden administration’s weaponization of the financial sector through a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Donald Rubottom as Chair to the Public Employees Relations Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald Rubottom as chair to the Public Employees Relations Commission. This appointment is effective March 27, 2023. Donald Rubottom Rubottom, of Tallahassee,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Recovery Efforts Following Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. —Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Fort Myers to highlight recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian. In the six months since Hurricane Ian made landfall, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has secured…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Preston Farrior to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionv

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Preston Farrior to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Preston Farrior Farrior, of Tampa, is the President of Cigar City Motors. He is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Alex Anderson, Dr. Rosemary Laird, Jason Lederman, and Stacy Plean and the reappointment of Corinne Labyak and Dr. Jonathan Weiss to the Alzheimer’s Disease…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Leads Alliance of 18 States to Fight Against Biden’s ESG Financial Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Three Years of Florida’s Success After Rejecting COVID-19 Orthodoxy

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis marked the third year since “15 Days to Slow the Spread” was implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and put the United States under a state of emergency. President Biden…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Hosts a Women of Faith Breakfast Reception to Discuss Hope Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed female faith leaders from across Florida into the Governor’s Mansion to discuss her Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity initiative spearheaded by First Lady Casey DeSantis.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Approval of Over $46.6 Million to Conserve 21,000 Acres to Further the Florida Wildlife Corridor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet approved the investment of over $46.6 million to conserve five properties across the state totaling more than 21,000 acres. Four of the five properties are in the…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Second Annual Spring 2023 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced the launch of the 2023 Florida Space Art Contest at Dante B. Fascell Elementary in Miami. With March being Youth Art Month, students in grades K–5 are…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida's Unemployment Rate Remains Lower Than the Nation for 27th Consecutive Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s January economic data demonstrates the continued strength and success of Florida’s economy. In January, Florida’s unemployment rate was 2.6% and remained…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Hosts Roundtable Exposing the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Scam in Higher Education

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion on divisive concepts such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the impact that these concepts have had on Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly 11,000 Foreigners Repatriated After Attempting to Enter Florida Illegally During Biden's Border Crisis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced since August 21, 2022, nearly 11,000 migrants have been repatriated after attempting to enter the state illegally. Over the weekend, 167 migrants were interdicted, with 51 migrants…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Debunks Book Ban Hoax

Click here for a video presentation. To download, click here. ***EXPLICIT CONTENT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN*** TAMPA, FL — On March 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis further set the record straight, debunking the mainstream media, unions and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Delivers State of the State Address

Tallahassee, FL — On March 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered his State of the State address to the joint legislative session from the Florida House of Representatives chamber in Tallahassee. Watch the full address here. You can find a full…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces First Month of Toll Relief Program Savings

Tallahassee, FL— On March 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Toll Relief Program, signed into law by the Governor in December 2022, concluded its first month of toll relief for Florida’s commuters in January, totaling nearly…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Two Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On March 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 17, 2023, to act on these bills. HB 11B – Sunshine Water Control District, Broward County…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $50 Million Available for Local Governments Impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that $50 million is available for communities impacted by hurricanes Ian and Nicole through the Local Government Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Administered by the Florida Department…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly 1,400 Bonuses Issued to New Law Enforcement Recruits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that nearly 1,400 bonuses have been issued to newly employed law enforcement recruits in Florida. Through the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program, 431 people from…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District

Lake Buena Vista, FL —On Feb 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Martin Garcia, Bridget Ziegler, Brian Aungst Jr., Michael A. Sasso, and Ron Peri to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, with Mr. Garcia appointed…

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Governor DeSantis Signs One Bill

Lake Buena Vista, FL — On Feb 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/HB 9B – Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange and Osceola Counties Click here to view the transmittal…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bill from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bill from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 14, 2023, to act on this bill. CS/HB 9B – Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange and Osceola…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Ending the Corporate Kingdom of Walt Disney World

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 9-B, Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange, and Osceola Counties, to end self-governing status and special privileges provided to Walt Disney World through the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cara Higgins and Richard Toppino to the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. Cara Higgins Higgins, of Key West, is the Owner of Cara Higgins Law Firm. She…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Three to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Jonathan “Scott” Christy, Kathy Panozzo, and Scott Reagan to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board. Jonathan…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Donald DeFosset to the Tampa Sports Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald DeFosset to the Tampa Sports Authority. Donald DeFosset DeFosset, of Tampa, is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Stormie Knight and the reappointment of Adrian Soud and Patricia Tuthill to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. …

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Memo: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Police Chief Derrick Diggs

MEMORANDUM TO: Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Development and Management Randall Pepitone, Deputy Police Chief, Fort Myers Police Department Brian Hamman, Chairman, Lee County Commissioners Kevin Anderson, Mayor, City of Fort Myers…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Host Students and Teachers to Celebrate Black History Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis honored Black History Month with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. At the event, the Governor and First Lady announced the winners of the student and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Legislation to Counteract Biden's Border Crisis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an extensive legislative proposal to take action against the increasing threats posed by illegal immigration as a result of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces the Cancer Connect Collaborative to Explore Innovative Strategies for Cancer Treatment and Care

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the Cancer Connect Collaborative, an expansion of Florida Cancer Connect that will assemble a team of medical professionals to analyze and rethink Florida’s approach to combatting…

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Inflation Hits Valentine’s Day

Floridians, On Tuesday, the January Consumer Price Index report was released and it indicated that inflation increased 6.4% annually. With inflation rates like these, people are going to have to do PB&Js more often. Everything is more…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Broward College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cindy Kushner, Alexis Yarbrough, and Mario Zanotti-Cavazzoni and the reappointment of Zachariah “Reggie” Zachariah Jr. to the Broward College…

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Florida Breaks Record for Highest Visitation in State History

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida had record visitation in 2022. VISIT FLORIDA estimates that Florida welcomed 137.6 million visitors in 2022, an increase of five percent over 2019 and 12.9 percent…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce Plans for $205.7 Million Opioid Settlement Agreement

DESTIN, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by First Lady Casey DeSantis to announce plans for the $205.7 million from the Opioid Settlement Agreement. These funds will establish the Office of Opioid Recovery, within the Department of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Southwest Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Holton, Dustin Rowland, and Robert Stern to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. James Holton Holton, of St. Petersburg, is the President and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eleven to the Florida Building Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Batts, David Compton, Brian Langille, Asael Marrero, Bradley Schiffer, Frederick Schilling Jr., and Stephen Wilcox and the reappointment of Michael…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Holmes County Housing Authority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Billy “Eddie” Dixon, Vernon Lewis, Jared White, and Betty Yancey to the Holmes County Housing Authority. ­­­Billy “Eddie” Dixon …

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Governor DeSantis Signs Bill to Empower Student Athletes and Support Professional Development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by student-athletes from Florida State University and the University of Florida to sign House Bill (HB) 7-B, revising Florida’s laws relating to Name, Image and Likeness (NIL).…

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Memo: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Representative James Rollins Eddy

On January 20, 2023, former Representative James Rollins Eddy passed away at the age of 91. From 1963 to 1968, Representative Eddy represented Broward County and District 82 in the Florida House. During his time in the House, he served on several…

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Florida Breaks Record for Highest Visitation in State History

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida had record visitation in 2022. VISIT FLORIDA estimates that Florida welcomed 137.6 million visitors in 2022, an increase of five percent over 2019 and 12.9 percent over…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Protect the Digital Rights and Privacy of All Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his proposal to protect Floridians’ digital rights and privacy from Big Tech companies by creating a Digital Bill of Rights that focuses on protecting Floridians’ privacy,…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Three Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2B – Emergency Response SB 4B – Statewide Prosecutor SB 6B – Transportation of Inspected Unauthorized Aliens Click Here To see the…

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Governor DeSantis Receives One Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until March 2, 2023, to act on this bill.

HB 7B – Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Comprehensive Lawsuit Reforms to Protect Floridians from Predatory Billboard Attorneys

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner to announce the most comprehensive reforms in decades to decrease frivolous lawsuits and prevent predatory…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Legislation to Protect Floridians from the Woke ESG Financial Scam

Naples, FL — On Feb 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner to announce comprehensive legislation to protect Floridians from the woke environmental, social, and corporate…

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Memo: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Remembrance Day

MEMORANDUM TO: Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Development and Management FROM: Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: Monday, February 13, 2023 RE: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Marjory Stoneman…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards $50,000 in Hope Florida Funds to Five Leon and Jackson County Non-Profit Organizations

Tallahassee, FL — First Lady Casey DeSantis and Mason DeSantis surprised five exceptional Leon and Jackson County non-profit organizations with $10,000 each through the Hope Florida Fund. Recipients recognized by the First Lady were: City…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $240 Million to Improve Water Quality Across the State

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $240 million through the Wastewater Grant Program to support 36 wastewater infrastructure projects to reduce nutrients in Florida’s waterways. Awarded projects include advanced…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Nominates Michael Yaworsky as Commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis nominated Michael Yaworksy as Commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). Yaworksky is currently Vice Chair of the Florida Gaming Control Commission and previously served as…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Lake Region Lakes Management District Board of Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Carter Adams and Dr. Kevin Henne to the Lake Region Lakes Management District Board of Commissioners. Carter Adams Adams, of Winter Haven, is the Owner and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints David Osteen to the Dixie County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Osteen to the Dixie County Board of County Commissioners. David Osteen Osteen is a Correctional Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections. He…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Christine Vanderpool to the Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Christine Vanderpool to the Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council. Christine Vanderpool Vanderpool is the Chief Information Security Officer for Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the Medical Examiners Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Barnett, Charles Cofer, Amira Fox, Robert “Bob” Johnson, Robin Sheppard, Dr. Joshua Stephany, and Dr. Barbara Wolf to the Medical Examiners…

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Governor DeSantis Recieves Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until February 25, 2023, to act on these bills. SB 2B – Emergency Response SB 4B –…

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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Biden's 'Tip Tax' is a Shame

Tallahassee, FL -- On Feb 8th, CFO Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following the IRS announcement of a proposed new tip reporting program between the IRS and employers in service industries. The IRS proposed the new revenue procedure this week to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $240 Million to Improve Water Quality Across the State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $240 million through the Wastewater Grant Program to support 36 wastewater infrastructure projects to reduce nutrients in Florida’s waterways. Awarded projects include advanced…

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Governor DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until February 25, 2023, to act on these bills. SB 2B – Emergency Response SB 4B – Statewide…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Legacy Media Defamation Practices

Click here or above to watch the roundtable. Use of video courtesy of the Executive Office of Governor Ron DeSantis. HIALEAH GARDENS, FL — On Feb 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable to discuss the damaging impacts of defamation from…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments - February 7, 2023

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments: one to the Hamilton County Court and one to the Hillsborough County Court. Jamie Tyndal, of Jasper, to serve as Judge on the Hamilton County Court…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Plan to Provide a Historic $2 Billion in Tax Relief for Florida Families

OCALA, FL. — On Feb 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner to highlight their intent to pass the largest tax relief proposal in Florida history to save Florida families a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Award of More than $275 Million through the Resilient Florida Grant Program

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of more than $275 million immediately available for 75 resilience projects using already-appropriated funding through the Resilient Florida program to help prepare coastal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments to Florida’s Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Michael…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Central Florida Expressway Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Feb 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Christopher “C.J.” Maier and Rafael “Ralph” Martinez to the Central Florida Expressway Authority. Christopher “C.J.” Maier…

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What They Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Framework for Freedom Budget

Tallahassee, FL — Two days ago, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his Framework for Freedom Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. The Framework for Freedom Budget totals $114.8 billion, with total reserves exceeding $15 billion. The…

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TikTok Bans, Budgets, and Backing Small Businesses

This week, we toured the state stopping in Clermont, Tampa, and Boca Raton to highlight my “Four Pillars of IRS Protection”to safeguard Florida families and small businesses from overreach by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). With…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Private-Sector Support for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian and Awards $2.6 Million to Accelerate Recovery Efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. — On Feb 3rd, First Lady Casey DeSantis met with individuals impacted by Hurricane Ian and awarded funding through the Florida Disaster Fund to non-profits and faith-based organizations that have supported Floridians impacted…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces First Awards Through Broadband Opportunity Program

More Than $144 Million Awarded to 58 Projects Across 41 Florida Counties MILTON, FL — On Feb 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the first set of awards through the Broadband Opportunity Grant Program to expand access to broadband internet…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Private-Sector Support for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian and Awards $2.1 Million to Accelerate Recovery Efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis met with individuals impacted by Hurricane Ian and awarded funding through the Florida Disaster Fund to non-profits and faith-based organizations that have supported Floridians impacted by…

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Framework for Freedom Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two days ago, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his Framework for Freedom Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023-2024. The Framework for Freedom Budget totals $114.8 billion, with total reserves exceeding $15 billion. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Patrick Zalupski to the University of Florida Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Feb 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Patrick Zalupski to the University of Florida Board of Trustees. Patrick Zalupski Zalupski of Ponte Vedra Beach is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards $50,000 in Hope Florida Funds to Five Polk County Non-Profit Organizations

Auburndale, FL — First Lady Casey DeSantis surprised five exceptional Polk County non-profit organizations with $10,000 each through the Hope Florida Fund. Recipients recognized by the First Lady were: Everyday Christians Helping Orphans…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Framework for Freedom Budget

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Feb 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his Framework for Freedom Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023–2024. The Framework for Freedom Budget totals $114.8 billion, with total reserves exceeding $15 billion. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces First Awards Through Broadband Opportunity Program

MILTON, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the first set of awards through the Broadband Opportunity Grant Program to expand access to broadband internet for Florida’s underserved communities. More than $144 million was…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards $50,000 in Hope Florida Funds to Five Polk County Non-Profit Organizations

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — First Lady Casey DeSantis surprised five exceptional Polk County non-profit organizations with $10,000 each through the Hope Florida Fund. Recipients recognized by the First Lady were: Everyday Christians Helping Orphans…

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Governor DeSantis Elevates Civil Discourse and Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education

Legislative Proposal Takes a Stand Against Academic Discrimination and Indoctrination Sarasota, FL – On Jan 31st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislation for the 2023 Session to further elevate civil discourse and intellectual freedom in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Leah Valenti as Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Leah Valenti as Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections. Leah Valenti Valenti, of Port Charlotte, is the External Affairs Manager for TECO Peoples Gas. She…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Watson Ducatel to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Watson Ducatel to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Watson Ducatel Dr. Ducatel is the Owner and Physician of Healthy Bodies Medical Center. He…

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Governor DeSantis Elevates Civil Discourse and Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education

SARASOTA, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislation for the 2023 Session to further elevate civil discourse and intellectual freedom in higher education, further pushing back against the tactics of liberal elites who suppress…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Moving Florida Forward Infrastructure Initiative

Governor proposes a $4 billion investment, which will be leveraged for a total of $7 billion, to expedite projects that will alleviate congestion and prioritize safety Auburndale, FL — On Jan 30th, Governor DeSantis announced the Moving…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Law and Order Legislation

MIAMI — On Jan 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his legislative proposal to maintain and further improve Florida’s 50-year record low crime rate. This proposal pushes back against the abolishment of cash bail, increases penalties…

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Memo: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Aerospace Hero Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr.

Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr. passed away on December 9, 2022, at the age of 94. Born and raised in the State of Florida, Colonel Kittinger was a proud Floridian who accomplished many aviation achievements throughout his life. He dedicated…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Hometown Heroes Program Reaches Milestone $50 Million Awarded for Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program has awarded more than $50 million in down payment and closing cost assistance to Florida’s hometown heroes. The program…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Law and Order Legislation

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Law and Order Legislation MIAMI — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his legislative proposal to maintain and further improve Florida’s 50-year record low crime rate. This proposal pushes back…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Hometown Heroes Program Reaches Milestone $50 Million Awarded for Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Hometown Heroes Program Reaches Milestone $50 Million Awarded for Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Hometown Heroes housing…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unprecedented Legislation to Empower Educators, Protect Teachers from Over Reaching School Unions and Raise Teacher Pay

JACKSONVILLE, FL — On Jan 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an unprecedented legislative proposal to create a Teacher’s Bill of Rights that empowers educators to be leaders in their classrooms, enact paycheck protection, reduce terms…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent in December 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.5 percent in December 2022, a historic low last reached in 2006, demonstrating that Florida has continued to grow and recover…

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Florida Backs the Blue

Floridians, Early this week, the Florida Cabinet convened to recognize brave individuals from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), who had been awarded special honors in 2021. I am always proud to be able to honor the heroes that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unprecedented Legislation to Empower Educators, Protect Teachers from Overreaching School Unions and Raise Teacher Pay

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unprecedented Legislation to Empower Educators, Protect Teachers from Overreaching School Unions and Raise Teacher Pay JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an unprecedented…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $20 Million for Water Quality Projects to Restore the Indian River Lagoon

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $20 million to support water quality improvement projects along the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). These projects will help collect stormwater runoff and treat it to reduce the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Funding to Support Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

$1 million will support teachers impacted by Hurricane Ian and $13.8 million will support mental health services Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he has directed the Department of Children and Families…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet Invest Over $17.7 Million to Conserve 3,500 Acres in Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet approved the investment of more than $17.7 million to conserve more than 3,500 acres across the state. The five properties stretch from Nassau County south to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Award of $100 Million for Beach Recovery Following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole

Funding to support restoration of Florida’s beaches, the state’s first line of defense against storm events Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of $100 million to support beach nourishment…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $20 Million for Water Quality Projects to Restore the Indian River Lagoon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $20 million to support water quality improvement projects along the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). These projects will help collect stormwater runoff and treat it to reduce the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Funding to Support Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he has directed the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to utilize $13.8 million in grant funding to support and expand mental health resources for Floridians impacted by…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Initiative to make Protections from COVID Mandates Permanent, Enact New Protections for Free Speech for Medical Practitioners

Permanently Protecting Floridians from the “Biomedical Security State” Panama City Beach, FL — On Jan 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a common-sense legislative proposal to make permanent COVID-19 freedoms in Florida. This…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Maria Bosque-Blanco to the School Board of Miami-Dade County

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Maria Bosque-Blanco to the School Board of Miami-Dade County. Maria Bosque-Blanco Bosque-Blanco, of Miami, is a Guidance Counselor at Our Lady of Lourdes…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard. Luis Soler Soler is the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations for the Florida State Guard.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Initiative to Make Protections from COVID Mandates Permanent, Enact New Protections for Free Speech for Medical Practitioners

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Initiative to Make Protections from COVID Mandates Permanent, Enact New Protections for Free Speech for Medical Practitioners PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a common-sense…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Maria Bosque-Blanco to the School Board of Miami-Dade County

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Maria Bosque-Blanco to the School Board of Miami-Dade County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Maria Bosque-Blanco to the School Board of Miami-Dade County. Maria…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Further Prohibits Woke ESG Considerations from State Investments

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Trustees of the State Board of Administration (SBA) formally approved measures to protect Florida’s investments from woke environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG),…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment-January 13, 2023

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment-January 13, 2023 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Javier Enriquez, of Miami, to serve as…

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During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Florida Highway Patrol Host Roundtable to Highlight Human Trafficking and Drug Trafficking Prevention Efforts

Brooksville, FL — On Jan 12th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) hosted a roundtable discussion with law enforcement leaders about efforts to combat human trafficking. At the roundtable, law…

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Florida Launches 2023 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

Student essay contest winners will receive a 2-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 13th, the Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida officially…

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What They Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis Proposes Relief for Prescription Drug Prices, Protects Small Businesses from Pharmaceutical Middlemen

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis was in The Villages to announce a legislative proposal to protect consumers and small businesses and rein in Pharmacy Benefit Managers through accountability in Florida’s drug market.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Board of Dentistry

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ben Assad Mirza and the reappointment of Dr. Christine Bojaxhi and Dr. Thomas McCawley to the Board of Dentistry. Ben Assad Mirza Mirza, of Plantation, is an…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. Javier Enriquez, of Miami, to serve as Judge on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Enriquez has served as a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Unveils Comprehensive Legislation to Increase Big Pharma Transparency and Accountability and Lower Prescription Drug Prices

The Villages, FL — On Jan 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled a legislative proposal to reign in unchecked Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and drive transparency among prescription drug prices influenced by Big Pharma. This proposal furthers…

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What They Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis Proposes Relief for Prescription Drug Prices, Protects Small Businesses from Pharmaceutical Middlemen

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Florida Launches 2023 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests

Florida Launches 2023 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida officially launched the 2023 Black History Month student art and essay contests…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Board of Dentistry

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Board of Dentistry TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ben Assad Mirza and the reappointment of Dr. Christine Bojaxhi and Dr. Thomas McCawley to the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the following appointment to Florida’s Twentieth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Twentieth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Katherine…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Historic Executive Order Continuing Commitment to Stewardship of Florida’s Natural Resources

Bonita Springs, FL — On Jan 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-06 (Achieving Even More Now for Florida’s Environment), to further advance the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality. The Executive…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Highlights 2022 Administration Successes

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 10th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez highlighted the 2022 Administration successes across public health, space, cyber, human trafficking, and various other areas. "In our first term in office, we not only…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Major General John D. Haas as Adjutant General of Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Major General John D. Haas as Adjutant General of Florida. Major General John D. Haas Major General Haas is the Assistant Adjutant General – Army and…

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What They Are Saying: Environmental Leaders Applaud Governor Ron DeSantis’ Historic Executive Order Continuing His Commitment to Stewardship of Florida’s Natural Resources

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-06 (Achieving Even More Now for Florida’s Environment) to further advance the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality. Read what…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Administration’s Major Accomplishments of 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted the efforts his administration has taken on behalf of Floridians over the past year. Fostering a Nation-Leading Economy In 2022, Florida’s unemployment rate continued…

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Keeping Florida Free in 2023

Floridians, This week, I was honored to be sworn in for a second term as Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal of the free state of Florida. My journey in public service started nearly 18 years ago, and since the beginning, I have always…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Administration's Major Accomplishments of 2022

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Governor Ron DeSantis Nominates Dave Kerner as Executive Director of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Governor Ron DeSantis Nominates Dave Kerner as Executive Director of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis nominated Dave Kerner as Executive Director of the Florida…

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Memo: Executive Order 23-02 (Emergency Management - Extension of Executive Order 22-253 - Hurricane Nicole)

On Jan 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 23-02 (Emergency Management - Extension of Executive Order 22-253 - Hurricane Nicole), extending the state of emergency for Hurricane Nicole. This extension is necessary because impacted…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Nominates Dave Kerner as Executive Director of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Governor DeSantis also announced his appointment of Michael Barnett to the Palm Beach County Commission Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis nominated Dave Kerner as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Christopher Rufo, Dr. Matthew Spalding, Dr. Charles R. Kesler, Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Debra Jenks, and Jason “Eddie” Speir to the New College of Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $79 Million for Nursing Education and Health Care Partnerships

The funding rewards excellence among nursing education programs and provides workforce support throughout the state Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $79 million for high-performing nursing education programs in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order and Activates National Guard to Provide Support as Biden Administration Ignores Alarming Influx of Migrants to Florida Keys

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Jan 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order (EO) 23- 03 (Emergency Management – Illegal Migration), activating the Florida National Guard, directing state law enforcement agencies and other state agencies…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jose R. Oliva to the Board of Governors of the State University System

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jose R. Oliva to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Jose R. Oliva Oliva is the Chief Executive Officer at Oliva International Foods. A…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $79 Million for Nursing Education and Health Care Partnerships

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $79 Million for Nursing Education and Health Care Partnerships TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $79 million for high-performing nursing education programs in Florida. The funding…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 23-02 (Emergency Management-Extension of Executive Order 22-253-Hurricane Nicole)

Memorandum: Executive Order 23-02 (Emergency Management-Extension of Executive Order 22-253-Hurricane Nicole) MEMORANDUM TO: Members of the Press FROM: Taryn Fenske, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jose R. Oliva to the Board of Governors of the State University System

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jose R. Oliva to the Board of Governors of the State University System TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jose R. Oliva to the Board of Governors of the State…

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Governor DeSantis Delivers Inaugural Address, Sets Priorities for Second Term

Tallahassee, FL — On Jan 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered his second inaugural address from the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol in Tallahassee. In his address to Floridians, Governor DeSantis highlighted the progress that Florida has…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Corporal Ray Hamilton

On Saturday, December 24, 2022, Corporal Ray Hamilton passed away from critical injuries sustained in the line of duty when responding to a domestic violence incident. He served the community as a Deputy for the last five-and-a-half years in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Board of Podiatric Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Snyder and Dr. Cary Zinkin and the reappointment of Dr. Mark Block to the Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Robert Snyder Dr. Snyder is the Dean of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Board of Optometry

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of John Griffin and Dr. Katie Spear to the Board of Optometry. John Griffin Griffin, of Tallahassee, is an Attorney with Carson & Linn, P.A. He previously…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Chiropractic Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Todd Cielo and Luis Fuste and the reappointment of Dr. Walter Melton and Dr. Michael Roberts to the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Todd Cielo Dr.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Board of Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory Coffman and Dr. Matthew Benson to the Board of Medicine. Dr. Gregory Coffman Dr. Coffman is a Pediatrician at Orlando Health Physician…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the Board of Pharmacy

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Hickman, Daniel Kirk, Dr. Cristina Medina, Dr. Jeffrey Mesaros, Jeenu Philip, and Stephen “Ryan” West and the reappointment of Maja Gift…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Maruchi Azorin, Melissa Stone, and Maria Wells to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Maruchi Azorin Azorin, of Tampa, is the Owner and Chief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the E911 Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Karen Dearden, Arnold Godwin, and Jason Shimko to the E911 Board. Karen Dearden Dearden, of Tallahassee, is the External Affairs Manager for AT&T…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County. Daniel Foganholi Foganholi, of Coral Springs, is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments - December 20, 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three judicial appointments to the Sixth District Court of Appeal. These appointments are to fill the three vacancies, created by the enactment of HB 7027, that take effect on…

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Memo: Executive Order 22-278 (Special Election - House District 24)

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-278 (Special Election - House District 24), ordering a special election for Florida House District 24. Earlier this month, Representative Joe Harding resigned from his position, creating a vacancy in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $35 Million to 48 Florida Communities for Community Development

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $35 million to 48 Florida communities through Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for economic development, commercial and neighborhood…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Palmer Clarkson to the Jacksonville Port Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Palmer Clarkson to the Jacksonville Port Authority. Palmer Clarkson Clarkson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgestone HosePower,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dewey “Parker” Destin and the reappointment of James Neilson Jr. and Kim Wintner to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority. Dewey “Parker” Destin…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ken Angel, Marian “Lynn” Cunningham, and Brittney Tyler and the reappointment of Philip DeBiasi to the Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Ken…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Roy Alaimo to the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Roy Alaimo to the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners. Roy Alaimo Alaimo is the Owner of Alaimo Strategies. He is a former District…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kristin Creegan, Mark Kruse, Evalyn Oreto and the reappointment of Herbert Jourdan Jr. and Shawn Wilson to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. Kristin…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-279 (Declaring a Vacancy on the Broward County School Board)

Memorandum: Executive Order 22-279 (Declaring a Vacancy on the Broward County School Board) TO: Members of the Press FROM: Taryn Fenske, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis DATE: …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County- December 22, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Foganholi to the School Board of Broward County. Daniel Foganholi…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More than $7.1 Million in Awards to Support Florida’s Rural Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Dec 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $7.1 million in awards to nine Florida communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) program. “These strategic investments in our rural communities…

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Florida Surpasses 600 Bonuses Distributed to New Law Enforcement Recruits Through Bonus Program

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than 600 bonuses have been awarded to newly employed law enforcement recruits since the launch of the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Program. Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Clay County Development Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bruce Butler and Keith Ward and the reappointment of Alexandria Hill and Jonathan Vallencourt to the Clay County Development Authority. Bruce Butler Butler…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Children’s Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Norman Gerstein, Lourdes Gimenez, Nicole Gomez Goldmeier, and Dr. Clara Lora Ospina to the Children’s Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County. Norman…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Small Business Development Center Network Statewide Advisory Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Barbara Bonarrigo, Jordan Johnson, and Marielena Villamil to the Florida Small Business Development Center Network Statewide Advisory Board. Barbara Bonarrigo…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More than $7.1 Million in Awards to Support Florida's Rural Communities

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More than $7.1 Million in Awards to Support Florida's Rural Communities TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $7.1 million in awards to nine Florida communities through the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments-December 20, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three judicial appointments to the Sixth District Court of Appeal. These appointments are to fill the three vacancies,…

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We Put Policyholders First

Floridians, This week, I delivered testimony to the House Appropriations Committee during special session to support the Legislature's efforts to reform Florida's insurance industry. I support this legislation, specifically because it puts the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2-A – Property Insurance SB 4-A – Disaster Relief To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Dec 16, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announces four judicial appointments to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. These appointments are to fill the four vacancies, created by the enactment of HB 7027, that take effect on…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: SB 6A – Toll Relief To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bethany McAlister and Stephanie Westerman and the reappointment of Dr. Mavara Agrawal, James “Chip” Byers, and Laurie Sallarulo to the Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Florida Independent Living Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amy Grissom, William “Brent” McNeal, and Rosemary “Rose” Miles and the reappointment of Robert Melia and Donald Moran to the Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Adler to the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Adler to the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors. Daniel Adler Adler, of Fort Myers, is the Director of Legal Compliance for Millennium…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Clair Pease to the Bay County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Clair Pease to the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. Clair Pease Pease, of Panama City Beach, is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald View…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills to Support Disaster Relief and Help Stabilize Florida’s Property Insurance Market

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL — On Dec 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed two bills following the special session that took place this week. Governor DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 4-A which provides $750 million for additional disaster relief to…

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Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.6 Percent, Job Growth Rate Exceeds Nation’s for 20th Consecutive Month

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent — the lowest among the nation’s top ten largest states and 1.1 percent lower than the nation’s. November…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills-December 16, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills-December 16, 2022 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2-A – Property Insurance SB 4-A – Disaster Relief To read the transmittal letter,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Appointments

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Appointments TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces four judicial appointments to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. These appointments are to fill the four vacancies, created…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Board of Accountancy

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michelle Maingot and Steven Platau and the reappointment of William Blend, Shireen Sackreiter, and Brent Sparkman to the Board of Accountancy. Michelle…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Expand Toll Relief for Florida Families

The Toll Relief Program will begin on January 1st and will cut tolls in half for an estimated 1.2 million Florida commuters FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — On Dec 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 6A, establishing the Toll Relief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL – On Dec 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Miami-Dade County Court. Christopher Green, of Miami, to serve as Judge on the Miami-Dade County Court Green has served as Assistant State…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Over $60 Million in Donations for the Florida Disaster Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 14th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the Florida Disaster Fund has raised over $60 million in donations to help with recovery in communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. “It has been heartwarming to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Professional Engineers

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Christopher Dawson, James Gonzalez, and Sam Mousa and the reappointment of Yassi Myers to the Board of Professional Engineers. Christopher Dawson Dawson is…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Board of Nursing

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Diana Forst, Judy Frum, Jenee Peters, and Jennifer Wages and the reappointment of Jody Rain to the Board of Nursing. Diana Forst Forst is a Registered Nurse…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until December 29, 2022, to act on these bills. SB 2A – Property Insurance SB 4A – Disaster Relief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Petitions Florida Supreme Court for Statewide Grand Jury on COVID-19 Vaccines and Announces Creation of the Public Health Integrity Committee

West Palm Beach, FL — On Dec 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion joined by Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo and world-renowned physicians, researchers, and public health experts to discuss adverse events of the mRNA…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment-December 13, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment-December 13, 2022 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Miami-Dade County Court. Christopher Green, of Miami, to serve as Judge on…

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Watch Live: Governor Ron DeSantis to Host a Roundtable Discussion with Surgeon General Dr. Ladapo

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Governor Ron DeSantis will host a live-streamed roundtable discussion on Tuesday, December 13th. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion WHO: Governor Ron DeSantis Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo …

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Florida Ranked #1 in Nation for Parent Involvement in Education

The Center for Education Reform adds another nation-leading accolade to Florida’s world-class education system Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s ranking as the number one state in the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Elise Engle, of Tampa, is an…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Construction Industry Licensing Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jonathan Cook and Fred Kobie and the reappointment of Bradley Barreto, Frank Cawthon, Mario Famada, and Brian “Parks” Wilson to the Construction…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Larry Cretul and the reappointment of Ryan Benson, Sandra Einhorn, and Dev Motwani to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Larry Cretul Cretul is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $75 Million Awarded to Statewide Springs Restoration Projects

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $75 million for 30 statewide springs restoration projects to aid the recovery of and provide additional protection for Florida’s springs. The Florida Department of…

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The SBA Must Transition Away from Black Rock

Floridians, This week, I sent a letter to the State Board of Administration (SBA), recommending that they transition away from BlackRock as one of the state's asset management firms. We are encouraging this after the Florida's Treasury's…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Indian River State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Vicki Davis, Christa Luna, Dr. Madhu Sasidhar, and John “Brantley” Schirard and the reappointment of Dr. Melissa Kindell and Milo Thornton to the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Teacher Contest Winners at Ceremony at Governor’s Mansion

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Dec 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis honored this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month student and educator contest winners in a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. This year, students wrote essays…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941, over two thousand American soldiers and civilians lost their lives and over one thousand were injured in the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor. We remember the lives lost on that fateful day and honor the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tracy Caruso, Patrick Rooney, and Carlos Vidueira to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Tracy Caruso Caruso, of Delray Beach, is the President of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tricia Berry, Bill Cramer, Dr. Abel De La Rosa, and Caroline Windham and the reappointment of Frank Hall, Charles Powell, and Joe Tannehill Jr. to the Gulf Coast…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Geri Atkinson-Hazelton to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Geri Atkinson-Hazelton to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. Geri Atkinson-Hazelton Atkinson-Hazelton, of Tallahassee, is the former General…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Christopher Creegan, Dr. Monica Mortensen, and Dr. Gregory Williams to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Christopher Creegan Creegan is the Owner and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce Funding to Repair Homes and Meet Unmet Needs of Hurricane Ian Impacted Residents

Up to $25 million from the State of Florida will go toward purchasing building materials to conduct repairs and up to $35.2 million from the Florida Disaster Fund will go to housing and social services support organizations to cover the costs…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day

On December 6, 2019, a horrific act of terrorism was committed at Naval Air Station Pensacola, taking the lives of three U.S. Navy sailors and injuring other heroic victims. As a mark of respect for the victims, I signed the attached Proclamation…

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Inaugural Native American Heritage Month Student and Educator Contest Winners Announced in Ceremony at Governor’s Mansion

Tallahassee, FL — This week, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis honored Native American Heritage Month with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. At the event, the Governor and First Lady announced the winners of the…

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Florida Treasury Divesting $2 Billion from BlackRock

Floridians, This week, I announced that the Florida Treasury is going to begin divesting $2 billion worth of assets that are currently under the management of BlackRock. As your CFO, it is one of my highest responsibilities to make sure that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On Dec 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments: one to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Palm Beach County Court. John Parnofiello, of Jupiter, to serve as Judge on the Fifteenth…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Over $22 Million for Water Quality Projects to Benefit Biscayne Bay

Key Biscayne, FL — On Dec 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced seven awards totaling $22.7 million to support water quality improvements and protection of Biscayne Bay. Projects funded through the Biscayne Bay Grant Program include septic to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $5.5 Million for Infrastructure in Jacksonville Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Jacksonville, FL — On Nov 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $5.5 million to the City of Jacksonville through the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to construct a rail spur for the mega site at the Cecil Commerce Center, a…

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Governor DeSantis Appoints Roberto Gonzalez to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Roberto Gonzalez to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, District 11. Roberto Gonzalez Gonzalez, of Miami, is Owner and Managing Partner of the…

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Video Release: Governor Ron DeSantis Wishes Floridians a Happy Thanksgiving

Video Release: Governor Ron DeSantis Wishes Floridians a Happy Thanksgiving TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis released a video in advance of Thanksgiving: I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Two hundred and…

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Join the Holiday Money Hunt this Season

Floridians, On Nov 22nd, I would like to encourage all Floridians to join the Holiday Money Hunt to look and see if you or your business has Unclaimed Property in Florida. The holidays can be an expensive time, and it's the perfect opportunity to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointment to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission. First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Zachary “Zack” Smith, of…

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Video Release: Governor Ron DeSantis Wishes Floridians a Happy Thanksgiving

Video available for use courtesy of the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis. Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis released a video in advance of Thanksgiving: I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Two hundred and…

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Governor DeSantis Appoints Roberto Gonzalez to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Governor DeSantis Appoints Roberto Gonzalez to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Roberto Gonzalez to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Espino to the School Board of Miami-Dade County

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Espino to the School Board of Miami-Dade County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Espino to the School Board of Miami-Dade County effective November…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unite Florida Portal for State Sheltering and Housing Assistance

Residents impacted by Hurricane Ian can visit the Unite Florida Recovery Portal to report sheltering and housing needs and additional unmet needs Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 21st, Governor DeSantis announced the launch of the Unite Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Daniel Espino to the School Board of Miami-Dade County

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Espino to the School Board of Miami-Dade County effective November 22, 2022. Daniel Espino Espino, of Miami Springs, is a Partner and Attorney of Bercow…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment

Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointment to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission. First Judicial Circuit…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unite Florida Portal for State Sheltering and Housing Assistance

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unite Florida Portal for State Sheltering and Housing Assistance TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor DeSantis announced the launch of the Unite Florida Recovery Portal to connect Floridians impacted by…

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Florida Creates Jobs for the 30th Consecutive Month, Shows Economic Resiliency Despite Impacts of Hurricane Ian

More Floridians Enter the Workforce While National Labor Force Shrinks Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s economic data continues to show strength even with impacts from Hurricane Ian in…

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WellMed Charitable Foundation Contributes $400,000 to Support First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hope Hero Volunteer Program

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 18th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that Florida’s Aging Network received a $400,000 grant from the WellMed Charitable Foundation to continue support of seniors in their recovery from Hurricane Ian through…

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Video Release: Governor DeSantis Speaks at 44th Annual Southeastern United States – Japan Conference

Video available for use courtesy of the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis. Orlando, FL — On Nov 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis welcomed a diplomatic delegation from Japan to Florida and provided the keynote address for the opening ceremony of…

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Honoring Florida's Fallen Firefighters

Floridians, On Nov 18th, I had the distinct honor to attend the annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service and commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Florida’s firefighters and fire service professionals. These heroes are ready to answer…

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Florida Tourism Continues to Experience Record Growth in Q3 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced continued record visitation to Florida in the third quarter of 2022. VISIT FLORIDA estimates that Florida welcomed 35.1 million visitors between July and September 2022, marking a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces State Office Closures on November 23rd, December 23rd and December 30th in Celebration of the Holidays

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that state offices will be closed on November 23rd, December 23rd and December 30th. “Our state employees have worked hard throughout the year, especially over the past few…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $8.7 Million for Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts and Workforce Education

Matlacha, FL — On Nov 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $7.7 million through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant program and the Job Growth Grant Fund (JGGF) to support a large-scale rapid credentialing effort between…

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Florida Designates 114 Purple Star Schools

Purple Star designation recognizes schools that provide extra support for children of military families Fort Walton Beach, FL — On Nov 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced 114 schools in 10 counties across the state will be designated as…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole - November 13, 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reopening of all sections of State Road (S.R.) A1A with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) expediting emergency repairs in the wake of Hurricane Nicole. The storm…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole - November 14, 2022

Tallahassee, FL — Last week, Hurricane Nicole made landfall along Florida’s east coast as a Category 1 hurricane. Since then, the State of Florida has worked with its public and private partners to expedite recovery efforts. Completed…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments - November 14, 2022

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three judicial appointments: one to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court, and one to the DeSoto County Court. Dustin Anderson, of New Port…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole-Nov 13,2022

Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reopening of all sections of State Road (S.R.) A1A with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) expediting…

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CFO Patronis Celebrates Heroes this Veterans Day

Floridians, This week, I would like to take the time to thank the men and women who continuously fight to protect our country and our freedom. These individuals are heroes, and while we celebrate them on Veterans Day, it is important to not keep…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis is traveling the state to survey damage in areas across the east coast of Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Nicole. At the direction of the Governor, FDOT has completed emergency road…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Joins Local Officials to Assess Damage from Hurricane Nicole, Announces $20 Million for Emergency Beach Repair

Flagler Beach, FL – On Nov 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis joined local officials in Flagler and Volusia counties to assess damage from Hurricane Nicole due to coastal flooding and beach erosion. Following the tour of impacted areas, Governor…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole - November 12, 2022

Tallahassee, FL — This week, Governor Ron DeSantis gave briefings at the State Emergency Operations Center and traveled the state to survey damage in areas across the east coast of Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Nicole. Last night,…

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S.R. A1A Reopens on Nov 12th, on the Entire East Coast of Florida Following Damage from Hurricane Nicole

Roadway Opening in Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia Counties Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reopening of all sections of State Road (S.R.) A1A with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) expediting…

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Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis was at the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor and issue updates on Tropical Storm Nicole. Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane near Vero Beach early Thursday and has…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Launches Website to Apply for State Government Opportunities in Administration’s Second Term

Governor also announced Keeping Florida Free Transition Team Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his 2022–2023 transition chairs, as well as the launch of JoinTeamDeSantis.com where those interested in public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Commitment to Serving State’s 1.5 Million Veterans

Governor also awards $1.5 million for veterans recovering from substance abuse Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted Florida’s commitment to serving the state’s 1.5 million veterans through state…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-255 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management - Tropical Storm Nicole)

STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 22-255 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management-Tropical Storm Nicole) WHEREAS, on November 7, 2022, I issued Executive Order 22-253 and declared a state of emergency…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Gives Updates on Preparation Efforts Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole

Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis gave an update on state preparation efforts ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole and urged Floridians to listen to local emergency management officials for updates related to their counties. There…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-256 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management - Hurricane Nicole)

STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 22-256 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management-Hurricane Nicole) WHEREAS, on November 7, 2022, I issued Executive Order 22-253 and declared a state of emergency…

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Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce

Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s focus on training workers with the technical skills and credentials is paying off as the Sunshine State has been named…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Prepare Ahead of Identified System 98L

TALLAHASSEE, FL— Governor Ron DeSantis encourages Floridians to be prepared in the event of a storm as the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is monitoring the path of Invest 98L and potential impacts on Florida as Invest 98L…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Cautions Residents to Monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole

Governor Ron DeSantis Issues State of Emergency for 34 Counties to Prepare for Potential Impacts from the Storm Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order (EO) 22-253, declaring a State of Emergency for 34…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Declares First Annual Victims of Communism Day

To watch the video, click here. Tallahassee, FL — On Nov 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring November 7 as the first annual Victims of Communism Day in Florida. Florida is home to millions of individuals who came here…

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Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce

Tallahassee, FL — Florida’s focus on training workers with the technical skills and credentials is paying off as the Sunshine State has been named number one in the U.S. for attracting and developing a skilled workforce. Governor Ron…

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ICYMI: Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida Partner with Seminole Tribe of Florida to Launch Inaugural Native American Heritage Month Contests

Contest winners will receive prizes sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida Tallahassee, FL— Nov 4th, the Florida Department of Education and Volunteer Florida announced the official launch of the Native American Heritage Month student…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Declares First Annual Victims of Communism Day

Governor Ron DeSantis Declares First Annual Victims of Communism Day TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring November 7 as the first annual Victims of Communism Day in Florida. Florida is home to…

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Florida’s Public Universities Have the Lowest Cost of Earning a Degree in the Nation

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Over the past four years, Governor DeSantis has held the line on tuition while ensuring Florida’s higher education system is the best in the nation. Recently, the College Board's "Annual Trends in College Pricing"…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Cautions Residents to Monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole

Governor Ron DeSantis Cautions Residents to Monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order (EO) 22-253, declaring a State of Emergency for 34 counties in the potential path of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Prepare Ahead of Identified System 98L

Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Prepare Ahead of Identified System 98L TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis encourages Floridians to be prepared in the event of a storm as the Florida Division of Emergency Management…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 31, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- More than a month has passed since Hurricane Ian made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in southwest Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis are committed to helping impacted Floridians recover and rebuild.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $1.3 Million to the City of Marathon through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Marathon, FL — On Oct 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $1.3 million to the City of Marathon through the Job Growth Grant Fund to make infrastructure improvements at the intersection of Highway US-1 (Overseas Highway) and Banana Boulevard.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 28, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Oct 28th, marks exactly one month since Hurricane Ian’s devastating landfall. In just 30 days, the State of Florida has undertaken the largest recovery mission in recent history to respond to this Category 4 storm,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 29, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — More than one month has passed since Hurricane Ian’s devastating landfall, and the State of Florida began delivering support to Floridians, their families, and businesses. Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Arthur “Chip” Diehl III and the reappointment of Gregory Celestan and Brian Lametto to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 27, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This week, Governor Ron DeSantis has continued to travel to areas impacted by Hurricane Ian and make major announcements related to the recovery process following the storm. The Governor announced funding for workforce…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to Florida Is For Veterans, Inc. Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jeffrey Cathey, Mark Harden, and Warren “Rocky” McPherson to Florida Is For Veterans, Inc. Board of Directors. Jeffrey Cathey Cathey…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Aaron Miri to the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Aaron Miri to the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees. Aaron Miri Miri is the Senior Vice President and Chief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 26, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis was in Fort Myers Beach to announce efforts to identify and remove vessels and other debris from waterways and to expedite the removal of debris on private and commercial properties.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $5 Million for Infrastructure in Rural Northwest Florida Communities

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Oct 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $4.9 million in infrastructure investments to eight rural Northwest Florida communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) program. Awards include upgrading water and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $9 Million to Three State Colleges Serving Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Avon Park, FL — On Oct 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $9 million to support workforce education programs in high-demand fields across the state, with a focus on serving professions and Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. Institutions…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 25, 2022

Tallahassee, Fla. — On Oct 25th, Governor Ron awarded $9 million in funding for workforce education programs in high-demand fields across the state, with a focus on serving professions and Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. Funding was…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Assistance for Debris Removal and Temporary Housing for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — On Oct 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced efforts to identify and remove vessels and other debris from waterways and to expedite the removal of debris on private and commercial properties, including the use of…

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2022 NAEP Results Show Benefits of Keeping Kids in School and Florida’s Unwavering Commitment to Closing Achievement Gaps: Florida’s Highest NAEP Rankings in State History Include 4th Grade Students Scoring Top 4 in Both Reading and Math

Resilient Florida ranks 3rd in the nation in Grade 4 Reading and 4th in Grade 4 Mathematics TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the results of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 24, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted the achievements of Florida’s students thanks to Florida’s efforts to keep kids in schools. At the peak of Hurricane Ian, 59 school districts were closed, and in…

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Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce $4 Million Distributed Through the Florida Disaster Fund to Support Teachers and Help Floridians Rebuild

FORT MYERS, Fla. — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced awards totaling $4 million to support residents of Southwest Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian, as well as a new partnership with The Home Depot to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Florida Commission on Human Relations

Talllahassee, FL — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Brian Battaglia and Matthew Klein and the reappointment of Dawn Hanson, Larry Hart, Darrick McGhee, and Jay Pichard to the Florida Commission on Human…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Hernando County Housing Authority

Talllahassee, FL — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Carroll and Clifford Manuel to the Hernando County Housing Authority. John Carroll Carroll is a Correctional Officer for the Florida Department of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Support for Ian-Impacted Homeowners Insurance Deductibles

Funding will Close the Financial Gap to Recovery for Families, Seniors FORT MYERS, Fla. — On Oct 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) is awarding $5 million to local housing…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Edgar Rosa to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Edgar Rosa to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Edgar Rosa Rosa is a Correctional Sergeant with the Orange County Corrections…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees. Kelly Garcia Garcia, of Tampa, serves on the Board of Directors of Frameworks of Tampa Bay and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Waives Eligibility Requirement of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Allowing Sole Proprietors in the Marine Fisheries Industry to Receive Critical Assistance

Waiving this eligibility requirement allows sole proprietors in the Marine Fisheries Industry located in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties to apply Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis waived an…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent, Second Lowest Rate in State Recorded History

Florida Had the Second Fastest GDP Growth Among All States, While the National GDP Declined for Two Consecutive Quarters. Talllahassee, Fla. — On Oct 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.5…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order to Extend Property Tax Deadline for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL -- On Oct 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order (EO) 22-242 to suspend deadlines for payment of property taxes in counties that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. The EO extends to real property including personal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Hernando County Housing Authority

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Hernando County Housing Authority TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Carroll and Clifford Manuel to the Hernando County Housing Authority. John…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Edgar Rosa to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Edgar Rosa to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Edgar Rosa to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Emergency Repairs to Sanibel Causeway Completed More than a Week Ahead of Schedule

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that emergency repairs to the Sanibel Causeway have been completed in 15 days, more than a week ahead of schedule. As of this morning, access to Sanibel Island has been restored…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery - October 19, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Sanibel Island to announce that repairs to the Sanibel Causeway have been completed more than a week ahead of schedule. As of this morning, access to Sanibel Island has been…

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Lynyrd Skynyrd and Seminole Tribe Donate $200,000 to Florida Disaster Fund at Hard Rock Live Show

Hollywood, FL — Over the weekend, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a $100,000 donation to the Florida Disaster Fund during their “Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’” tour stop at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in South…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Is First in Nation to Reframe and Rethink the Way Mental Health Is Taught in Schools

The State Board of Education unanimously approved the First Lady’s trailblazing resiliency education initiative ORLANDO, Fla. — On Oct 20th, First Lady Casey DeSantis proposed, and the State Board of Education unanimously approved, a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Kelly Garcia to the Florida Virtual School Board of Trustees.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Florida Commission on Human Relations

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Florida Commission on Human Relations TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Brian Battaglia and Matthew Klein and the reappointment of Dawn Hanson, Larry…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Visits Sanibel Island to Hand Deliver First Responder Recognition Payments to Sanibel, Captiva, and Upper Captiva Fire and Rescue

First Responders Receive $1,000 Payments Through the Florida Essential First Responder Recognition Payment Program SANIBEL ISLAND, FL – On Oct 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Sanibel Island to hand deliver $1,000 recognition payments to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Sanibel Island to hand deliver $1,000 recognition payments to first responders in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian. These recognition payment checks were mailed prior to Hurricane…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent, Second Lowest Rate in State Recorded History

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent, Second Lowest Rate in State Recorded History TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Mental Resiliency Tools in Response to Hurricane Ian: Family Support Line and Partnership with BetterHelp

The Family Support Line is available for those impacted by Hurricane Ian to hear from Floridians who have recovered from Hurricane Michael TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Oct 18th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced two additional mental…

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Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce $4 Million Distributed Through the Florida Disaster Fund to Support Teachers and Help Floridians Rebuild

Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announce $4 Million Distributed Through the Florida Disaster Fund to Support Teachers and Help Floridians Rebuild FORT MYERS, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $200 Million in School Recognition Awards to Schools that Demonstrated Student Growth and Teaching Excellence

Awards include more than $13 million to Southwest Florida NORTH PORT, Fla. – On Oct 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Toledo Blade Elementary on its first day back in session to announce more than $200 million in awards through the School…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Spotlights Private Entity Support of the Florida Disaster Fund

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Oct 17th, First Lady Casey DeSantis visited Adamec Harley-Davidson in Jacksonville to spotlight private entity support of the Florida Disaster Fund, which has raised over $45 million to help with recovery in communities…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Is First in Nation to Reframe and Rethink the Way Mental Health Is Taught in Schools

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Is First in Nation to Reframe and Rethink the Way Mental Health Is Taught in Schools ORLANDO, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis proposed, and the State Board of Education unanimously…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Waives Eligibility Requirement of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Allowing Sole Proprietors in the Marine Fisheries Industry to Receive Critical Assistance

Governor Ron DeSantis Waives Eligibility Requirement of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Allowing Sole Proprietors in the Marine Fisheries Industry to Receive Critical Assistance TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order to Extend Property Tax Deadline for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order to Extend Property Tax Deadline for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ian TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order (EO) 22-242 to suspend deadlines for payment of…

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Governor DeSantis Requests Federal Fisheries Disaster Declaration to Support Fishing Industry Impacted by Hurricane Ian

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — On Oct 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by fishing captains from southwest Florida to show his support for the industry as they continue their road to recovery. Hurricane Ian had significant impacts on the commercial…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Bonuses to Six Cape Coral Police Department Recruits Who Served Community During Hurricane Ian

Newly Employed Officers Receive $5,000 Bonuses through the Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program CAPE CORAL, FL — On Oct 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis met with officers from the Cape Coral Police Department in Lee County to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Desiree Mills to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Desiree Mills to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners. Desiree Mills Mills is a fourth-generation Levy County resident and Co-Owner of a farm in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Fourteen to the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Sead Bekric, Sophia Eccleston, Paul Edwards, Paul Martinez, Roxann Mayros, Ciawanda McDonald, Arthur Moody, Misty Porter, and Denise Valkema and the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jonathan Satter and the reappointment of Katherine San Pedro to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. Jonathan Satter Satter, of North Palm Beach, is…

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Lynyrd Skynyrd and Seminole Tribe Donate $200,000 to Florida Disaster Fund at Hard Rock Live Show

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Seminole Tribe Donate $200,000 to Florida Disaster Fund at Hard Rock Live Show HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Over the weekend, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a $100,000 donation to the Florida Disaster Fund during their “Big Wheels…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jason Whistler as Levy County Property Appraiser

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Oct 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jason Whistler as Levy County Property Appraiser. Jason Whistler Whistler, of Chiefland, is the Field Appraiser for the Levy County Property…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Highlights Success of Florida Disaster Fund

OPA-LOCKA, FL — On Oct 14th, First Lady Casey DeSantis visited Amazon’s Mega Warehouse in Opa-locka, Florida, to highlight the success of the Florida Disaster Fund, which has raised over $45 million to date to help with recovery in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates Lee County Schools’ Resiliency

School District of Lee County is opening at least 47 schools less than three weeks after Hurricane Ian CAPE CORAL, FL — On Oct 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. joined the School District of Lee County…

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Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Host Roundtable with Southwest Florida Businesses to Discuss Next Steps for Hurricane Ian Recovery

Cape Coral, Fla. — On Oct 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) hosted a roundtable with more than a dozen Southwest Florida businesses. The roundtable discussion included representatives across…

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What They Are Saying: Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Host Roundtable with Southwest Florida Businesses to Discuss Next Steps for Recovery Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) hosted a roundtable with members of the Southwest Florida business community to discuss Hurricane Ian recovery. Business owners are…

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Governor DeSantis Issues Emergency Executive Order to Ensure Ballot Access for Voters in Counties Severely Impacted by Hurricane Ian

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Two weeks ago, Hurricane Ian made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm on Florida’s southwestern coast, destroying many homes and businesses and dislocating tens of thousands of Floridians. At the request of the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Awards for First Responders Through the Florida Disaster Fund

PUNTA GORDA, FL — On Oct 13th, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis awarded $2 million through the Florida Disaster Fund to four first responder organizations which have had members impacted by Hurricane Ian. These organizations…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Update on Power Restoration Efforts on Sanibel Island

FORT MYERS, FL — On Oct 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway will allow a one-time convoy of power restoration equipment, supplies, and crews to access Sanibel Island and continue restoration…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $2.5 million Through the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to Help Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Port Charlotte, FL — On Oct 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded an initial $2.5 million to businesses through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. This program was activated by Governor DeSantis following Hurricane Ian, to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $126 Million to Northwest Florida on Four-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Michael and Affirms Florida’s Long-Term Commitment to Hurricane Ian Recovery

Port Charlotte, FL — On Oct 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis recognized the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael by announcing over $126 million in new awards for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael through the Department of Economic…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Toy Drive for Children Impacted by Ian

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL — On Oct 10th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced a toy drive for children impacted by Hurricane Ian. The state is partnering with faith-based institutions and non-profits in impacted counties to collect and deliver toys to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces FEMA Approval to Include Brevard, Orange, and Osceola Counties in Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance

Port Charlotte, FL — On Oct 10th, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Florida’s request to amend the Major Disaster Declaration issued on September 29, to assist with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. The amendment…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Cerniglia, Michael “Brad” Coolidge, Danielle Larson, and Robert Melgaard and the reappointment of Rockie Jenkins, Troy Maschmeyer, William…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Charles Faircloth Jr. to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charles Faircloth Jr. to the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. Charles Faircloth Jr. Faircloth, of Tallahassee, is the General Counsel for the…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Surges Hope Florida Navigators to Help Floridians Impacted by Hurricane lan

Sarasota, FL — On Oct 7th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the expansion of Hope Florida - A Pathway to Prosperity for families and individuals impacted by Hurricane lan. This expansion, spearheaded by First Lady DeSantis and implemented…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Disaster Recovery Center Location in Collier County

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that a new Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Collier County to help Floridians who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. This center brings the total number of Disaster Recovery…

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State of Florida Announces Transitional Sheltering Program for Residents Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 8th, Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Kevin Guthrie announced that the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program has been activated by the State of Florida, in partnership with the…

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First Blue Roof Installation Complete, Getting Floridians Back into Their Homes While Repairs Are Made

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 8th, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installed the first Blue Roof in Fort Myers. Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary blue tarp-like covering to help reduce further damage to property and provide residents…

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Blue Roof Program Available for Floridians in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Collier, and DeSoto

Tallahassee, FL-- Following Hurricane Ian, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has activated Operation Blue Roof to provide temporary blue tarp-like covering to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. This service is…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Urges Debris Removal Companies to Hire Locally, Highlights Economic Recovery Resources Available for Floridians

Tallahassee, FL — Recognizing the monumental effort that debris removal will be in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is urging all companies who support debris removal, including those involved in debris hauling, monitoring and solid-waste…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Partnership with Tervis to Raise Money for The Florida Disaster Fund

VENICE, Fla. — On Oct 7th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced an exciting partnership with Tervis, the drinkware company known for its famous Tervis tumblers, to launch a new tumbler created to help Floridians recovering from Hurricane Ian by…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Florida Licensing on Wheels Location to Help Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL – On Oct 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that a fourth Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) location, operated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will open in Sarasota County on October 7th. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Significant Efforts to Restore Power in Lee County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted the significant efforts to restore power to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. To date, nearly 2.5 million accounts have been restored across the state, which represents 92%…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Opening of Two Additional Disaster Recovery Centers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Oct 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that two additional Disaster Recovery Centers would be opening in Sarasota and Lee counties to help Floridians who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian. These centers are operated…

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ICYMI From the Department of Education: Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. Provides Needed Flexibility for School Districts Affected by Hurricane Ian

Florida Department of Education affords flexibility during student reporting eligibility period Tallahassee, FL – On Oct 5th, at the request of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Education is providing flexibility to school…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Highlight Private Sector Partners Supporting Recovery Efforts

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) have coordinated with private sector partners to reopen stores and ensure Floridians have the supplies they need to begin Hurricane Ian recovery…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Emergency Road and Bridge Repairs to Pine Island Completed Ahead of Schedule

Access Restored to Pine Island in less than three days TALLAHASSEE, FL. – On Oct 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis along with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary, Jared W. Perdue, announced the early completion of…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Wishes Veteran a Happy 101st Birthday Following Hurricane Ian

Port Charlotte, FL — First Lady Casey DeSantis visited the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port Charlotte and met with residents who weathered out the storm at the nursing home. One of the residents, Anna Wojtalik,…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Nearly $35 Million in Donations for the Florida Disaster Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 4th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that within the first 5 days of activation, the Florida Disaster Fund has raised nearly $35 million in donations to support communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. To contribute,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Gives Updates on Recovery Efforts in Lee and Charlotte Counties

FORT MYERS, Fla. — On Oct 4th, Governor DeSantis visited the City of Port Charlotte in Charlotte County and the City of Fort Myers in Lee County to give updates on recovery efforts in the area and across the state. While there, Governor…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Resources Available for Dunbar Community in Fort Myers

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update in Fort Myers about resources continually being deployed across Southwest Florida to assist with the response and recovery to Hurricane Ian. As a part of Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Activates the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, Making $50 Million Available – At Least $10 Million of Which Must Go to Assist Agricultural Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties are eligible to apply TALLAHASSEE, FL…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Opening of First Disaster Recovery Center in Fort Myers for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

Disaster Recovery Center at Lakes Regional Library in Fort Myers will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily FORT MYERS, FL — On Oct 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the opening of the first Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for Floridians…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Directs FDOT to Immediately Undertake Repairs to Sanibel Causeway

Causeway Anticipated To Be Accessible By End of October TALLAHASSEE, FL — Governor Ron DeSantis directed FDOT to prioritize repairs to the Sanibel Causeway. These repairs are needed for first responders and Sanibel residents to access the…

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Updates on Recovery Efforts in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis visited North Port and Arcadia to give updates on the response effort, survey impacted areas, distribute hot meals, and meet with survivors in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. To watch the…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Delivers Meals and Meets with Survivors at Murdock Baptist Church

Port Charlotte, FL — On Oct 3rd, First Lady Casey DeSantis traveled to Murdock Baptist Church in Port Charlotte to deliver hot meals and meet with people impacted by Hurricane Ian. First Lady DeSantis was joined by Southern Baptist State…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Distributes Meals to First Responders in Fort Myers and Announces First Responder Mental Health Resources

Fort Myers, FL — On Oct 3rd, First Lady Casey DeSantis visited the First Responder Base Camp in Lee County to help distribute meals and meet with first responders aiding in Hurricane Ian recovery and response. Agencies from across the state…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Over $20 Million Raised within 48 Hours of Activating the Florida Disaster Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 1st, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that within 48 hours of activation the Florida Disaster Fund raised over $20 million in donations to support communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. To contribute, please visit…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Hope Florida – A Pathway to Purpose Volunteers Mobilizing to Help Seniors in Need Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 1st, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the deployment of Hope Heroes, the volunteer team she assembled as part of her Hope Florida – A Pathway to Purpose initiative in partnership with the Florida Department of…

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Governor DeSantis Calls on Lee County Electric Cooperative to Accept Additional Mutual Aid to Expedite Power Restoration

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 1st, after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center on current efforts to restore power in Southwest Florida, Governor DeSantis called on the Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) to accept…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Directs FDOT to Expedite Emergency Repairs Needed to Restore Access to Pine Island

Access to Pine Island will be Restored by Saturday, October 8, 2022 Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis directed FDOT to assist Lee County to expedite emergency repairs to the road and bridges that provide motorists access to…

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Updates on Recovery Efforts in Hardee County Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the town of Wauchula in Hardee County, Florida, to give updates on the response effort and to survey impacted areas in Hardee County. To watch the Governor’s full remarks, click…

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ICYMI: Florida Receives Approval for National Flood Insurance Program Waiver

Allows Policyholders in NFIP to Access Funding, Bypassing Claims Process COLLIER COUNTY, FL -- On Oct 2nd, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the…

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Florida Response to Hurricane Ian Continues

Tallahassee, Fla. — On Sep 30th, morning, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie and Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces First $1 Million Distributed through Florida Disaster Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 30th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the first round of Florida Disaster Fund grants totaling $1 million have been awarded to organizations engaged in the Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. To contribute, please…

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Search and Rescue Efforts Underway Following Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 29th, afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Earlier on Sep 29th, Governor DeSantis,…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Donations Are Pouring in to the Florida Disaster Fund to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Ian

The Florida Disaster Fund Has Received More Than $10 million in Donations TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 29th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that within hours of activating, the Florida Disaster Fund has received over $10 million in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Preparedness for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 28th, evening, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Hurricane Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Full remarks are available here. Ian…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis requested President Biden grant a Major Disaster Declaration for all 67 counties, for all categories, and all types of assistance, due to the ongoing devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. If…

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First Lady DeSantis Announces Activation of Florida Disaster Fund in Preparation for Hurricane Ian

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 28th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida’s communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida's official…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian

Governor Ron DeSantis Requests President Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration and 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for 60 Days for Hurricane Ian TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis requested President Biden grant a Major…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on State Response to Tropical Storm Ian, State Emergency Operations Center Activated to Level One

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued updates on Tropical Storm Ian at the State Emergency Operations Center with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. Full remarks from this morning's press…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $1.9 Million to Expand Entrepreneurship Education and Training

Florida’s education system is now the number one in the world for entrepreneurship education and training Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $1.9 million to support entrepreneurship education and training…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Declares State of Emergency for 24 Counties, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Impacts from Tropical Depression 9

Governor DeSantis has also requested a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Sep 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-218, declaring a State of Emergency for 24 counties in the potential path…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Two Appointments to Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the appointment of Jonathan Bronitsky and Michelle Montanaro to the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is charged with investigating…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Counteracts Malign Influence by China and Other Hostile Nations in Florida through New Action

Miami — On Sep 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced executive action and legislative proposals to address threats posed by the Communist Party of China and other hostile foreign powers in cyberspace, real estate, and academia. These measures…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Four Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. First Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Shelley…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Florida Cancer Connect Spanish Translations

Updates include a Spanish translation of all web pages, release of new survivor videos in Spanish and English and Spanish subtitles to all current survivor videos Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 21st, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced updates…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Timothy Bobanic as Brevard County Supervisor of Elections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Timothy Bobanic as Brevard County Supervisor of Elections. The appointment is effective October 1, 2022. Timothy Bobanic Bobanic, of Melbourne, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2023 Legislative Proposal to Provide Family Focused Tax Relief

Bradenton, FL. — On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a portion of his tax relief proposal for the upcoming legislative session which would provide $1.1 billion in tax relief for Florida families through multiple tax holidays, if…

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Memorandum: Executive Order 22-215 (Executive Order of Suspension)

On Sep 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-215 (Executive Order of Suspension), suspending Jose Angel Martinez from his position as County Commissioner for Miami-Dade County, District 11. On August 30, 2022, an Information was…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Celebrates Constitution Day

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis marked the 235th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s Constitution, which will be commemorated tomorrow, September 17th. To download a video of his remarks courtesy…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Barbers’ Board

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jorge Rivera and the reappointment of Edwin Stewart to the Barbers’ Board. Jorge Rivera Rivera, of Orlando, is the Owner and a Barber at Classic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Boating Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Hunter Bland, Christopher Castelli, and Robert Hilliard to the Boating Advisory Council. Hunter Bland Bland, of Williston, is a National Boating Safety…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Board of Cosmetology

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Trena Giddens and the reappointment of Marisol Marin to the Board of Cosmetology. Trena Giddens Giddens, of Quincy, is the Owner and a Stylist at…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Leads the Nation with the Lowest Unemployment Rate among the Nation’s Ten Largest States and the Most New Business Formations in the Country

Florida’s Labor Force and Private Sector Employment Maintains Steady Growth While National Unemployment Rate Increases Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s unemployment rate remained strong…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $30 Million through Groundbreaking Initiative to Support Workforce Development in Florida’s Space Coast

Florida Makes Strides towards Becoming First in the Nation for Workforce Education Daytona Beach, FL — On Sep 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that nearly $30 million will be dedicated to support workforce development in the Space…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Expansion of CDL Training Opportunities and Apprenticeship Programs in Florida

Niceville, FL – On Sep 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced major expansion of Florida’s Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training as well as the creation of new opportunities for apprenticeships in Florida. Governor DeSantis awarded…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Highlights Success of Continue the Mission Initiative to Recruit Veterans to Care for Florida’s Most Vulnerable Children

Continue the Mission recruits veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to serve as CPIs, APIs, DCF case managers and mentors Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 13th, First Lady Casey DeSantis highlighted the success of her…

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Florida Public Universities Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that U.S. News and World Report released their 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, with Florida Public Universities earning top spots across multiple categories. The Best Colleges…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Recognition Payments for Florida’s First Responders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Sep 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis met with first responders from The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department to deliver $1,000 bonuses that reward our first responders and recognize them for their dedicated public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Commemorates 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Irma, Encourages Floridians to Prepare for Historical Peak of Hurricane Season

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 9th, on the eve of the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma, Governor Ron DeSantis celebrates the resiliency of impacted communities across the state and encourages all Floridians to remain prepared as Florida enters…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Number One Ranking for Education Freedom

Orlando, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at the unveiling of The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Education Freedom Report Card where he highlighted Florida’s number one ranking. The report lauds Florida’s dedication…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jaymie Carter, Tracy Knight, Ryan Moore and Rodney Thomson to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees. Jaymie Carter …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pensacola State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gabriel Bullaro, Julie Sheppard, and Gordon Sprague and the reappointment of Kevin Lacz to the Pensacola State College District Board of Trustees. Gabriel…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Good, Amy Lockhart and Shawn Molsberger to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees. John Good Good is Vice President of Good Capital…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Kelly Kwiatek and the reappointment of Garry Lubi and Randall Howard to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees. Kelly Kwiatek Kwiatek is…

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MEMORANDUM: Executive Order 22-213 (Activating Florida National Guard to Assist the Department of Corrections)

On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-213 activating the Florida National Guard to assist the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) in an effort to reduce overtime and provide relief for correctional officers on a temporary…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Hosts a Women of Faith Lunch Reception to Discuss Hope Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On Sep 9th, First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed female faith leaders from across Florida into the Governor’s Mansion to discuss her Hope Florida initiative and identify additional ways to partner with Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Sep 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Robert “Bruce” Deardoff and Dr. Edgar Figueroa to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Robert “Bruce”…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On Sep 8th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. She was with her closest friends and family at her Balmoral estate in Scotland. Her 70-year reign was the longest of any monarch of the United Kingdom and encompassed over a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2023 Legislative Proposal for Toll Relief at All Florida Toll Facilities

Proposal will save the average commuter $550 over one year MIAMI — On Sep 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his legislative proposal to provide discounts on tolls for frequent commuters using any toll roads across the state. Under…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes 36 Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2, 2022, HB 7027 became law and “the terms of all members of the judicial nominating commissions of the First District Court of Appeal, the Second District Court of Appeal, and the Fifth District Court of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Omar 'Sean' Martin to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss and Projection Methodology

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Omar “Sean” Martin to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss and Projection Methodology. Omar “Sean” Martin Martin, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Meghan Collins to the Council for Early Grade Success

Tallahassee, FL — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Meghan Collins to the Council for Early Grade Success. Meghan Collins Collins, of Tallahassee, is a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL. — On Sep 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Audrey Butler and the reappointment of Dr. Carl “Rick” Lentz III to the Halifax Health Board of Commissioners. Audrey Butler, PhD Butler is…

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On Medicare, Florida’s Rick Scott Picks A Fight He Cannot Win — MSNBC

Here’s what you need to know: Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott is trying to steal from the poor and give to the rich. His new plan taxes working families, while the wealthy and corporations continue to enjoy big tax breaks... Not only that,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Lawsuit Against Biden Administration’s Reckless Delay of Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program

Lakeland, FL — On Aug 31st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to their unreasonable delay of more than 630 days in approving Florida’s proposal for its Canadian…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $2.7 Million to City of Fort Pierce for Infrastructure Improvements Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Fort Pierce, FL -- On Aug 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $2.7 million to the City of Fort Pierce through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The City of Fort Pierce will facilitate infrastructure improvements and the redevelopment of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $1.9 Million to Suwannee County for Infrastructure Expansion Through the Job Growth Grant Fund

Live Oak, FL — On Aug 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $1.9 million to Suwannee County through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The project will support business growth of the Suwannee County Catalyst Site, a 500-acre industrial…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Expands Hope Florida to Support Seniors Through ‘A Pathway to Purpose’

The Villages, FL. — On Aug 30th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the expansion of her Hope Florida initiative to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. This expansion, called Hope Florida – A Pathway to Purpose, will provide…

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Video Releases: Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis Celebrate Special Olympians

Tallahassee, FL — Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis welcomed Special Olympians to the Governor’s Mansion for an event which included medal winners from the Special Olympics 2022 USA Games and athletes and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $68 Million for Electric Transit Buses

Electric buses modernize public transit, reduce emissions, and improve air quality Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis celebrated another step in the state’s efforts to modernize public transit and reduce air…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints David Corbin to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Corbin to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. David Corbin Corbin, of Chipley, is the Owner of Chipley Gun and Pawn, Inc. He is a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Five to the Lake-Sumter State College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Bret Jones, Timothy Morris, and Marlene O’Toole and the reappointment of David Hidalgo and Ivy Parks to the Lake-Sumter State College District Board of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Cauley, Travis “Dell” Corbin, James Dean, Joel Paul, Daniel Ryals III, and Karla Worley to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees. …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Russell Branson, Fredrick Roberts Jr., Charlie Stone, and Dr. Michael Torres to the College of Central Florida District Board of Trustees. Russell Branson…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the College of the Florida Keys District Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Daniel Leben, Kevin Madok, Michelle Maxwell, Michael Puto, Stephanie Scuderi, Sheldon Suga, and Richard Weinstein to the College of the Florida Keys District…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends Four Broward School Board Members from Office

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Broward School Board Members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson from office following the recommendations of the Twentieth Statewide Grand Jury to…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Special Agent Jose Perez

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Special Agent Jose Perez passed away 17 days after sustaining injuries from a vehicle crash while responding to a building alarm. Special Agent Perez joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after retiring as a…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of the Anniversary of the Death of American Servicemembers During the Evacuation from Afghanistan

One year ago, a detachment of brave American servicemembers was guarding the gates of the Hamid Karzai International Airport while hundreds of Americans and allies evacuated from Kabul as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. These soldiers…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Commission on Ethics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Edwin Moore and the reappointment of Glenton Gilzean to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Edwin Moore, PhD Moore is the former President and Chief…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Niva Falk to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Niva Falk to the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Niva Falk Falk, of Parkland, owns and operates her own practice as a Speech-Language…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces SunPass Savings

New Program Will Provide Toll Discounts for Commuters Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of “SunPass Savings,” a new toll discount program for customers who use Florida’s Turnpike…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2022-2023 Student and Educator Contests

For the first year, student essay and art contests will now include Native American Heritage Month in addition to the recurring Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 25th, First Lady Casey DeSantis…

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Cabinet Invest More than $56 Million to Acquire Nearly 20,000 Acres for Conservation

Tallahassee, FL. — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet invested more than $56 million to acquire seven properties across the state that will be designated for conservation. The seven parcels total nearly 20,000 acres,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Eliminates ESG Considerations from State Pension Investments

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis along with fellow Trustees of the State Board of Administration (SBA) passed a resolution directing the state of Florida’s fund managers to invest state funds in a manner that…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Mark Glass as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the approval of Mark Glass as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Glass has been serving as the Acting Commissioner since May 1, 2022. “As…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Detective Cesar 'Echy' Echaverry

On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry passed from critical injuries sustained in the line of duty on August 15, 2022. He served the community as a law enforcement officer for the last five years in Miami-Dade…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $3.8 Million for Hazard Mitigation Projects in Northwest Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $3.8 million to Bay County, Chipola College, the City of Cottondale, and the Town of Havana for hazard mitigation projects. These projects will construct, rehabilitate, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amanda Eldridge and Martha Robertson and the reappointment of Jennie Goodman to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation. Amanda Eldridge Eldridge, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Ten to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Annmarie Chavarria, Kristina Cloversettle, Julianne Colle, Mary Ann Enns, Michele Heston, Robert Keiser, Louisana Louis, Robin McGuinness, Jacqueline Munro, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pinellas County Housing Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chloe Firebaugh, Veronica Hickey, Wayne Mineo, and Alen Tomczak to the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Chloe Firebaugh Firebaugh, of St. Petersburg,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Raburn and Stacie Ward to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Melissa Raburn Raburn, of Lithia, is a Real Estate Agent for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Burke, Holly Dennis, Gerald “Steve” Jernigan, and Timothy Nolen to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Gregory Burke …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million for Community Development Projects in 10 Florida Communities

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $22 million for community development projects in 10 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant - CV (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program,…

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Governor DeSantis Announces the Arrest of 20 Elections Criminals

In Florida, if you commit an Elections Crime, you will do the time Fort Lauderdale, FL -- On Aug 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that following investigations by the Florida Office of Election Crimes and Security and the Florida…

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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Historic 2.7 Percent as State’s Job Creation Skyrockets

Florida Reaches Record Levels of Unemployment and Job Creation as Florida’s Labor Force Grows and Floridians Connect with Job Opportunities TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Burke, Holly Dennis, Gerald “Steve” Jernigan, and Timothy Nolen to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Gregory Burke Burke is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $22 Million for Community Development Projects in 10 Florida Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $22 million for community development projects in 10 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) program. The CDBG-CV program,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Pinellas County Housing Authority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Chloe Firebaugh, Veronica Hickey, Wayne Mineo, and Alen Tomczak to the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Chloe Firebaugh Firebaugh, of St. Petersburg, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Melissa Raburn and Stacie Ward to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Melissa Raburn Raburn, of Lithia, is a Real Estate Agent for Fischbach…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Ten to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Annmarie Chavarria, Kristina Cloversettle, Julianne Colle, Mary Ann Enns, Michele Heston, Robert Keiser, Louisana Louis, Robin McGuinness, Jacqueline Munro, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Teacher Recruitment Initiatives and Education Rule Changes that Allow Florida Veterans to Receive College Credit for Military Courses

Pensacola, FL. — On Aug 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support and grow Florida’s teaching workforce and leverage the talents of Florida’s retired veterans and…

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Senator Taddeo, Joined by 37 Democrat FL Legislators, Urge White House to Renew and Redesignate TPS For Nicaraguans

Miami, FL -- On Wednesday, August 17th, Senator Annette Taddeo, joined by 37 Democrat Florida Legislators, urged the Biden administration to renew and redesignate TPS for Nicaraguans. Since taking power, the Ortega-Murillo regime has destabilized…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Amanda Eldridge and Martha Robertson and the reappointment of Jennie Goodman to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation. Amanda Eldridge Eldridge, of Ponce de…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $3.8 Million for Hazard Mitigation Projects in Northwest Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $3.8 million to Bay County, Chipola College, the City of Cottondale, and the Town of Havana for hazard mitigation projects. These projects will construct, rehabilitate, and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Three New Initiatives to Elevate Teachers and Students’ Learning

New Port Richey, FL — On Aug 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced three proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support and grow Florida’s teaching workforce and leverage the talents of Florida’s retired veterans…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Apply for Temporary Teaching Certificates

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new webpage to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. On August 17th, the State Board of Education will consider a rule to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $276,000 to Foster Economic Development Through the Competitive Florida Partnership Program

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $276,000 through the Competitive Florida Partnership program to fund the creation of strategic plans for fostering economic development in Archer, Gretna, Keystone Heights, North…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Josie Tamayo as CEO of Volunteer Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Josefina “Josie” Tamayo has been appointed as CEO of Volunteer Florida. Tamayo most recently served as General Counsel at the Agency for Health Care…

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ICYMI From First Lady Casey DeSantis: Florida Helps, Then Gets Out of the Way

First Lady Casey DeSantis recently provided commentary on her innovative initiative “Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity” in the Wall Street Journal. Tallahassee, FL -- As Florida’s first lady, and a mom with three…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Nearly $1.6 Million to Tallahassee Community College Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded nearly $1.6 million to Tallahassee Community College (TCC) through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to enhance workforce education opportunities in the healthcare industry. This…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Mayor Susan Whelchel

On August 5, 2022, Former Mayor Susan Whelchel of Boca Raton passed away. Whelchel was a resident of Boca Raton for the last 44 years. She served as Mayor of Boca Raton from 2008 to 2014. Prior to serving as Mayor, Whelchel served three terms as…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Nine to the Florida Citrus Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Christopher Groom, Steve Johnson, Carlos Martinez, Martin McKenna, Paul Meador, William Poulton, John “Pat” Schirard, John Smoak, and Daniel Sutton…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Karen Nichols and Robert Tidwell to the State Apprenticeship Advisory Council. Karen Nichols Nichols, of Kissimmee, is the Training Director for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ralph Hadley, Owen McCaul and Dr. Thomas Zavelson and the reappointment of Christine Chapman to the Board of Trustees for the Florida School for the Deaf and the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jack “Tanner” Peacock and Dr. Jon Ward and the reappointment of Lori Kelley to the Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees. …

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Beware of "Pig Butchering" Cryptocurrency Scam

Floridians, This week, I issued a consumer alert warning all Floridians to beware of a recent cryptocurrency scam known as "pig butchering" or "pig slaughtering." These scammers are getting people to put large sums of money into a…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Kicks Off Florida Python Challenge Competition

MIAMI — On Aug 5th, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined hundreds of competitors to kick off the 2022 Florida Python Challenge. Over 800 participants and counting, from 32 states and Canada, are beginning their search to find and remove invasive…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Judge Renatha Francis to Serve on the Florida Supreme Court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court. Francis’ appointment fills the vacancy of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Al Lawson, who…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Three Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Aug 5th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three judicial appointments: one to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, one to the Hillsborough County Court, and one to the Hernando County Court. Cynthia Oster, of Tampa,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends State Attorney Andrew Warren for Refusing to Enforce Florida Law

Governor DeSantis appoints current Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez to serve as Acting State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit Tampa, FL— On Aug 4th, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Opioid Recovery Program in Florida

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – On Aug 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida health officials to announce the expansion of a new, piloted substance abuse and recovery network to disrupt the opioid epidemic. The network of addiction care –…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Launches Florida Cancer Connect

A Statewide Initiative to Provide Cancer Information and Survivor Stories Jacksonville, Fla. – On Aug 3rd, First Lady Casey DeSantis unveiled Florida Cancer Connect, an initiative that focuses on providing information on cancer treatment,…

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Memorandum: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of United States Representative Jackie Walorski

On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, United States Representative Jackie Walorski passed away at the age of 58. She represented Indiana’s Second Congressional District from 2013 until her recent passing. During her time as a United States…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Education Commission of the States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Angela Falconetti and Henry Mack to the Education Commission of the States. Angela Falconetti, EdD Falconetti, of Winter Haven, is the President of Polk State…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee "Gene" Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee "Gene" Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lee “Gene” Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County. Cherie Hill Hill, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors. Erin Knight Knight, of Coral Gables, is the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board. Adria Starkey Starkey, of Naples, is the Collier County President of FineMark…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment Eugene Lamb, Jr. to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees. Eugene Lamb, Jr. Lamb, of Midway, is a retired teacher who taught in Leon,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Lee 'Gene' Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Lee “Gene” Bailey to the Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners. Lee “Gene” Bailey Bailey, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cherie Hill to the School Board of Columbia County. Cherie Hill Hill, of Lake City, is an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Leo…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Lester and Gary Nicklaus and the reappointment of Steven Hudson to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Steven Hudson…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Jeffery Moore to the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jeffery Moore to the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. Jeffery Moore Moore, of Havana, is a former Tax Law…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Board of Governors TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Erin Knight to the Citizens Property Insurance…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Adria Starkey to the Florida Prepaid College Board. Adria Starkey…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gary Lester and Gary Nicklaus and the reappointment of Steven…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Initiatives to Protect Floridians from ESG Financial Fraud

Tampa, FL — On July 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislative proposals and administrative actions to protect Floridians from the environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) movement which threatens the vitality of the…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Leads Mission to United Kingdom for Farnborough International Airshow

Tallahassee, Fla. — On July 27th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez highlighted her aerospace and aviation mission to the United Kingdom for the Farnborough International Airshow, which took place from July 16—20. During the…

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$12 Million in Down Payment Assistance Awarded to Hometown Heroes Since June 1

Tallahassee, FL — On July 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that since the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program launched on June 1, Florida Housing Finance Corporation has provided more than $12 million in down payment assistance to…

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Senator Taddeo Hosts Free Citizenship Drive With The Florida Immigrant Coalition and New Americans Campaign To Assist Immigrants In Our Community

MIAMI -- On Saturday, July 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Senator Taddeo is partnering with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the New Americans Campaign for a FREE Citizenship Drive at the Kendall Branch Library, by appointment only. This…

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Governor DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Save on Back to School Items During Sales Tax Holiday

2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Extended to 14 Days TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida families prepare for another school year, Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging Floridians to save money on school supplies from July 25 - August 7.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Jeanette Rubio to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking

Tallahassee, FL — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Jeanette Rubio to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Alicia Beshears as Taylor County’s Superintendent of Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Alicia Beshears as Taylor County’s Superintendent of Schools. Alicia Beshears Beshears, of Perry, was previously the Grants Coordinator for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Six to the Board of Pilot Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert Benson, Sheldon Bernau, Bruce Cumings, Thomas “Jason” Hodge, and Brian Seuter and the reappointment of Michael Jaccoma to the Board of Pilot…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Denounces the Cuban Regime’s Attempts to Steal from Americans with Deceitful Foreign Investment Policies

Tallahassee, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida to issue an alert warning Floridians not to let the communist Cuban regime steal their money through a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Michael Greenwell to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Greenwell to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. Michael Greenwell Greenwell, of Alva, is the owner of 31 Produce and the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Defense Support Task Force

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Gregory Billman and Steven “Reeves” Valentine to the Florida Defense Support Task Force. Gregory Billman Billman, of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis is excited to announce two judicial appointments, one to the First Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Escambia County Court. Randall “Todd” Harris, of Cantonment, to…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Awards Hope Florida Funds to Five Northwest Florida Organizations Giving Hope to Florida Families

Freeport, FL — On July 21st, First Lady Casey DeSantis awarded five outstanding Northwest Florida organizations with $5,000 each through the Hope Florida Fund. She also awarded each organization with the First Lady’s Medal for Courage,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8 Percent, Despite National Economic Conditions

More Floridians Enter the Workforce as National Labor Force Shrinks Tallahassee, FL —On July 22nd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s June 2022 data indicates that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards Over $4.2 Million to Lee County Port Authority through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

Tallahassee, FL — On July 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded over $4.2 million to the Lee County Port Authority through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to rehabilitate Chamberlin Parkway at Southwest Florida International Airport. The…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes 50 Judicial Nominating Commission Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On July 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces the following appointments and reappointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Fred Karlinsky,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $430,000 to Manatee Technical College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for Workforce Development

Tallahassee, FL — On July 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $430,000 to Manatee Technical College through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The award funds a Diesel Systems Technology course to prepare a highly skilled workforce for…

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Governor DeSantis Awards $6.5 Million to Launch Civics Academies, Training the Next Generation of State and Local Leaders

Tallahassee, FL — On July 18th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded Polk State College, Broward College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) with $6.5 million to launch the Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative, which will…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Makes Major Announcements to Support the Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity Initiative

Tampa, FL — On July 15th, First Lady Casey DeSantis held a roundtable discussion to highlight how the State of Florida is working to support and empower Florida’s foster and adoptive families through the Hope Florida – A Pathway to…

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In Case You Missed It: From the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council

New Seaports Report Shows Florida’s Ports Well-Positioned to Take Advantage of Realignment in Global Trade Routes Florida’s “Open for Business” Strategy Answering Supply Chain Demands Tallahassee, FL – Strong…

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Governor Signs Local Bill to Help Apopka Restaurants

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently approved House Bill 1431 Relating to the City of Apopka, which grants small restaurants located in the Apopka Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) District the authority to get a Special Food Service license…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL – On July 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. Craig McCarthy, of Orlando, to serve as Judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court McCarthy has served as a General…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Recognizes Florida’s Teacher of the Year Finalists

ORLANDO, Fla. – On July 12th, Governor Ron DeSantis attended Florida’s annual Teacher of the Year Conference in Orlando to recognize the best educators in the state. At the event, Governor DeSantis highlighted five teacher of the year…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Additional Actions to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Floridians

Cape Coral, FL — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-164 to drive transparency in prescription costs for Floridians. This order will ensure reforms are in place to hold Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) accountable…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Auctioneers

Tallahassee, FL — On Jul 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald Cotton, Stan Crooks, Ransom Hartman, and Pamela Steele to the Board of Auctioneers. Donald Cotton Cotton, of Cantonment, is a Realtor with ERA…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Steve Moore to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Clarence “Steve” Moore to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. Clarence “Steve” Moore Moore, of Saint Johns,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On July 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis makes one judicial appointment to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Melanie Surber, of Delray Beach, to serve as Judge on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Surber …

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Statewide Public Health Advisory Following Press Conference and Agency Roundtable in Gadsden County

Quincy, FL – On July 7th, First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Acting Commissioner Mark Glass, and…

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ICYMI from the Department of Education: Florida School Grades Far Exceed Expectations

Data shows Florida’s schools performed much better than expected due to policies that kept schools open and kept students in the classroom Tallahassee, FL – On July 7th, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) released school grades…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Surplus for Fiscal Year 2021-22

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On July 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the surplus for Fiscal Year 2021-22 is $21.8 billion – the highest in state history and more than 21 percent above the state budget for the fiscal year. Collections in May…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Peter Antonacci as Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security

Tallahassee, FL -- On July 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Peter Antonacci as Director of the Office of Election Crimes and Security, housed within the Florida Department of State. The Office of Election Crimes and Security…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Students’ Elevating their Excellence in Civics

Despite Biden Administration’s Attempts to Devolve History into Squishy Theory, Florida’s Students Continue to Learn Real History and Civic Responsibility SANFORD, Fla. — On June 30th, Governor Ron DeSantis released the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the Commission for Independent Education

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Mildred Coyne, Jeff Cross, Judith Marty, Troy Stefano, Sharon Taylor-Ellis, Kristin Whitaker, and Burton “Tra” Williams III to the Commission for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $15.6 Million to Expand Access to Cybersecurity and IT Training

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz announced $15.6 million to expand cybersecurity and IT training in Florida. This announcement is part of Governor DeSantis’ goal to make…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Seven to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Abraham “Abe” Alangaden, Erick Arroyo, Bayne Beecher, Melvin “Mel” Ponder, Brian Sartain, Meredith Stanfield, and Representative Dana…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Expand Opportunities for Bright Futures Scholarship

Tampa, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 461 to expand eligibility requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to include paid work experience as a substitute for service hours. This expansion will allow…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Miya’s Law to Strengthen Renter Safety

Tallahassee, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 898, designated as “Miya’s Law”, to strengthen residential tenant safety measures including requiring background checks for prospective employees,…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Pedro Allende as Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services

Tallahassee, FL — On June 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Pedro Allende as Secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS). Allende, an attorney, has been a member of Florida’s Cybersecurity Advisory…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 461 – Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Student Service Requirements CS/SB 898 – Lodging Standards To read the transmittal…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirty Three Bills and Vetoes Five Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 144 – Identification Cards SB 156 – Loss Run Statements CS/SB 254 – Religious Institutions SB 288 – Electronic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three Judges of Compensation Claims

Tallahassee, FL – On June 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces three appointments to the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims. Jill Jacobs, of Satellite Beach, to serve as a Judge of Compensation Claims Jacobs has served as a…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Record Breaking Alzheimer’s Funding and Innovative Florida Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence

Fort Lauderdale, FL — On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias and signed Senate Bill 806, to establish the Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: CS/SB 806 – Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Forms of Dementia Education and Public Awareness To read the transmittal letter, click…

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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Continue the Mission Initiative

Pensacola, FL — On June 22nd, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of the Continue the Mission initiative, which will recruit veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to be child protective investigators and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Delivers Victory for Special Olympians Restricted from Competing in USA Games, Extends Invitation for Florida Showcase

Tallahassee, FL. – On June 23rd, Governor Ron DeSantis is proud to announce that after receiving notice of a fine from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Special Olympics International (SOI) has agreed to honor athletes from across the…

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Floridians' Tax Dollars Prohibited from Going to Corporations That Facilitate the Transport of Illegal Aliens into Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – On Friday, June 17, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1808, which prohibits governmental entities, including state agencies and local governments, from contracting with common carriers who knowingly transport…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Twelve Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 196 – Florida Housing Finance Corporation CS/CS/SB 596 – Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels CS/SB 598 – Public…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $28.4 Million in Funding for Economic Growth to 23 Florida Communities

Tallahassee, FL — On June 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $28.4 million in funding for economic growth and community resiliency to 23 Florida communities through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV)…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $4 Million to the Town of Callahan Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

CALLAHAN, FL -- On June 20th, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $4 million to the Town of Callahan through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to construct a clean water supply plant at Crawford Diamond Industrial Park, which is a 1,800-acre industrial…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the State Retirement Commission

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Kessie and Azhar Khan to the State Retirement Commission. Michael Kessie Kessie, of Bradenton, is the former Chief of Police of the New…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints David Hodges Jr. to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of David Hodges Jr. to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. David Hodges Jr. Hodges, of Jacksonville, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Board of Medicine

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Amy Derick, Dr. Patrick Hunter, and Nicole Justice and the reappointment of Dr. David Diamond to the Board of Medicine. Dr. Amy Derick Dr. Derick…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: -- CS/SB 1534 - Retail Theft -- CS/SB 1808 - Immigration Enforcement To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints John Holley to the Florida Athletic Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Holley to the Florida Athletic Commission. John Holley Holley, of Tallahassee, is the Vice President of State Government Affairs at Florida…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Thirty Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 17th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 30, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 1808 – Immigration Enforcement SB 144 – …

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Senior Investigator Kyle Patterson was killed at the age of 35 after a vehicle accident while on duty. He graduated from the FWC Law Enforcement Academy and began working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Additional Actions to Protect Floridians from Biden’s Border Crisis

Pensacola, FL — On June 17th, Governor DeSantis announced three significant actions Florida is taking to address the Biden Border Crisis. First, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida has formed a strike force of state and local law…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Four Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 30, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 1499 – City of Key West, Monroe County…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Three Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/SB 364 – Specialty License Plates CS/CS/SB 1062 – Service of Process CS/CS/CS/SB 1078 – Soil and Water Conservation Districts…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2022 Florida Python Challenge

MIAMI — On June 16th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that registration for the 2022 Florida Python Challenge® has opened and the annual 10-day event will be held August 5-14, 2022. Members of the public are now able to take the required…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Awards to Assist with Community Planning Projects

Tallahassee, FL — On June 14th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $1.5 million in awards to assist Florida communities with community planning projects through the Community Planning Technical Assistance (CPTA) and the Rural…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Christopher Fariello

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Officer Christopher Fariello was killed at the age of 34 when a fleeing suspect hit his patrol car head-on. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 and began working for the Wilton Manors Police Department.…

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Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Pasco County Commissioner Sylvia Young

On June 7, 2022, Former Pasco County Commissioner Sylvia Young passed away at the age of 83. Young was a lifelong resident of Darby, Florida. She served on the Pasco County Commission from 1980 until 2000 and was one of the first females to do so.…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Unveils the Florida State Guard

Madeira Beach, FL — On June 15th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reestablishment of the Florida State Guard and introduced the new director of this emergency-focused civilian volunteer force, retired Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Chris…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Certified List of Candidates for Florida Supreme Court

Tallahassee, FL — On June 13th, the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) provided Governor DeSantis’ Office the certified list of nominees to fill the vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court created by the retirement of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Support Retired Law Enforcement K-9s

Bunnell, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 226, establishing the Care for Retired Police Dogs program. The program will help caregivers of retired police dogs pay for veterinary costs of the dogs. The program is…

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More than 30,000 Floridians Assisted through First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity

Family-centered initiative reaches new milestone Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity has now helped more than 30,000 Floridians on their road to economic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs One Bill

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bill: -- CS/SB 226 – Care for Retired Police Dogs To read the transmittal letter, click…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee

Tallahassee, FL -- On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Matthew Eaton and Samantha Ferrin to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. Matthew Eaton Eaton, of Kissimmee, is the Vice…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Healthy Kids Board of Directors

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Andrea Gary and Jason Weida to the Florida Healthy Kids Board of Directors. Andrea Gary Gary, of Tallahassee, is the Bureau Chief of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Donald Wiley to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Donald Wiley to the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners. Donald Wiley Wiley, of The Villages, is the Owner of Gold Wingnut…

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Memorandum: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pulse Remembrance Day

Six years ago, on June 12, 2016, a shooter claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant committed a horrific act of terrorism against the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes One Judicial Appointment

Tallahassee, FL — On June 10, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis announces one judicial appointment to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Jigisa Patel-Dookhoo, of Rockledge, to serve as Judge on the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills to Support Florida’s Military Families

Fort Walton Beach, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed six bills to support veterans, military members, and their families in finding employment and educational opportunities in Florida. These pieces of legislation build on funding…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Raemi Eagle-Glenn to the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Jun 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Raemi Eagle-Glenn to the Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County. Raemi Eagle-Glenn Eagle-Glenn, of Gainesville, is a lawyer…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Ten Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 24, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 196 – Florida Housing Finance…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 9th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 45 – Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans CS/SB 430 – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Surpasses Four-Year Goal for Everglades Restoration and the Protection of Water Resources

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. — On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted the signing of the Freedom First Budget and more than $1.2 billion for Everglades restoration and the protection of Florida’s water resources. Through the Freedom…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $500 Million Building Upon His Historic Commitment to Enhancing Community Resiliency

West Palm Beach, FL — On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted more than $500 million for resiliency included in the FY 2022-23 Freedom First Budget. This investment includes more than $270 million to fully fund all three years of the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Eight Bills and Vetoes One

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- On June 8th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 914 – Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles CS/CS/SB 962 – Residential Development Projects for Affordable Housing CS/CS/SB 1000…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 1421, Improving School Safety in Florida

Tallahassee, FL — On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1421, which takes several measures to improve school safety in Florida. The steps taken by HB 1421 build on legislation over the last three years to implement the additional…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/HB 905 – Protective Injunctions CS/CS/CS/HB 1421 – School Safety CS/SB 1244 – Statutes of Limitation for Offenses Relating to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Seven Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL. —On June 7th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 22, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 1431 – City of Apopka, Orange County …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Three Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 21, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/HB 45 – Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $10 Million to Support Florida’s World-Class Urban Search and Rescue Teams

Jacksonville, FL – On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $10 million for Florida’s eight Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to support operations and training exercises to ensure that they are ready to respond immediately in the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Pat Ivey as Interim Sheriff to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Jacksonville, Fl. — On June 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Pat Ivey as Interim Sheriff to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Pat Ivey Ivey was previously the Undersheriff for the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs the Freedom First Budget Providing Historic Investments to Support Our Communities, Promote Education, and Protect the Environment

The Villages, FL – On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Freedom First budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 which prioritizes the freedoms of Floridians to live, work, and have successful businesses in the state. The budget totals $109.9…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirteen Bills and Vetoes Two Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 2514 – Electronic Filing of Taxes SB 2516 – Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims SB 2518 – Information Technology …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Ensures All Athletes Can Play, Announces Special Olympic Games Drops Vaccine Mandate

Orlando, FL – On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Special Olympic International (SOI) athletes and their families, coaches, and disability community members to show support for all athletes competing in the 2022 USA Games, which…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Tyler Brandeburg to the School Board of Lake County

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Tyler Brandeburg to the School Board of Lake County. Tyler Brandeburg Brandeburg, of Leesburg, is a Commercial Insurance Advisor for Brown and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Southwest Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Elijah “Ed” Armstrong III and William Hogarth to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Elijah “Ed” Armstrong III …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Northwest Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, FL — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Theodore “Ted” Everett and the reappointment of Nicholas “Nick” Patronis and George Roberts to the Northwest Florida Water Management…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the St. John’s River Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Cole Oliver and Janet Price to the St. John’s River Water Management District. Cole Oliver Oliver, of Merritt Island, is an Attorney and…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the South Florida Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Ronald “Ron” Bergeron and Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch to the South Florida Water Management District. Ronald “Ron” Bergeron …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Suwannee River Water Management District

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Charles Keith and Larry Sessions to the Suwannee River Water Management District. Charles Keith Keith is the President and Owner of American…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/CS/CS/HB 749 – Fraud Prevention CS/HB 615 – Human Trafficking CS/SB 444 – Indecent, Lewd, or Lascivious Touching CS/CS/SB 692…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Ten Bills from the Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, FL. — On June 3rd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 18, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 430 – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More Than $3 Million in Awards to Support Florida’s Military Communities

Tallahassee, FL – On June 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $3 million in awards to military communities through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program, the Defense Reinvestment Grant Program, and the Florida Defense Support…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eighteen Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On June 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 17, 2022, to act on these bills. HB 5001 – General Appropriations Act - 2022 HB 5003…

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Application Portal Open for Director of the New Florida State Guard

Tallahassee, FL – The newly re-established Florida State Guard (FLSG), Florida’s civilian force that will assist in supporting state emergency response, is looking for a Director. Florida seeks an individual with a strong background in…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Winners of the Spring 2022 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On June 1st, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced ten finalists and two grand prize winners for the 2022 Florida Space Art Contest. “I want to thank all of our K-5 students who participated in…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Richard Corcoran to the Board of Governors of the State University System

Tallahassee, FL —On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Richard Corcoran to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Richard Corcoran Corcoran is a practicing attorney and the former…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Development Finance Corporation

Tallahassee, Fla. — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Charbel Barakat, John “Michael” Quijano, and Taylor Smith to the Florida Development Finance Corporation. Charbel Barakat …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Robert Flippo to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees

Tallahassee, FL — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Robert Flippo to the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees Robert Flippo Flippo, is the Chief Executive Officer of…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments

Tallahassee, FL — On May 27th, Governor Ron DeSantis announces two judicial appointments, one to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court and one to the Lake County Court. Danielle Brewer, of Arcadia, to serve as Judge on the…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Eleven Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 10, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 2-D – Property Insurance SB 4-D - Building…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bipartisan Property Insurance and Condominium Safety Reforms

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed bipartisan legislation implementing the most significant and comprehensive property insurance reforms Florida has seen in decades to provide short- and long-term relief to Floridians…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Encourages Floridians to Splash Safely During Water Safety Month

Coral Gables, FL – On May 27th, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez was at the historic Venetian pool, the largest freshwater pool in the nation, to discuss drowning prevention and boating safety. Also there to discuss water safety tips…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: CS/SB 2-D – Property Insurance SB 4-D - Building Safety CS/CS/SB 494 – Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission CS/SB 722 –…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Participate in Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Ahead of 2022 Hurricane Season

The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will last two weeks, beginning May 28 through June 10 Tallahassee, FL — On May 26th, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) encouraged Floridians to…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Receives Nine Bills from the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL — On May 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis received the following bills from the Florida Legislature. The Governor has until June 9, 2022, to act on these bills. CS/SB 722 – Education for Student Inmates CS/CS/SB 758…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Ten Bills

Tallahassee, FL — On May 25th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: HB 159 – Public Records CS/CS/HB 389 – Money Services Businesses CS/CS/HB 423 – Building Regulation CS/CS/HB 837 –…

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Senator Annette Taddeo’s Statement Following the Essentially 24 Hour Special Session

Tallahassee, Florida – On Monday, March 23rd, the special session on insurance was called to address the impending crashing property insurance market. Yesterday, Tuesday March 24th, the bill was rammed through the Senate floor with no…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $9 Million for Infrastructure and Economic Development for Gadsden County Communities

Havana, FL — On May 24th, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $9 million in funding for Gadsden County communities for infrastructure and economic development projects across the county. This funding is provided by the Department of…

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Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and Florida Highway Patrol Host Roundtable to Highlight Human Trafficking and Drug Trafficking Prevention Efforts

LAKE CITY, Fla. — On May 23rd, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez and the Florida Highway Patrol hosted a roundtable discussion with local North Florida law enforcement about efforts to combat human trafficking and drug trafficking…

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