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School board politics continue to play out across Florida

The big story: Fallout from November’s school board elections continues a month later. Today, the Brevard County board meets to work out details for the departure of superintendent Mark Mullins, who was forced out by the new School Board majority. Newly released details indicate he will leave effective Jan. 1, Spectrum 13 reports. Two of the superintendent’s top deputies announced they would retire in the wake of his resignation, Florida Today reports.
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Governor DeSantis visits Punta Gorda

Governor Ron DeSantis is in Punta Gorda on Monday, December 5th. He will be joined by First Lady Casey DeSantis and Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie.
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Florida’s midterms may be over, but the judicial revolution continues | Column

OK folks, the elections are over, and a governor and senator have been re-elected. It’s now time to focus on the revolution taking place under our noses. The contests for governor, senator and who will control Congress have taken up so much space that we may not have been paying enough attention to the revolution that is being driven by radical judicial activism.

DeSantis and Disney: The ride is hurtling to the end

Hello and welcome to Monday. All about the mouse — At some point, something has to be done about Florida’s new law dealing with Disney. The question has always been when and how and who winds up being the one in charge and paying the bills. Backdrop— A...

Free, Low-Cost, and Paid Drive-Through Animal Viewings and Safaris in Florida

There are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife in Florida. The state and national parks offer a plethora of opportunities to see animals that are native to Florida on foot. But the sunshine state also has some attractions that offer drive-through animal viewings and safaris that don't even require that you exit your car. You can avoid the heat and the crowds while seeing both native animals and species that you normally wouldn't see in Florida.

Health insurance enrollment soars in Florida

There was a significant increase in health plan enrollment in Florida in 2021, led by growth in individual plans. According to a report by the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, total health plan enrollment increased 13.5% compared to 2020, to 4.32 million. That was led by individual health plan enrollment soaring 27.4%, to 2.5 million. Much of that was from individual health plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges, which accounted for 88% of individual health plans in the state.

2 dead, 1 missing in plane crash off Florida's Gulf coast

MIAMI - A private airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Saturday night, with two people confirmed dead and a third person believed to have been on the flight missing. Authorities in Venice initiated a search Sunday after 10 a.m. following a Federal Aviation Administration inquiry to the Venice Municipal Airport about an overdue single-engine Piper Cherokee that had not returned to its origin airport in St. Petersburg. Around the same time, recreational boaters found the body of a woman floating about 2.5 miles west of the Venice shore, city of Venice spokesperson Lorraine Anderson said in a statement. Divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office located the wreckage of the rented airplane around 2 p.m. about a third of a mile offshore, directly west of the Venice airport, Anderson said. Rescuers found a deceased girl in the plane's passenger area. A third person, believed to be a male who was the pilot or a passenger, remained missing Sunday, Anderson said.

Cherfilus-McCormick Questions Mass Haiti Deportations

Florida Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D) has joined numerous House members in an effort to tackle pressing immigration concerns regarding Haiti. 13 House Democrats have collaborated in penning a letter and directing it to the U.S. Department of State and the international community. The lawmakers called for an investigation into the mass deportations of Haitian migrants.


December 5, 2022 – Laura Zebersky, president of Jazwares, the #5 toy company in the U.S., has been elected to chair the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Zebersky has served on the Southern Florida chapter’s board for three years. She succeeds Richard Weissman and will lead...

EDITORIAL: Use caution, patience in dealing with hurricane repairs

Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL) OUR POSITION: Be cautious when selecting contractors to fix hurricane damage and be patient, but firm, with insurance companies that may be dragging their feet. The national spotlight has mostly left our communities, but the rebuilding and aftermath continues after Hurricane Ian's destructive path. Consumer...
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Battle looms for faculty tenure review across Florida

In January, the Florida Board of Governors will decide whether to adopt a regulation that would institute a tenure review every five years for faculty at Florida public universities. The United Faculty of Florida union, which represents 25,000 faculty members and 8,000 graduate students across the state’s 12 public institutions,...

Warm week ahead in NE Florida

Jacksonville, Fl — Morning fog gives way to cloudy conditions and mild temperatures in the low 70s today. Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma is tracking an above average week of weather, and it will be dry throughout. Today will actually be the coolest day of the week. The...

Foggy mornings with afternoon temps back in the 80s

We are starting this Monday with a dense fog advisory along our coastal counties until 9 a.m. Despite the clouds, we’ll warm up to the lower 80s this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies and a 20% chance of light rain.. Back in the 80s:. High pressure anchored in the...
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National competitions come to area

Location. Location. Location. Not surprisingly, Orlando, Tampa and Daytona Beach garner most of the attention when sporting events take a look at coming to Florida’s midsection. Yet as The Villages continues to flourish and make its mark as another central Florida hotspot, more sporting organizers are choosing to come closer to the borders of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. The AVP beach volleyball circuit brought its 2022 season to a close Sunday on the shores of Lake Harris, as the AVP Pro Series Central Florida Open became the first December event in the circuit’s nearly 40-year history. “The AVP had not played a tournament in Central Florida since 1997,” AVP chief executive Al Lau said, “and after 25 years we were thrilled to be able to come back and work with a terrific venue at Hickory Point Beach.”

Where To Buy Legal Weed These Days: Newest Marijuana Shops In FL & CA

MegaBud Opens Two More Cannabis Convenience Stores In CA. MegaBud's San Francisco shop at 1649 Divisadero St. brings a fresh new vibe to the local community for recreational purposes while providing easily accessible cannabis to hospitals and their patients in the area. The second shop will be a cannabis dispensary...
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WATCH LIVE: DeSantis, wife to hold news conference in Punta Gorda

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday will hold a news conference in Punta Gorda. The conference is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post No. 103. [TRENDING: Become a News 6 Insider]. The topic of conversation is not known, but the governor...