Citrus County Chronicle

Simpson brings good news for Citrus County

Florida is open for business. Senate President Wilton Simpson hammered home that point at least twice to the 175 people in attendance at Friday’s special Citrus County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. It was one of several remarks that brought applause from the audience. Simpson, R-Trilby, is a huge favorite in...
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Ron DeSantis fears snowballing inflation, splits from state economist

Will inflation resolve itself? The Legislature's economic experts thinks so. But not the Governor. Gov. Ron DeSantis fears inflation could snowball, a position that potentially pits the Governor against one of the state’s top economists. DeSantis has spent recent weeks harping on rising consumer prices. And the topic jumped into...

Ashley Moody Warns Floridians About Counterfeit Pills

This week, state Attorney General Ashley Moody warned Floridians about the recent explosion in deadly counterfeit pills confiscated nationwide. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently seized 1.8 million fentanyl-laced pills in a two-month nationwide sting that launched on Aug. 3. Since the start of 2021, officials have seized more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills—an increase of nearly 430% since 2019. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin and is an accelerating force behind the increase in drug overdose deaths.
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Florida reports lowest weekly increase in COVID-19 vaccinations ever

Florida added fewer people to its coronavirus inoculation count this week than ever before, but the level of the disease's spread has fallen below 5% for two weeks in a row. The number of residents immunized with at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine increased Friday by just 71,500 people over the past seven days, the state Department of Health reported.

Unvaccinated Floridians embrace COVID-19 antibody treatment but so do the vaccinated

It isn’t just people who are unvaccinated using Florida’s 25 monoclonal antibody treatment clinics, according to Florida officials. About 45% of the more than 135,000 people who have received the COVID-19 treatment were fully vaccinated, state officials estimate. In parts of the state with higher vaccination rates, such as Miami-Dade County, the percentage has been as much as 60%. But do ...

DeSantis threatens to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandate

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday threatened to sue the Biden administration over an anticipated coronavirus vaccine mandate. The governor's comments came during a press conference in Fort Myers on monoclonal antibody treatments, which the governor has worked to make more accessible in the state to prevent severe COVID-19 infections.

Moody sues Olympus over unfinished pools

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed suit against Olympus Pools, Inc. and its owner James I. Staten, Jr. for allegedly accepting payments for contracted pool services that were never provided. Moody said since March 2021 the Florida Attorney General’s Office has received more than 200 consumer complaints amounting to...

Our Story 'Who Owns Florida’s Beaches?' Just Won a National Award

Writer Isaac Eger’s well-researched Sarasota Magazine story about public beach access, “Who Owns Florida’s Beaches?,” won a Folio Eddie award at a ceremony in New York City last night. The Eddie & Ozzie Awards is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the publishing community, with thousands of applications received from around the world.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promises to challenge federal vaccine mandate

Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed Thursday to legally challenge a soon-to-be-released federal rule that would require workers at businesses with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. DeSantis indicated that the case likely will be filed at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which he said is an avenue in challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has developed the rule.

What is Florida without oranges?

Data: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Chart: Thomas Oide/AxiosFlorida's citrus crop is on pace to shrink again next year to its lowest total since 1945, if you don't count the destruction Hurricane Irma caused in 2017 to the state's already-depleted groves.Driving the news: The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its initial citrus crop forecast for the 2021-22 season: 47 million boxes of Florida oranges, down 11% from last season's 52.8 million.Of note: Fruit per tree was the lowest on record for both non-Valencia and Valencia oranges since the first year this number was collected, 1964-1965.Huanglongbing — or citrus greening — is...