Joyful Monday.

The weekend introduced some excellent news on the pandemic entrance. It now appears probably that we’ll have the ability to spend Independence Day with family and friends — safely. New coronavirus instances are actually at their lowest levels since June 2020. Whether or not you had a superb weekend or a nasty one, get pleasure from a share of the victory — assuming you’ve been vaccinated and performed your half.

The Haitian neighborhood additionally has a superb motive to have a good time. After many robust weekends in a row, the Joe Biden administration introduced it’s extending temporary protected status to the 54,000 Haitian immigrants who’re dwelling within the nation, and probably 1000’s extra, sparing them from having to move again to their residence nation amid persevering with civil unrest and human rights abuses. “Relieving weekend” could also be a extra apt description, nevertheless it was a superb one nonetheless.

Now for one thing rather less somber: festivals are again! 

This weekend noticed greater than 3,000 Floridians and vacationers head to South Seashore for the town’s annual Wine & Food Festival, and Tampa Pride 2021 drew a crowd 10 instances as giant — positive, it wasn’t the 70,000 that turned out in 2019, nevertheless it was infinitely greater than the canceled 2020 version. Should you have been one of many many to make the journey, chances are high you had an incredible weekend — and a long-overdue one at that.

Festivals are again, beginning with Tampa Delight 2021 — the primary within the nation. Picture through the Metropolis of Tampa.

Nonetheless, the temper is a bit iffy in North Florida as the times of dialing seven digits are over. Beginning Saturday, these dwelling within the 850 space code needed to start dialing all 10 digits to succeed in anybody. It’s been greater than 20 years since Northwest Florida cut up from Jacksonville and was assigned the 850 code, which covers Tallahassee and all the pieces west of it. In response to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator — the group that plans out space codes — 850 will run out of numbers in about six months. However they aren’t ready for it to be absolutely exhausted to make the change. The brand new space code, by the best way, is 448. Doesn’t have fairly the identical ring to it, does it?

Down in Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas landed the Florida state baseball championship. The Eagles defeated Spruce Creek Excessive to win the Class 7A state title. The 2020-21 staff went 28-2 on the season to seize the college’s second-ever title. A few of the gamers on the roster have been current in the course of the 2018 capturing on the college — the freshmen that 12 months are seniors as we speak. It doesn’t erase what occurred, however no less than there can be a contented reminiscence from their highschool days to look again on years down the road.

Talking of baseball titles … truly, let’s not jinx it … the Tampa Bay Rays are on a scorching streak. The membership beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday to notch their third nine-game win streak in franchise historical past. The Rays now sit at 28-19, placing them one sport behind the Purple Sox for the No. 1 spot within the American League. Throughout the bay, the Tampa Bay Lightning bounced again from a tricky loss Thursday evening and managed a dominant win over the Florida Panthers. They’re now only one sport away from advancing to the second spherical of the NHL playoffs. As soon as once more, don’t begin the Champa Bay chants but, however undoubtedly hold your fingers crossed and put on your fortunate socks.

Whether or not you spent the weekend sipping wine in South Florida, leaping up and down within the bleachers in Tampa Bay, or looking at your telephone in bewilderment in North Florida, hopefully, you loved this weekend as a result of there could also be a cruddy one on the best way.

The primary tropical storm of the 12 months, Ana, shaped about 200 miles off the coast of Bermuda, marking one other 12 months the place the storms aren’t ready for the official begin of hurricane season on June 1. Fortunately, Ana isn’t going to swing by means of Florida, however the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says we could make all of it the best way to “S” names this 12 months. The annual catastrophe preparedness gross sales tax vacation begins Friday, which is nearly as good a chance as any to construct your package and make your storm plans. Don’t overlook.


@Fineout: What has to sting a bit right here: (Chris) Sununu‘s shot at (Ron) DeSantis echoes that of @nikkifried who additionally criticized the Governor for signing (in the course of the evening) the invoice that required on-line retailers to begin gathering Fla’s gross sales tax

@AGGancarkski: Newest drop of @GovRonDeSantis schedule but: 11:36 p.m. on a Saturday evening. What intern bought caught with sending that one out?

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@FarmerforFLSen: With the true press I’m a winner for preventing for what’s simply and proper.

@tomaskenn: Years within the making, however we lastly removed the weighted vote, the archaic & undemocratic system that concentrated decision-making energy within the fingers of some at @FlaDems. The brand new system just isn’t excellent, nevertheless it permits for far more grassroots participation. We are actually stronger.

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‘A Quiet Place Half II’ rescheduled premiere — 4; Catastrophe Preparedness Gross sales Tax Vacation begins — 4; Memorial Day — 7; Florida TaxWatch Spring Assembly and PLA Awards — 10; ‘Loki’ premieres on Disney+ — 18; Father’s Day — 27; F9 premieres within the U.S. — 32; ‘Tax Freedom Vacation’ begins — 38; ‘Prime Gun: Maverick’ rescheduled premiere — 39; 4th of July — 41; ‘Black Widow’ rescheduled premiere — 46; MLB All-Star Sport — 50; new begin date for 2021 Olympics — 60; second season of ‘Ted Lasso’ premieres on Apple+ — 60; the NBA Draft — 66; ‘Jungle Cruise’ premieres — 68; ‘The Suicide Squad’ premieres — 74; St. Petersburg Major Election — 92; Disney’s ‘Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings’ premieres — 102; NFL common season begins — 108; Broadway’s full-capacity reopening — 113; ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ premieres (rescheduled) — 123; ‘Dune’ premieres — 130; MLB common season ends — 132; ‘No Time to Die’ premieres (rescheduled) — 138; World Collection Sport 1 — 155; Florida’s twentieth Congressional District major — 162; St. Petersburg Municipal Elections — 162; Disney’s ‘Eternals’ premieres — 165; San Diego Comedian-Con begins — 186; Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Facet Story’ premieres — 200; ‘Spider-Man Far From House’ sequel premieres — 207; NFL season ends — 230; Florida’s twentieth Congressional District election — 232; NFL playoffs start — 236; Tremendous Bowl LVI — 265; ‘Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity’ premieres — 305; ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ premieres — 347; “Black Panther 2” premieres — 410; ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel premieres — 501; “Captain Marvel 2” premieres — 536.


How Joe Biden’s cash paid for Florida GOP’s pet education projects” through Andrew Atterbury of POLITICO — Florida Republicans reject Biden’s insurance policies however positive prefer to spend his cash. The GOP-led Legislature was dealing with an schooling funds disaster at the beginning of the 2021 Legislative Session, with lawmakers critically contemplating slashing Ok-12 budgets and rising tuition at Florida’s public universities. In all, Florida had an almost $3 billion funds shortfall. However the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bundle modified Florida’s dire funds scenario and helped the state’s biggest-name Republicans obtain their private coverage targets. Though GOP lawmakers claimed the federal aid wasn’t wanted, legislators allotted no less than $7.4 billion from Biden’s rescue plan to Ok-12 faculties subsequent 12 months and past.

Florida Republicans have been fast to decry Joe Biden, and simply as fast to spend his stimulus cash. Picture through AP.


Taking place as we speak — Florida TaxWatch publicizes its annual report on “turkeys” — wasteful spending — within the 2021-2022 state funds, 11 a.m., Florida TaxWatch, 106 North Bronough St., Tallahassee. Zoom link here.

Florida consumers get back-to-school, hurricane and ‘freedom’ sales-tax holidays” through Grey Rohrer of the Orlando Sentinel — Florida shoppers will save on hurricane and college provides in addition to live performance tickets and out of doors gear below a $200 million invoice signed by DeSantis. HB 7061 consists of gross sales tax holidays on back-to-school and hurricane preparedness objects that Floridians are used to, nevertheless it additionally has a gross sales tax vacation for out of doors recreation items and tickets to sports activities and cultural occasions. DeSantis and lawmakers who pushed the brand new measure by means of the Legislature final month name it “Freedom Week,” which is able to final from July 1-7.

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Florida Senate staff receiving $1,000 bonuses for pandemic service” through Haley Brown of Florida Politics — Many front-line staff can be getting $1,000 bonuses from the state this 12 months thanking them for his or her dutiful service in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. First responders like firefighters, police and paramedics are getting checks and lecturers too. Due to Senate President Wilton Simpson, all 117 Senate district employees may also be receiving $1,000 bonuses for his or her service, which continued by means of the summer time final 12 months. In letters despatched to district employees, Simpson thanked them for his or her onerous work and dedication.

’Harassment on Twitter is inevitable’: Ron DeSantis’ press secretary unlocks account” through Jason Delgado of Florida Politics — Christina Pushaw, DeSantis‘ newly minted press secretary, unlocked her Twitter account on Saturday after privatizing the account following a collection of on-line threats. “Unlocked my account as a result of I concluded that, sadly, harassment on Twitter is inevitable for a conservative in public life,” Pushaw tweeted. “I’ll nonetheless block & report — however solely precise threats. This isn’t my official work account, however I’ll use it to debunk misinformation & unfold fact.” Pushaw, a conservative journalist turned press secretary, locked her Twitter account on Thursday after “waves” of “disgusting” and “deranged” harassments and threats, she defined on Twitter.

Taking place as we speak — The Florida Transportation Fee meets, 10 a.m. Name-in: 850-739-5589. Assembly ID: 36550122.


Taking place as we speak — Legal professional Normal Ashley Moody discusses hurricane preparedness at a information convention, 10:15 a.m., Legal professional Normal Tampa workplace, 3507 East Frontage Highway, Tampa.

👍🏼👎🏼 — Particular Session winners and losers: In solely three days, the 2021 Particular Session was an enormous wager, with each winners … and losers. The Particular Session gaveled in noon Monday, and a bit over 48 hours later, each chambers had signed off on a brand new 30-year Gaming Compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. There are some apparent winners … and a few obscure losers. It’s an extensive list, so make certain to not miss it.

It’s the definitive listing of who’s up (and down) after the three-day Particular Session.

Brian Ballard: Long-term gaming stability may be in partnerships between Seminole Tribe, pari-mutuels” through Scott Powers of Florida Politics — Ballard, whose Ballard Companions lobbying agency represents a number of pursuits within the playing bundle the Legislature accepted in final week’s Particular Session — together with three pari-mutuel corporations in Florida — identified that for the primary time the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its Florida playing competitors, the pari-mutuels, can turn into companions. These partnerships — ought to they really materialize — may come up from the brand new sports activities betting deal. Underneath the Compact, the Tribe will management sports activities betting in Florida. However the Tribe may license sports activities betting operations to the pari-mutuels, permitting them to open their very own sports activities betting lounges. The 2 would cut up the web winnings. So now, one facet’s winnings may assist the opposite facet prosper.

Bestbet can add sports betting in Jacksonville and Orange Park, but slots remain off table” through David Bauerlein of the Florida Instances-Union — The state Legislature has simply accepted a playing invoice with big monetary stakes for the way forward for playing in Florida. The laws opens the door for Bestbet to get into the sports activities betting enterprise, however with regards to slots, that’s no nearer to taking place in Jacksonville. Bestbet would have the ability to add a brand new line of playing by providing clients the power to position wagers on sports activities. Nonetheless, that enlargement just isn’t a positive factor as a result of opponents of the playing laws have vowed to sue the state over the sports activities betting provision.

Is a Donald Trump South Florida casino in the works? Gambling deal makes it easier — and raises eyebrows” through Skyler Swisher of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Florida legislators didn’t ship a on line casino to Trump throughout their Particular Session on playing, however they cleared no less than one hurdle from his path if he has these ambitions. In a deal accepted this week, the Seminole Tribe of Florida agreed to not object to new playing operations farther than 15 miles away from its Hollywood casinos. Trump Doral falls simply exterior that 15-mile zone, as does the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Seashore, which has additionally been talked about as a potential on line casino website. Rep. Mike Grieco doesn’t suppose it’s a coincidence DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe’s settlement landed on a 15-mile buffer for the Seminole Tribe’s casinos as an alternative of a bigger one.

Matt Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend to cooperate with federal authorities in sex trafficking investigation” through Paula Reid, David Shortell and Gloria Borger of CNN — Federal authorities investigating alleged intercourse trafficking by GOP Rep. Gaetz have secured the cooperation of the Congressman’s ex-girlfriend, based on individuals conversant in the matter. The lady, a former Capitol Hill staffer, is seen as a important witness, as she has been linked to Gaetz way back to the summer time of 2017, a time period that has emerged as a key window of scrutiny for investigators. She will be able to additionally assist investigators perceive the relevance of a whole bunch of transactions they’ve obtained information of, together with these involving alleged funds for intercourse, the sources stated.

Joel Greenberg kept committing crimes well after he learned feds were investigating him” through Martin E. Comas of the Orlando Sentinel — On an April morning in 2019, federal brokers walked into the Tax Collector’s Workplace in Lake Mary and handed an worker a grand jury subpoena that exposed for the primary time that the U.S. Division of Justice was investigating whether or not Greenberg had used public cash to learn himself. That preliminary request for information associated to Greenberg’s spending and investments was revealed in a plea settlement Greenberg struck with prosecutors. The deal confirmed that federal investigators had been taken with Greenberg far sooner than had beforehand been confirmed. However maybe extra gorgeous is that it additionally confirmed Greenberg continued breaking the legislation for months after he first knew there was a federal investigation focusing on him.

Joel Greenberg merely couldn’t assist himself. Picture through Reuters.

“‘Ghost’ candidate in key state Senate race had help from controversial political consultant” through Annie Martin and Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel — About 4 months after Orlando political strategist Eric Foglesong pleaded responsible to stealing cash from a marketing campaign and was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution, he waded again into native elections, contributing almost $900 to a pair of little-known impartial candidates who filed to run in two hotly contested legislative races. In response to three handwriting specialists who in contrast a photocopy of that verify, Foglesong, who would quickly start falling behind on his residence hire funds, additionally probably wrote the $1,187 verify that paid the qualifying charge for a kind of candidates to writing on paperwork Foglesong filed in court docket.

FSU presidential candidates picked in secret, search committee member says” through Drew Wilson of Florida Politics — A member of Florida State College’s presidential search committee doesn’t suppose the candidate interview and choice course of was above board. In an e-mail despatched to State College System Chancellor Marshall M. Criser III, Committee member Craig Mateer stated a number of committee votes have been held by secret poll, and he believes the candidate interviews have been coordinated theater. “We have been advised we couldn’t speak to the candidates. I requested particularly to try this earlier than the formal interviews and was advised that couldn’t happen. As well as, the questions we have been to ask the interviewees have been drafted prematurely and given to us with out our enter (and we weren’t allowed to maintain the questions, they usually have been collected on Saturday from us),” he wrote.

Taking place as we speak — The Florida State College Board of Trustees meets to think about three candidates for the following FSU president to succeed the retiring John Thrasher: Richard McCullough, vice provost for analysis at Harvard College; Robert Blouin, government vice chancellor and provost of the College of North Carolina; and Giovanni Piedimonte, vp for analysis at Tulane College, 9 a.m., Augustus B. Turnbull Florida State Convention Heart, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee. Online link here.

Insurers are dropping homeowners left and right. Many will be forced to accept less coverage” through Ron Hurtibise of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — All however a handful of insurers, repelled by excessive charges of fraud and litigation, refuse to write down new enterprise in Palm Seashore, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The remaining few will cowl solely new houses or present houses with new roofs. You will have choices, however you in all probability received’t like them. One is Residents Property Insurance coverage Corp., which is able to depart you susceptible to a surcharge of 45% of your annual premium if the corporate runs out of cash paying claims after a catastrophic hurricane season. Another choice is to purchase a coverage that can pay you solely the depreciated worth of your roof if it should be changed, leaving you on the hook for the distinction — 1000’s of {dollars}.

— 2022 —

Panhandle Republicans endorse each other, move to thwart heated primaries” through Jason Delgado through Florida Politics — Republican Reps. Alex Andrade and Michelle Salzman publicly endorsed each other forward of the 2022 election cycle, a transfer that will assist stave off the development of heated primaries inside their districts. The endorsements come after Greg Litton, a former main league baseball participant, opened an account Monday to run within the 2022 Republican major for Andrade’s seat in Home District 2. Each lawmakers praised one another’s monitor information and supported their reelection efforts. Salzman, a freshman, represents Home District 1, a neighboring district that additionally encompasses Escambia County.

Michelle Salzman and Alex Andrade endorse one another to get out of robust primaries.


Florida vaccination total tops 10 million people” through Jim Saunders of The Information Service of Florida — The Division of Well being report confirmed that 7,965,477 individuals who had obtained photographs — or almost 80% of the ten,005,987 complete — have been thought of absolutely vaccinated, as they’d obtained two doses of vaccines produced by the drug corporations Pfizer or Moderna or the one-dose vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson. However whereas vaccinations helped restore extra of a way of normalcy, a lot of Florida’s almost 22 million residents haven’t obtained photographs. Knowledge tracked by Johns Hopkins College indicated that Florida trailed 30 different states and the District of Columbia within the proportion of its inhabitants that’s absolutely vaccinated, although underlying numbers posted on-line by Johns Hopkins differ from these within the DOH report.

Florida hits a vaccination milestone, however there may be nonetheless a protracted solution to go. Picture through NSF.

Florida nursing homes: A real-time test ground for COVID-19 vaccine immunity” through Cindy Krischer-Goodman of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — When COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Florida in December, seniors in elder-care amenities have been among the many first to get the lifesaving therapy. The technique has paid off: COVID-19 instances in residents of Florida nursing houses and assisted dwelling amenities fell 90% since January. Now senior advocate organizations are intently watching the new case numbers and hospitalizations. Nobody — even vaccine producers — is aware of for sure how lengthy immunity will final, significantly within the aged. Each Pfizer and Moderna CEOs have stated it’s probably there can be a necessity for a 3rd dose, someplace between six and 12 months.


Welcome to public-comments hell: COVID-19 mask critics abuse county school board” through Frank Cerabino of The Palm Seashore Publish — Once you give COVID-19 masks protesters a kvetching alternative, you quickly uncover that for a lot of, it’s actually not in regards to the masks. Complaining about sporting a masks is simply a chance for them to placed on their “patriot” apparel, mud off their Nazi references and picture themselves as God-anointed, heroic figures in American historical past. The Palm Seashore County College Board activated this underwhelming stew of humanity once more this previous week whereas discussing the college’s mask-wearing coverage for this summer time and the upcoming fall time period.


Coronavirus infections drop below 30,000 daily in continuing sign of recovery” through Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach of The Washington Publish — For the primary time in 11 months, the every day common of recent coronavirus infections in the USA has fallen under 30,000 amid persevering with indicators that the majority communities throughout the nation are rising from the worst of the pandemic. The seven-day common dipped to 27,815 on Friday, the bottom since June 22 and fewer than a tenth of the an infection price in the course of the winter surge. The pandemic map stays speckled with scorching spots, together with elements of the Deep South, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. On the native degree, progress towards contagion has not been uniform as some communities wrestle with inequities in vaccine distribution and the virus’s well being impacts.

COVID-19 infections are at a low. Is it a return to normalcy? Picture through Washington Publish.


Florida jobless rate at 4.8% in April” through Jim Turner of The Information Service of Florida — The state Division of Financial Alternative stated the April price was up from 4.7% in March. An estimated 487,000 Floridians have been reported as jobless out of a workforce of 10.24 million. The variety of individuals employed elevated by 59,000 from March to April, whereas the workforce grew by 73,000 on the identical time. Adrienne Johnston, the division’s chief economist, referred to as the workforce improve “a optimistic signal.” “You need to see the labor drive rising. That will end in both a gentle or a slight improve within the unemployment price. That’s not essentially a nasty factor,” Johnston stated. Johnston acknowledged that the return of staff to the leisure and hospitality sectors continues to be slower than in another industries.

Florida says it is researching whether to continue federal jobless benefits” through Rob Wile of the Miami Herald — At present, a Florida employee submitting for unemployment can earn as much as $575 every week — or about $14.38 an hour — from $300 in supplemental help from Washington on high of the state’s $275 most credit score. Earlier than the pandemic, the state’s minimal wage was $8.65 an hour. “The Division continues to analysis and monitor whether or not the state ought to proceed collaborating in all federal unemployment packages that have been applied to supply further aid from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Florida Division of Financial Alternative press secretary Andrew G. Nixon stated.

Florida debates persevering with with the federal unemployment complement.

Florida’s rigged economy is responsible for a working-class eviction crisis” through the Orlando Sentinel editorial board — Should you work within the low-wage service financial system, as many Floridians do, it’s unlikely you may afford to purchase a house. Which suggests you must hire. However when you fall behind in your hire funds, as many service staff did in the course of the pandemic, you might have simply 5 days after getting a authorized summons to pay the owner what’s owed. 5 days to give you presumably 1000’s of {dollars}. In any other case, you’re robotically in default and dealing with eviction. Distinction that with owners, who’ve way more time to make good on what they owe earlier than shedding their houses. Florida was one in every of simply seven states the place, with inflation factored in, the median hourly wage truly fell in the course of the nine-year interval from 2007-2016.


CDC is investigating a heart problem in a few young vaccine recipients” through Apoorva Mandavilli of The New York Instances — The CDC is wanting into studies {that a} very small variety of youngsters and younger adults vaccinated towards the coronavirus could have skilled coronary heart issues. The group’s assertion was sparse in particulars, saying solely that there have been “comparatively few” instances and that they could be totally unrelated to vaccination. The situation, referred to as myocarditis, is an irritation of the center muscle and may happen following sure infections. The CDC’s overview of the studies is within the early levels, and the company has but to find out whether or not there may be any proof that the vaccines triggered the center situation. The company has posted steering on its web site urging medical doctors and clinicians to be alert to uncommon coronary heart signs amongst younger individuals who had simply obtained their photographs.

Is there a hyperlink between vaccinations and coronary heart issues in youthful individuals?

For colleges, vaccine mandates often depend on which party is in power” through Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Instances — With many schools dealing with falling enrollments and monetary strain, the choice whether or not to require vaccinations can have big penalties. Notably in Republican-controlled states, school presidents are weighing a fragile equation, half security, half politics, half peer strain, and half financial self-interest. Many universities have added a caveat to attempt to shield themselves from legal responsibility. Their mandates are contingent on one of many vaccines acquiring ultimate regulatory approval, however they’d enable college students to return to campus after receiving any of them.


A changed Democratic Party continues to influence the Biden presidency” through Joe Dan Balz of The Washington Publish — The President maintains he has probably not gone far left since taking workplace. “The progressives don’t like me as a result of I’m not ready to tackle what I might say and they’d say is a socialist agenda,” he stated. What he means is he received’t assist a Medicare-for-all plan that Sanders favors. Nor will he embrace calls to defund the police, as some within the Black Lives Matter motion advocate. Biden should make some troublesome selections in regards to the unfinished elements of his financial and home agenda. He’ll proceed to really feel strain from the left on voting rights, immigration, racial injustice, weapons and the filibuster. Up to now, he has maneuvered by means of this with relative confidence, however circumstances have compelled him to adapt to the modifications inside his celebration and govern accordingly.

Joe Biden is feeling the warmth from all sides. Picture through Reuters.

U.S. again extending temporary protected status for Haitians” through The Related Press — The Biden administration is permitting eligible Haitian nationals residing within the U.S. to use for a brand new 18-month designation for short-term protected standing, reversing a Trump administration effort that had sought to finish the particular consideration. Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited safety issues, social unrest, a rise in human rights abuses, crippling poverty and different issues in Haiti for the choice. “After cautious consideration, we decided that we should do what we will to assist Haitian nationals in the USA till situations in Haiti enhance so they could safely return residence,” Mayorkas stated.


Trump is sliding toward online irrelevance. His new blog isn’t helping.” through Drew Harwell and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Publish — On the web, Trump is sliding towards one thing he has fought his whole life: irrelevance. On-line speak about him has plunged to a five-year low. He’s banned or ignored on just about each main social media venue. Within the final week, Trump’s web site, together with his new weblog, fundraising web page and on-line storefront, attracted fewer estimated guests than the pet-adoption service Petfinder and the recipe website Delish. Trump continues to be by far the Republican Social gathering’s largest star, and conservative lawmakers and provocateurs are actually loudly sparring over the significance of loyalty to him forward of the 2022 midterm elections or a possible second Trump presidential run.

Donald Trump’s weblog is a flop.

Since leaving office, Trump has charged the Secret Service more than $40,000 to use space at Mar-a-Lago” through David A. Fahrenthold and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Publish — Trump charged the Secret Service greater than $40,000 this spring for rooms that Trump’s personal protecting element used whereas guarding him at his Mar-a-Lago Membership, based on federal spending information. The information present that Trump’s membership charged the Secret Service $396.15 each evening beginning Jan. 20, the day he left the White Home and moved full-time into his Palm Seashore, Florida, membership. In the end paid by taxpayers, these costs continued till no less than April 30, the spending information present, for a complete of $40,011.15. The costs have been for a single room used as a workspace by Secret Service brokers.


Could congressional committees thoroughly investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack? There are … doubts” through Paul Kane of The Washington Publish — Lawmakers are confronting a brand new problem in probing the ugly Jan. 6 revolt on the Capitol, debating whether or not congressional committees are really able to conducting investigations that can present a full accounting and likewise be accepted by a bitterly divided public. Regardless of a bipartisan Home vote Wednesday to create an impartial fee, Senate Republicans signaled they’d not go together with the proposal as it’s at the moment drafted, preferring that their committees proceed conducting evaluations. But not one of the present probes is concentrated on the final central query of that fateful day what actions did Trump take contained in the White Home, if any, to assist quell the rise up led by his supporters.

Filibuster brawl amps up with GOP opposition to Jan. 6 panel” through Burgess Everett of POLITICO — The filibuster has been on hiatus since Biden took over. Senate Republicans are about to alter that — over a bipartisan fee to probe the Capitol riot. After greater than 4 months of letting their energy to impede lie unused within the Senate, the 50-member Senate GOP is able to mount a filibuster of Home-passed laws creating an impartial cross-aisle panel to analyze the Jan. 6 revolt. If Republicans observe by means of and block the invoice, they’ll spark a long-building struggle over the filibuster’s very existence.

Mitch McConnell could also be prepared to make use of the filibuster, untouched thus far this Congress. Picture through AP.

A Florida Republican on election integrity and Trump’s fraud claims” through Astead W. Herndon of The New York Instances — In Florida, a state Trump received simply, Republicans enacted a extra focused overhaul of elections legislation in lockstep with Trump’s allegations. Rep Byron Donalds believes the response to the brand new legislation is misguided and overblown. In an interview, he sought to clarify Republican actions as distinct from Trump’s false claims, and according to voter issues. He argues that his state’s new legislation, and related ones throughout the nation, would encourage renewed confidence within the election course of.

Project editors — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor joins Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Commissioner Gwen Myers for a information convention to stipulate American Rescue Plan help for the Metropolis of Tampa and Hillsborough County, 12 p.m., Lee Davis Neighborhood Providers Heart, 3402 N twenty second St, Tampa. RSVP at [email protected]


Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg steps aside as candidate for top federal prosecutor” through Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald — In a letter to a handful of South Florida politicians, Aronberg stated he was “honored by studies” that he was being thought of for the U.S. Legal professional’s place, however he didn’t apply due to his “love” for his present job, which he has held since 2013. Aronberg, a white Democrat who has been a high-profile commentator on MSNBC, CNN and different cable networks, additionally stated that he believes “our present nationwide local weather requires a history-making appointment of the primary Black U.S. Legal professional from Florida.” Matthew Dates and Markenzy Lapointe are the one Black candidates, and each are former federal prosecutors in South Florida.

Dave Aronberg is forgoing a U.S. Legal professional gig.

How did a man die of a fentanyl overdose in the Palm Beach County Jail?” through Hannah Winston of The Palm Seashore Publish — Within the 12 months since Travis Fletcher died of a fentanyl overdose on the Palm Seashore County Jail, investigators with the sheriff’s workplace have interviewed males who slept in the identical dormitory, corrections deputies who labored the world the place he was being held, medical employees and members of the family. Investigators know he was being handled for withdrawal signs for alcohol. Fletcher’s bunkmates stated he had been sick lately. And one dialog throughout a monitored phone name revealed that these within the jail knew he had died of an overdose earlier than a toxicology report got here again within the months after his loss of life. On Thursday, the sheriff’s workplace confirmed no deputies ever have been placed on administrative depart or below investigation for Fletcher’s loss of life.

ACLU alarmed, seeks to overturn ruling on Boynton mom filming police” through Jane Musgrave of The Palm Seashore Publish — Journalism organizations and civil rights teams are becoming a member of forces to overturn a West Palm Seashore appeals court docket resolution that they declare may block the press and the general public from videotaping police. Elevating the specter of cellphone footage that captured George Floyd’s homicide by Minneapolis police, ACLU attorneys urged the 4th District Court docket of Enchantment to rethink its resolution to uphold the arrest of a Boynton Seashore girl who turned her video digicam on cops. “It’s a profoundly disturbing resolution and opposite to a protracted line of federal court docket rulings,” stated American Civil Liberties Union legal professional Jim Inexperienced.

‘The connection of oppression’: Jacksonville schools named after colonizers still debated” through Emily Bloch of the Florida Instances-Union — In a area of the state that the Timucuan Tribe lived in and helped set up, debate continues concerning the legacy of colonizers like Andrew Jackson and Jean Ribault. This week Duval County Public Colleges launched the voting outcomes surrounding the talk to rename 9 native faculties — six with ties to the Confederacy and three with ties to the marginalization of Indigenous individuals. Voting outcomes: Duval County faculties stakeholders vote to rename 6 faculties named for Accomplice leaders. Outcomes confirmed that the neighborhood overwhelmingly wished to alter the Accomplice-tied college names, however hold Andrew Jackson Excessive College, Jean Ribault Center College and Jean Ribault Excessive College’s names.

Moffitt Cancer Center reaches construction milestone for $400M hospital” through Veronica Brezina-Smith of the Tampa Bay Enterprise Journal — On Wednesday, Moffitt leaders and native officers celebrated the ceremonial topping out for the brand new $400 million hospital on the McKinley East campus, marking the completion of the inner framework. The hospital can be a 10-story, 498,000 square-foot facility positioned on 20 acres throughout from the Richard M. Schulze Household Basis Outpatient Heart. The development for the brand new hospital began this 12 months and is deliberate to open in July 2023. The hospital is vital to Moffitt’s rising affected person pool. The most cancers heart serves sufferers from 130 nations and regionally serves each county in Florida. Over the following 10 years, Moffitt anticipates a 65% improve in affected person volumes and a 33% improve in most cancers surgical procedures.

Mandatory 10-digit dialing began Saturday throughout Panhandle, new 448 area code added” through the Pensacola Information Journal — Obligatory 10-digit dialing started Saturday as a new 448 space code is rolled out within the Panhandle to new clients, becoming a member of the 850 space code. The Florida Public Service Fee accepted the 850/448 space code overlay in November 2019. The 850/448 space code area consists of 18 counties within the Panhandle, together with the cities of Pensacola, Fort Walton Seashore, Panama Metropolis and Tallahassee. Beginning Might 22, all calls, together with native calls, should use all 10 digits when making a name, moderately than seven digits. Present and new telephone numbers served by the 850 and 448 space codes can be affected.

South Walton, ‘Birthplace of New Urbanism,’ seeks to keep unique aesthetics intact” through Jim Thompson of the Northwest Florida Every day Information — Walton County Commissioners have taken steps to make it harder to aim to alter a important element of a long-standing improvement design aesthetic within the south finish of the county. With a unanimous vote earlier this month, Commissioners established a requirement for a “supermajority” vote on the Fee earlier than any modifications might be made to a provision of the land improvement code limiting constructing heights to 50 toes within the space south of Choctawhatchee Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway from the Okaloosa County line to the Bay County line.

Quint Studer is ‘home and recovering’ after hit-and-run crash; PPD searching for black Altima” through Annie Blanks of the Pensacola Information Journal — Studer, an area philanthropist and businessman, is “residence and recovering” after being injured in a hit-and-run automotive crash in Pensacola on Saturday evening. In a press release offered to The Information Journal on Sunday, Studer stated he was driving his bike residence from the Blue Wahoos baseball sport on Saturday evening and was sporting a helmet, vest and lights when he was struck by a automotive. Studer praised the Pensacola Police Division, Ascension Sacred Coronary heart, and medics who arrived on the scene to assist, in addition to attendees of the Gulf Coast Brief Movie Pageant, who witnessed the accident firsthand. In response to the Pensacola Police Division, Studer could have been struck by a black Nissan Altima. Police are nonetheless in search of the automobile as of Sunday afternoon, which is able to probably have passenger-side injury and a lacking facet mirror.

City anti-bias official leaves position” through John Henderson of the Gainesville Solar — Teneeshia Marshall, a Black girl, stated she’s resigning as a result of she has been handled with a scarcity of respect in her job. “I’ve skilled some issues that for me have been deal breakers, professionally,” she stated in a latest interview. “Disrespect was one in every of them. Interference with my work was one other.” The Metropolis Fee accepted of an modification to Marshall’s contract that claims she’s going to resign from her workplace on Might 28 after which work as a “time-limited” worker to help with the transition within the workplace till June 30. However the Fee didn’t grant her the 20 weeks’ severance pay she had requested after she refused to signal an settlement promising to not sue the town.

Gainesville’s anti-bias officer is leaving … as a consequence of bias. Picture through WUFT.

Bartram Trail sparks outcry after female students’ yearbook photos are digitally altered” through Sheldon Gardner of the St. Augustine Document — Bartram Path Excessive College, which made headlines earlier this 12 months concerning its gown code, is below hearth as soon as once more after 80 feminine college students had their yearbook pictures edited with out their consent. The rationale? So as to add extra clothes. The controversy comes as the college is already embroiled in a debate over its dealing with of the district’s gown code, which some say is sexist and unfairly targets women. Critics stated the yearbook enhancing sends yet one more dangerous message to feminine college students.


John Legg: Something beautiful during the pandemic” through Florida Politics — This previous college 12 months, educators in any respect ranges have overcome their worry, labored with out a highway map, shed tears, and relearned educate utilizing new expertise with little to no coaching. Educators shortly tailored and moved ahead in the very best curiosity of their college students. Early on, it was clear Florida’s management was dedicated to placing college students first. The imaginative and prescient got here from DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran: college students’ academic and social wants should take priority. Sure, faculties appeared completely different — masks, social distancing, PPE, temperature checks, cellular hand-washing stations, and new techniques and processes — however college students have been welcomed again. A overwhelming majority of households selected to return to highschool in individual.

A year after George Floyd’s murder, Florida lawmakers inch toward police reform. Do more” through the Miami Herald editorial board — No argument. American policing has modified since George Floyd’s homicide a 12 months in the past this week within the fingers of Minneapolis police. Not almost sufficient, in fact. However the tragedy bought consideration in excessive locations, the place it had been lacking. In Florida, departments from Miami and Miami-Dade to Jacksonville to the Panhandle have confronted calls of defunding the police, of the firing of the unhealthy apples, or heightened accountability. That’s good. However now we want higher.


“‘Isn’t it time we moved on?’” through Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Tampa Bay Instances — You didn’t see what you thought you noticed. You bought it fallacious; you misunderstood. Your reminiscence is enjoying methods. However who can blame you? It was so way back. We’re speaking method again on Jan 6. That’s 4 complete months. Weren’t the so-called insurrectionists actually simply vacationers submitting peaceably by means of the halls of presidency, often pausing to take footage and admire the statuary? Certain they have been. Should you don’t imagine it, ask Rep. Andrew Clyde. “Should you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth,” he stated lately, “you’d truly suppose it was a standard vacationer go to.” And he’s not the one one.

Biden’s Iran deal will weaken U.S. national security” through Mike Waltz for the Nationwide Curiosity — For weeks, the Biden administration and the Iranian regime have been negotiating the phrases of their mutual return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Complete Plan of Motion). Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed, “nearly all the primary sanctions have been eliminated.” If that’s true, it could be epic negotiating malpractice and an indefensible give up of nationwide safety. The Trump administration’s “most strain” marketing campaign has introduced the regime in Tehran to the weakest level because the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Greater than twenty nations that have been as soon as common oil clients of Iran have zeroed out their imports. A couple of hundred firms have exited the Iranian market, taking with them billions of {dollars} in funding.

Shame on secretive Senators for hiding gambling intentions” through the South Florida Solar-Sentinel editorial board — The brand new playing deal between Florida and the Seminole Tribe is for 30 years. However it was performed too hurriedly and rushed to passage in a three-day particular session tarnished by a scarcity of transparency over one thing as fundamental as Senators’ personal phrases. However Senators refused to permit their dialogue of the implications of extra playing to be made a part of the official proceedings within the Senate journal. Pretending it by no means occurred, Republicans voted down a Democratic request that questions and solutions in regards to the Compact be transcribed and added to the Senate document. The shameful secrecy means that Republicans know they’re on shaky authorized floor. Such utter disregard for transparency is an insult to Floridians and extra proof of the vanity that permeates one-party management in Tallahassee.

The Legislature creates a direct path for more political cronyism” through the Tampa Bay Instances editorial board — Initially, the Seminole Compact contained a provision that legislators couldn’t serve on the Gaming Fee for 2 years after they left the Legislature, a wise transfer to chop down on apparent political patronage. So, in fact, the Legislature took out that half. Sen. Jeff Brandes voted towards the Playing Compact and rightly acknowledged the apparent look drawback with permitting lawmakers to so shortly be part of the Gaming Management Fee. “Shouldn’t we now have a bit distance between the final PAC verify and your subsequent vote on the Fee?” Sure, they need to. However now they received’t.

Michael A. McRobbie, John Thrasher: Time is now to boldly invest in America’s scientific enterprise” through Florida Politics — The “Countless Frontier Act” would authorize $110 billion in federal funding in scientific packages and rising applied sciences important to our financial competitiveness and nationwide safety. The Act would additionally broaden the Nationwide Science Basis by means of a brand new “directorate” inside the group to advance analysis and improvement in a number of key technological fields, together with synthetic intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, superior communications, biotechnology and superior vitality sources. Such dramatic new funding in analysis, schooling and coaching, entrepreneurship, and expertise switch guarantees to unfold the bounty of massive tech past Silicon Valley to the opposite key areas of the U.S., the place expert workforces and first-rate analysis establishments like Florida State College and Indiana College are poised to construct the industries of the long run.


Florida TaxWatch is releasing its annual listing of legislative tasks that in some way made their method into the brand new funds with out following the standard process. It’s referred to as the “Turkey Listing” and TaxWatch can be recommending that the Governor use his line-item veto energy to hunt them down.

Additionally, on as we speak’s Dawn:

— Gov. DeSantis indicators the invoice creating three gross sales tax holidays over the following two months. Together with the standard tax breaks for hurricane provides and back-to-school provides, there’s one thing new this 12 months.

— “Freedom Week” consists of the Fourth of July. The hurricane preparedness tax break begins Friday and simply in time as a result of there’s already a storm on the market earlier than the official begin of the season. Florida’s new emergency administration boss says that is turning into the rule moderately than the exception.

— Chief Monetary Officer Jimmy Patronis says when you don’t fill up in the course of the tax vacation, you may remorse it. We are able to at all times rely on the CFO to get to the underside line.

— Regardless of all the assistance wished indicators throughout the state, Florida’s unemployment price elevated barely in April to 4.8%. Florida added nearly 17,000 new jobs in April, however the workforce grew by 73,000 as extra individuals went in search of work … so the jobless price went up.

— The rise of social media and the decline of conventional media has created a completely new world. Orlando Public Relations knowledgeable Alex Armentano calls this the age of misinformation and he says we don’t appear to belief anybody anymore.

— Armentano shares three easy guidelines for countering misinformation and disinformation within the trendy period.

— And at last, a Florida Man discovered greater than one million {dollars} of cocaine floating within the Keys and a Florida Girl led deputies and troopers on a high-speed chase in a stolen Caddy — whereas bare.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival helps hurting restaurants” through Kelli Kennedy of The Related Press — A few of the largest movie star cooks are in Miami this weekend for the annual South Seashore Wine & Meals Pageant, together with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Martha Stewart. However behind the glamour and personal dinners that may promote for as a lot as $500 a ticket, the pageant has been quietly working behind the scenes to assist eating places struggling in the course of the pandemic. As eating places laid off employees and closed up store, pageant creator Lee Brian Schrager jumped into motion to assist his cooks and servers. The pageant partnered with Florida Worldwide College’s Chaplin College Hospitality to create a aid fundraising $1.6 million that went on to unemployed cooks, servers, dishwashers and different employees at over 500 eating places and bars throughout South Florida.

The South Seashore Meals & Wine Pageant is coming to the help of struggling eateries. Picture through Go to Miami.

Gold Coast Eagle hosts job fair for restaurant, hospitality industry” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — Even in a rebounding post-pandemic financial system, Florida eating places are dealing with staffing shortages. However a Florida Restaurant and Lodging Affiliation occasion within the Sarasota space aimed to alter that. Hosted by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Sarasota, the Might 18 occasion supposed to attach these in search of work with employers in determined want of staff. Gold Coast Coast Proprietor and CEO John Saputo stated that it’s essential to get a important trade hit onerous by the pandemic again on its toes. “Proper now, tourism is booming at this specific level,” Saputo stated, “however they’ll’t discover sufficient individuals.” The scarcity of restaurant and retail staff has triggered alarm, with some companies providing signing bonuses and even stipends simply to indicate up for interviews.

Theme parks aim to keep visitors safe — and screaming” through Andrea Sachs of The Washington Publish — As luck would have it, the COVID-19 threat degree at theme parks is pretty low, particularly if most attendees are vaccinated. The majority of sights are exterior and in fixed movement, so air is at all times flowing. Most high-adrenaline rides final mere minutes, which limits publicity to strangers. Plus, the chance of partaking in a protracted dialog whereas the other way up is low. Although queues might be prolonged, most boarding areas are open to the weather. To remain protected, Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the committee on infectious ailments for the American Academy of Pediatrics, stated unvaccinated thrill-seekers ought to restrict their time indoors. Guests also needs to verify the optimistic case price and prevalence of variants within the park’s area. However in any other case, he stated, “We must always begin doing issues we didn’t do final summer time, and a theme park is an inexpensive thought.”


Belated completely happy birthday needs to our buddies, Dane Eagle and Eileen Stuart, in addition to Sen. Ana Maria RodriguezSam ArdJordan Raynor, Kevin Reilly, and Caleb Spencer. Celebrating as we speak is the Chris Bosh of the Florida lobbying corps, Rob Johnson of The Mayernick Group. He runs with two all-stars, Tracy and Frank Mayernick, who could also be larger names, however even they’ll let you know the staff wouldn’t be the identical with out their third star. So completely happy birthday to Rob, a terrific dad, husband, and good friend — and an all-star in his personal proper. Additionally celebrating as we speak is Zach Colletti.


Sunburn is authored and assembled by Peter SchorschPhil AmmannRenzo Downey and Drew Wilson.

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