South Florida will welcome hundreds of Afghan refugees

Refugees Afghanistan – Courtesy: Idaho News 6 – Image by Scripps National The Sunshine State is set to become a safe haven for a large group of refugees fleeing Afghanistan. Kristen Bloom is the Founder and Executive Director of Refugee Assistance Alliance, an organization that aids refugee families once they are settled in South Florida.

Florida will begin enforcing $5,000 fine for seeking COVID vaccine proof

Vaccine Card – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by vovidzha According to a Department of Health rule issued last Friday, Florida will begin to issue $5,000 fines to schools, businesses, and government agencies that require visitors or customers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that

Florida sports betting plan faces second legal challenge

Sports Betting Board – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Tino Bandito TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Stepping it up in the courts, two pari-mutuel facilities have filed a second federal lawsuit challenging Governor Ron DeSantis’ 30-year gambling agreement that gives the Seminole Tribe control over sports betting in Florida. The latest legal challenge was filed Monday, in

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act has been signed at Disney Wilderness Preserve

Aerial View of Florida Everglades at Sunset Hour – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by ocudrone POINCIANA, Fla. – Recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act into law in Poinciana. The governor signed SB 976 at the Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve at 2700 Scrub Jay Trail.  The legislation guides the Florida

Judge grants Norwegian Cruise Line’s wish to require covid vaccination for passengers in Florida

Cruise Ship Entrance from Miami Port – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Mia2you A federal judge has ruled that Norwegian Cruise Line can now make it a requirement for passengers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination before boarding any of its ships. This is a blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ law that prohibited

As COVID concerns continue to grow in South Florida, two universities are requiring faculty and staff to get the vaccine

Donna E. Shalala Student Center University of Miami Campus – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by YES Market Media Nova Southeastern University has now joined the University of Miami in requiring both faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. NSU is requiring all faculty and staff, full and part-time, adjunct faculty, and temporary employees to

High COVID-19 cases call for universal masking in Florida schools

Ready to go to School – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Volurol Districts are sticking with their plans to return to in-person learning, but some school mask rules may be subject to change.  In the last week, the state of Florida has reported more than 73,000 COVID-19 infections. This is the highest number of cases

Surfside condo collapse victims and families will receive $150M in compensation initially, judge says

Scene Near Champlain Towers – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Felix Mizioznikov A Florida judge has announced that victims and families who suffered losses from the devastating condo collapse in Surfside, Florida will receive a minimum of $150 million to start. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hazman stated that the sum is a total of about

Gainesville May Legalize Public Alcohol Drinking

Gainesville, Florida, USA Downtown Cityscape – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Sean Pavone Home to the University of Florida, Gainesville may begin to allow people to drink from open containers in public places legally, such as sidewalks. Reports state that the city commission is planning a vote on late Monday evening on whether to allow

South Florida boaters warned not to take part in flotilla to Cuba

Support of Protestors in Cuba – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Fernando Media MIAMI, Fla. – With several reports of South Florida boaters planning to set sail and travel to Cuba in an attempt to show support for the protests going on, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning sailors to think twice about