Major Central Florida Construction Projects Continue Despite COVID-19 Concerns

A view of Interstate 4 construction, looking south toward the skyline of downtown Orlando as seen from the Maitland Blvd. overpass, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) has decided to move forward with three mega-construction jobs worth many billions of dollars despite the coronavirus outbreak stalling Central Florida’s

What You Should Know About Prison (Florida Edition)

Barbed-wire fence at Dade County Men’s Correctional Facility, Florida, USA. Photo: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com About 96,000 prisoners are serving time in facilities around the state About 10% of prisoners in Florida are housed in privately-run facilities Most corrections’ dollars go toward guards and health care costs at prisons. Florida’s prisons are clustered mostly in North Florida.

Florida Battles Blue-Green Algae Blooms by Passing New Bill

Cyanobacteria, blue-green algae. Photo: kelseyny/Shutterstock.com Let’s take a moment to get away from Coronavirus news and inform ourselves of what is going on with legislation, law and regulations in the state of Florida.  The Florida Legislature is trying to combat a menace to our environment and to Florida residents that many may not know can

New Toll Roads Are Coming to Florida This Legislative Session

Sunpass holders go through an express lane at the entrance of Sanibel Island in Lee County, Florida, United States on January 15, 2018. Photo: EQRoy/Shutterstock.com Lawmakers in Tallahassee have decided to revisit an approved bill from last year (Senate Bill 7068). The bill has to do with a questionable plan to build more than 300

Florida Legislature to Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination for Disabled Individuals

Photo: VGStockstudio/Shutterstock.com A national trend among 12 states is paving the way for new legislation that benefits disabled people who may need organ transplants. California, Maryland and New Jersey already have legislation that benefits people with said disabilities – physical and mental, according to the New York-based National Down Syndrome Society. About 112,500 people in

Florida Lawmakers Seeking to Ban Local Regulations of Airbnbs

State of Florida Capitol Building and the entrance for legislators in Tallahassee, Florida, United States on February 21, 2018. Photo: KMH Photovideo/Shutterstock.com Vacation rental companies like Airbnb support prohibiting local rental regulations. There are communities with large numbers of rentals, however, that oppose the bill. Florida cities and counties have fought state legislation from imposing

New Bill Could Spell a Building Boom in the Florida Keys

Aerial view of Key West, FL, United States. Photo Credit: Nenad Basic/Shutterstock.com A new bill introduced by a state lawmaker from Naples aims to create a building boom for the archipelago area of the state. An amendment slipped into a House bill this week seeks to extend the hurricane evacuation time from 24 hours to

$100 Million Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration Project Gets Approved

Photo Credit: K Grif/ Shutterstock The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are ready to restore nearly 3 million square feet of the Florida Reef Tract thanks to an intent to raise almost $100 million to restore seven coral reef sites off the Florida Keys. This is one

The Spread of Hepatitis A Is Under Control, Say Florida Health Officials

Thanks to efforts for vaccination and education, the Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees says the spread of hepatitis A is being slowed down to a controllable pace here in Florida. A declaration of public health emergency due to the rapid spread of the disease last August sent the Department of Health in Florida and the