Florida is short more than 5,000 teachers — A combination of the pandemic and low pay are to blame

School Teachers – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Drazen Zigic The Florida teacher shortage has worsened since the beginning of the new school year, with teacher vacancies surging to more than 5,000 according to data collected from the Florida Education Association. According to FEA President Adam Spar, there are also 4,000 openings for other school

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

Key West’s famous Fantasy Fest parade canceled over COVID, but some events will remain

Start of Key West Fantasy Fest – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Chuck Wagner Fantasy Fest, the biggest annual event by far in the tourist-heavy Key West, will stay on the calendar but its events have been whittled down.  The event’s organizers said on Monday that the parade and street fair will not happen this

Walt Disney World resumes selling annual passes with new options

Cinderella’s Castle Magic Kingdom – Courtesy: clickorlando.com – Image by Matt Bagsic During the COVID-19 pandemic, Walt Disney World stopped selling new annual passes to limit the number of guests at the parks. In early August, Disney officials announced that passes would resume but did not give a specific date.  The good news is that

More than 10,000 students in Hillsborough County isolated or quarantined a week into new school year

COVID-19 Quarantine – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Halfpoint Just a week into the 2021-2022 school year, over 10,000 students and staff in the Hillsborough County Public Schools district have been either quarantined or isolated as districts throughout the entire state struggle throughout the fight against COVID-19. With more than 213,000 students, Hillsborough is the

As 2021-2022 school year kicks off, Florida continues to roll out $1,000 bonuses to teachers & principals

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis School – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by YES Market Media ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As several Florida educators remain waiting or have received their $1,000 bonuses, Gov. Ron DeSantis made a quick stop at a school in St. Petersburg to hand-deliver checks to teachers. DeSantis was joined by Florida Department of

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

Florida Panthers announce 2021-2022 schedule that features 82 games, long road trips, and an Olympics break

Aerial View on BB&T Center – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by YES Market Media The Florida Panthers will play a 2021-2022 schedule that feels closer to normal than the past two seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Florida is officially 84 days away from playing regular-season hockey once again, with a surprise visit from the Pittsburgh