Disney halts vaccine mandate after Florida’s ban

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Jerome Labouyrie The Walt Disney Company has put a halt to its coronavirus vaccine mandate for employees of its Florida theme park after the State Legislature and governor made it illegal for employers to require all workers to get vaccinated, a company spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

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 “transitioning into next phase of COVID-19 response” will no longer report daily Coronavirus data

Reported Cases logging chart – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Cryptographer Florida will no longer publish daily COVID-19 case data moving forward and will transition to reporting weekly data as part of a “next phase.” According to a recent statement from the Florida Department of Health, “As vaccinations increase and new case positivity rate decreases,

Clearwater’s long-awaited Coachman Park renovation postponed due to increased construction costs

Imagine Clearwater Rendering – Courtesy: myclearwater.com The City of Clearwater will have to wait a bit longer before it can enjoy a pending renovation in the city’s downtown Coachman Park. Imagine Clearwater is a futuristic vision for the city, but the long-awaited revamp will have to wait due to increased construction costs. A $64 million

Florida becomes the latest state to approve Alcohol To-Go Sales

To-go Delivery Photo – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Twinsterphoto Food to go has been a popular choice for diners who wanted to skip the in-restaurant experience or preferred to eat at home for decades. And it only became more popular during the pandemic due to restaurant closures, curfews, and sanitary concerns. Now, to-go eaters

Florida comes in second to only Hawaii for 2021 summer ‘Dream Destination’

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by icemanphotos It seems like traveling is a top priority on many Americans’ wish list this upcoming summer season.  Because last year canceled millions of plans for domestic and international travel due to pandemic closures, the travel bug is hitting even harder this time around, causing plans to find the next

Miami-Dade County set to lift months-long Midnight Curfew next week

COVID-19 Curfew sign Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Adam Calaitzis Despite Florida being the second-most “open-state” during the pandemic, there are still regulations in place whether people choose to believe it or not. Take Miami-Dade County, for example. There has been no shortage of the South Florida community gracing headlines for the antics and chaos

Memorial Day tradition returns to South Florida with Air & Sea Show

Airplanes on airshow. Aerobatic team performs flight at air show – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Lucian BOLCA A small sense of pre-pandemic outings is making a return to one of South Florida’s busiest beaches. After being sidelined in 2020 due to health protocols and the roaring surge in COVID-19 cases, the popular Hyundai Air

Florida will get long-awaited UFC return in front of a “full crowd” in Jacksonville

UFC Champion Belt – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Andre Luiz Moreira Ever since the pandemic shut down virtually everything across the world last March, nothing has really been able to get back to full-strength. Small businesses are still struggling to gain their footing, restaurants are not seeing the volume they used to, and some

Applicable online sales tax bill moves forward in Florida House

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by create jobs 51 Floridians may soon have to pay up when they purchase goods online from out-of-state retailers. Residents in the Sunshine State have long been spoiled ever since the transition to buying online became more mainstream. The perks of buying goods online are endless: avoiding waiting in line, not