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Environmentalists laud approval of 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions
Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration have approved 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions totaling more than 17,000 acres to preserve wildlife and natural habitats.
DeSantis vetoes new congressional districts, orders Legislature to try again
The governor acted shortly after the Legislature sent him SB 102, containing its congressional redistricting map, on Tuesday morning.
State Parks Director praises Wekiwa Springs' new Serenity Garden
The Serenity Garden will be a one-acre “park within a park” where people of all ages and abilities may experience and enjoy nature.
Florida unveils its newest specialty license plate
The Florida State Parks specialty plate is the first plate from the 2021 Legislative Session to meet all design, development, manufacturing, and presale requirements established to begin the distribution process.
USDA approves Florida’s disaster designation request for counties impacted by January freeze
Coupled with sub-freezing temperatures and a persistent disease infecting citrus trees, Florida citrus growers have been fighting a battle on two fronts.
Reducing net-metering guts rooftop solar in Florida
Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state.

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How a hurricane fueled wildfires in the Florida Panhandle
We asked University of Florida fire ecologist David Godwin, who co-leads the Southern Fire Exchange, to explain the role the hurricane played in wildfires that forced over 1,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Youth offenders and the collateral damages of an arrest record; Lawmakers approve changes
State lawmakers have approved a bill this session that would allow juveniles to get into diversion programs if they have not been charged with “forcible felonies".
FLHSMV and public safety partners launch Never Drive Impaired Campaign
The Never Drive Impaired campaign’s messaging tackles the common misconceptions many have when it comes to impairment behind the wheel.
Report: Florida children in jeopardy of becoming uninsured
The report said 2.9 million children could re-enroll in public health programs if they lose coverage, but about 3.8 million would have to find other insurance coverage or become uninsured.
More Than $1 billion in rental and utility assistance distributed through DCF to nearly 185,000 households
The program was launched May 10, 2021, with nearly $800 million available to provide relief to families and property owners for those behind on rent and utility payments.
Demings leads effort to support Disaster Housing Assistance Program
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) introduced a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the Disaster Housing Assistance Program.
Moving to Florida? Get ready to pay up
From 2015 to 2019, the average annual rent growth across major markets was 3.5% — but in 2021 it was 13%, and in some Florida cities it was as high as 30% or more.
Educators statewide invited to apply for free Florida Forestry Teachers Tour
The annual tour brings educators from throughout the state to Northeast Florida for an inside look at the state’s largest agricultural commodity.
AAA: Florida gas prices reach new multi-year highs
The US price for crude oil settled above $90 a barrel for the first time since October 2014. Friday's settlement of $92.1 per barrel is $5.49 more than the week before, and $7.66 more than last year's high. 
Live Vape Free program helps teens quit e-cigs
Tobacco Free Florida introduced Live Vape Free, a first-ever program designed to help teens quit nicotine and empowers adults to support teens who want to quit.  
Hit-and-Run crashes on Florida roads rise in 2021
February is Hit-and-Run Awareness Month in Florida, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are leading the …
Advocates urge additional funding for Florida homecare workers
For Medicaid recipients in Florida, however, home-based care can be difficult to find because of long waiting lists and high turnover among underpaid homecare workers.
Feds approve Florida's delayed COVID plan for schools
The approval came after months of delays. Florida and other states were supposed to submit a COVID plan for schools by June 7th, but Florida didn’t get its plan in until October 6th... well into the new school year.
Orange County Health Department director placed on administrative leave
Dr. Raul Pino, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has been placed on administrative leave by the Florida Department of Health while it investigates an email Pino sent to employees about the department's low percentage of staff that is vaccinated for COVID-19.
Everglades receives $1.1 billion from Infrastructure Bill
The funding allocated to the U.S. Army Corps will allow already planned projects under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan to be expedited, hastening the completion of Everglades Restoration.