Florida

A Governor Declares Dec. 23 a Holiday for State Employees

"This is just another way to show our appreciation to our dedicated state workers," the state chief executive said.

Florida Prosecutors Reach Deal With Former State Worker Charged With Computer Crime

Rebekah Jones drew national headlines when she said Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration manipulated Covid data, an allegation that remains unsubstantiated. She was later charged with illegally accessing a state computer system.

DeSantis Dominates in Winning Second Term

The Florida governor's victory comes as questions swirl around whether he'll run for president in 2024.

How Hurricane Ian and Other Disasters Are Becoming a Growing Source of Inequality

COMMENTARY | It's an issue even among the middle class, experts say.

'We've Never Seen a Flood Event Like This': Ian's Devastating Hit to Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis described "historic" damage to parts of the state from the hurricane, which made landfall with winds around 150 mph and caused massive flooding.

Florida Insurers Temporarily Blocked from Dropping Policies as Hurricane Ian Slams State

The state's property insurance market was facing troubles before the storm.

3 Reasons Hurricane Ian Poses a Major Flooding Hazard for Florida

COMMENTARY | A meteorologist explains why the looming storm could be especially dangerous for the state's Gulf Coast.

Florida Elected Official Still Serves Although She Lives in Georgia

A Hollywood city commissioner bought a house out of state to care for her ill daughter and mainly resides there, carrying out her duties and attending meetings remotely.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Touts Teacher Proposals Amid Statewide Shortage

The governor teased legislation aimed at recruiting retired law-enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters who have bachelor’s degrees.

What They Do For Fun: The Hobbies of Florida Lawmakers

Poker, extreme sports and 'wolf spider husbandry' are among the ways they spend their time away from the Legislature.

Power to the Parents: The Homegrown Conservative Movement Going After School Board Seats Across Florida

From school board races to textbook reviews, the parental empowerment movement is on the rise in the state.

Can't Get There From Here: The Missing Middle Along Florida's Coast-to-Coast Trail

Bicyclists tell of having to ride along busy highways as officials say an unfinished segment may be years more in the making.

The New Yorkers Who Moved to Florida

A roundup of celebrities and politicians who headed south to the Sunshine State.

Rents and Home Prices Are Blowing Up in Florida's Miami-Dade County

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has declared a rent emergency, as middle and working class families are hardest hit.

Florida Republicans' Row With Disney Highlights Widening Gap Between GOP and Corporate America

COMMENTARY | It's only the latest example of the GOP being at odds with a company that has historically backed the party.

States With the Most Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl overdose deaths are rapidly increasing in the U.S., more than doubling in the past two years in 30 states, according to a new report.

Best Places for Winter Outdoor Activities

A new list from Outside magazine recommends some of the nation’s top spots for a winter vacation.

Infrastructure Update: Proposals Emerge Calling For Gas Tax Cuts

Florida's governor is backing the idea of suspending his state's gas tax for six months.

The Best and Worst Cities to Retire Are Surprising

Orlando, Florida tops the list for best cities to retire while San Bernardino, California comes in last, according to a report.

To Pay or Not to Pay? What Citizens Think Governments Should Do When Responding to Ransomware Attacks

COMMENTARY | Although some local governments have paid ransoms when under cyberattack, residents oppose this approach.