Wednesday’s Daily Pulse – Florida Trend


DeSantis offers a package of new tax breaks

Armed with a $20 billion surplus — supplemented by federal stimulus funds from the COVID-19 crisis — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants lawmakers to pass another significant tax cut plan next year, which will , he says, will save families $1.1 billion. The proposal largely seeks to eliminate sales tax on baby and toddler items, including diapers, toys, cribs, strollers and children’s books. More Florda Politics, the Florida Press Serviceand Business Intern.

Florida COVID update: How decline in virus spread affects new cases, patients

What is the COVID-19 situation in Florida? Over the past seven days, the state has added 2,767 cases and 56 deaths per day, on average, according to Miami Herald calculations from data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past three weeks, an average of 145 fewer cases have been recorded each day across the state, showing a decrease in the number of new cases. [Source: Bradenton Herald]

Third consecutive La Niña could bring more hurricanes

Meteorologists predict that current La Niña conditions will persist this year for a third straight winter, a situation that typically results in a more active late hurricane season followed by a dry, warm fall and winter across Florida. La Niña is the popular name for a phase of what meteorologists call “El Niño-Southern Oscillation,” or ENSO, a recurring pattern of relatively warmer and cooler surface water temperatures in central and eastern the Pacific Ocean. El Niño is the hottest period and La Niña is the coldest period. [Source: FSU News]

Second payment to company hired for migrant flights appears in Florida financial records

Florida State Financial Office online records show another payment to the private airline contracted to fly Venezuelan asylum seekers from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. According to the website of Florida chief financial officer Jimmy Patronis, an invoice from supplier Vertol Systems Company Inc was paid on September 8 for two flights that raised questions about the legality of state spending related to the relocation of immigrants. The theft cost $615,000. On Monday, September 19, another invoice – this time for $950,000 – appeared in the controller’s vendor payment records. More FOX News 13 and WTSP.

Is gas cheaper in Orlando or Miami? Use this interactive map to compare prices in Florida

Is gas in the Miami area more expensive than in the rest of Florida? What about prices in other tourist areas like Orlando? Gas prices continue to plunge in the state and the country. But they can vary across Florida. Keep in mind that gas prices vary even in a specific region like South Florida, where the posted price may be 20 cents cheaper at one station than the next a few miles away. [Source: Miami Herald]


› Vacancy on the Statewide Judicial Appointments Committee
The State Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges is seeking an attorney from the 5th Appellate District, which includes the 4th Judicial Circuit, to serve the remainder of a four-year term beginning Jan. 1. Applicants must be members of the Florida Bar and engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before a compensation claims judge more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, according to state law.

› Central Florida business owners with ties to Puerto Rico respond to Hurricane Fiona
Jose Joubert Torres, owner and chef of Maguro Sushi, moved to Orlando five years ago when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. “There are people losing their homes, losing their jobs, losing their cars,” he said. He had just opened a restaurant in Puerto Rico and his wife was about to give birth when Hurricane Maria made landfall. What was supposed to be a temporary stay turned into a permanent stay.

› Citizens Insurance up to 1.055 million policies
The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. added about 8,000 policies last week, bringing its total to 1,055,366 on Friday, according to newly released data. The additional policies continued the massive growth of Citizens, which was established as an insurer of last resort. Homeowners flocked to citizens as private insurers dropped policies amid financial losses.

› Monkeypox cases slow in Florida as vaccine supply improves
Monkeypox cases are slowing in Florida and vaccine supplies have improved in Tampa Bay, health officials say. More and more people have also become eligible for the injections. “I’m much more relaxed about where we’re going with monkeypox,” said Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University in Miami. “We’re starting to put a lid on this thing.”

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