Tuesday - September 22, 2020
State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 118 items )  

Alabama Gov. Ivey Approves Alabama National Guard to Send Up to 50 Support Personnel to Florida as Needed
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, Aug. 30 -- Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Governor Kay Ivey on Friday, ahead of Hurricane Dorian, announced that she has approved the Alabama National Guard to send up to 50 support personnel to Florida, should the need arise. "Alabamians believe in neighbors helping neighbors, and we stand ready to support the Floridians however we can," Governor Ivey said. "Alabama is familiar with severe weather and the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Pr  more

Broward County Public Schools: Forest Glen Middle School Receives 2019 Best of Coral Springs Award
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: Congratulations to Forest Glen Middle School for being selected for the 2019 Best of Coral Springs Award in the Middle School category by the Coral Springs Award Program. Each year, the Coral Springs Award Program identifies honorees it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. The award recognizes and honors local companies that enhan  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: In accordance with Carnival Corporation & plc's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) previously announced Share Repurchase Programme, Carnival Corporation & plc announces that Carnival plc has purchased: Shares purchased: Carnival plc ordinary USD 1.66 shares Date of purchase: 23 August 2019 Number of shares purchased: 100,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3557.0 pence Lowest price paid per share  more

Cigna Foundation Helps Expand Trauma Counseling Services With $136,000 Grant to Pace Center for Girls
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Cigna, a health service company, issued the following news release: The Cigna Foundation announced a $136,000 grant to Pace Center for Girls Broward, a Florida nonprofit organization that provides girls with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The purpose of Pace is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependence in a safe and nurturi  more

Cigna, Express Scripts Implement Emergency Procedures for People Affected by Hurricane Dorian
BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut, Aug. 30 -- Cigna, a health service company, issued the following news release: Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) and its Express Scripts unit are helping residents of Florida affected by Hurricane Dorian by easing some health benefits plan and prescription requirements, and expanding access to a toll-free help line. Cigna and Express Scripts will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps to help our customers as needed, in concert with em  more

Cirque Du Soleil and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Announce Tickets are on Sale Now for New Show Coming to Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 25 -- Disney World issued the following news release: Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products have announced tickets are on sale for the highly anticipated new show coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The yet-to-be-named production, a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will open for previews March 20, 2020, and officially premiere A  more

Crowley Fuels Plans New Articulated Tug-Barge for Enhanced Western Alaska Services
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Crowley Maritime, a provider of marine solutions, energy and logistics services, issued the following news release: Crowley Fuels has signed construction contracts to build a 55,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB) that is specifically designed to serve the Western Alaska market with delivery of clean fuel products. The 410-foot ATB will have enhanced performance features for the demanding river and sea conditions of Western Alaska. The area depends on safe  more

Daytona Beach International Airport: American Airlines Announces Continuation of New York Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Daytona Beach International Airport issued the following news release: After the success of new seasonal, summer service between Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), American Airlines announced the non-stop service will continue. "We're thrilled that American will continue to provide service to the New York market and look forward to other possible growth opportunities in the future," said Airport Director Rick Karl. Aft  more

Daytona Beach International Airport: Rolling 12-month Passenger Traffic Up 1.5%
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Daytona Beach International Airport issued the following news release: For the 12 months ending July 31, total passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) increased 1.5%, with 735,434 passengers traveling through the county-operated airport last year compared to 746,587 passengers this year. Passenger traffic at DAB decreased 8.7% for July in comparison with the same month last year. * During the month 60,388 passengers flew in or out o  more

Delmarva Power Crews to Aid in Hurricane Dorian Recovery
NEWARK, Delaware, Aug. 30 -- Delmarva Power issued the following news release: Delmarva Power is sending crews, equipment and expertise to Florida to repair damage and help restore energy service to customers who could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. More than 140 Delmarva Power employees and contractors are heading south as part of mutual assistance networks coordinating recovery efforts. "Energy companies from across the country have supported our responses to major storms here, and we are   more

Disney Cruise Line Reveals First Details on Newest Ship, New Bahamas Destination at World's Largest Disney Fan Event
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 25 -- The Disney Cruise Lines issued the following news release: At the D23 Expo today, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed the highly anticipated name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, as well as a first look at the ship's elegant, three-story atrium and the iconic Disney character that will adorn the ship's stern. Chapek and Imagineer Joe Rohde also shared new details about plans for a second island destination for Disney Cruise Line   more

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek Reveals the Next Generation of Storytelling at Disney Parks
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 25 -- Disney World issued the following news release: Today at D23 Expo 2019, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled details on how Disney is bringing the next generation of immersive storytelling to life. Chapek welcomed thousands of fans as he shared more about the ambitious plans in store for one of the most extraordinary periods of expansion in Disney history. From Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser andthe timeless transformation of  more

Disney World: Research and Inspiration for Star Wars-Galaxy's Edge
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Disney World issued the following news release: Walt Disney Imagineering designed Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to be the definitive Star Wars experience, where everything in the land is authentic to that famous galaxy far, far away. Inspiration for the planet Batuu and its Black Spire Outpost came from all manner of sources, including film sets, archival documents, real-world locales and more. * The architecture of Black Spire Outpost is anchored by strong geo  more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: New Drone Study to Help Farmers Brace for Climate Change
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 29 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: Farmers facing the threat of extreme hurricanes and other destructive weather events will soon have sophisticated new tools at their disposal to help mitigate and recover from their effects, thanks to a research grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University associate professor of Aeronautical Science Kevin Adkins. The rese  more

Eminent Scientist, National Academy Member to Join Florida State University Faculty
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Florida State University issued the following news: An esteemed evolutionary biologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences is joining the Florida State University faculty. Steven Stanley will join FSU's Department of Biological Science where he will collaborate with several different researchers on projects ranging from dinosaur evolution to the intricacies of gastropods. He also will mentor younger faculty members who are building their research age  more

Escambia County: Marine Advisory Committee Seeks Public Input on Design for Galvez Boat Ramp
PENSACOLA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Escambia County issued the following news: The public is invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Escambia County Marine Advisory Committee Monday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. to provide input on the design for the Galvez Public Boat Ramp Improvement Project. The meeting will be held at the Escambia County Central Office Complex, located at 3363 West Park Place, room 104. Topics to be discussed at the meeting include parking, traffic flow, launching ramps and docks, s  more

Fla. Democratic Party Ramps Up Ground Game
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: The Florida Democratic Party is gearing up for 2020 with the announcement of 10 new organizers starting this week and plans to onboard over 50 new organizers by the end of the year as the party builds the grassroots army needed for victory in 2020. On August 26, the Florida Democratic Party announced it was ramping up its organizing and voter registration effort with the addition of 10 new field organizers  more

Florida A.G. Moody Activates Price Gouging Hotline
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today activated Florida's Price Gouging Hotline for consumers in multiple Florida counties. The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian. Florida's Price Gouging Law only applies within the area of the declared state of emergency. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "Florid  more

Florida A.G. Moody Extends Price Gouging Hotline Statewide
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today extended Florida's Price Gouging Hotline for consumers in all 67 Florida counties. The Attorney General activated the hotline on Wednesday and today, is extending the hotline to all counties in Florida. This action comes after Governor Ron DeSantis expanded the state of emergency for the entire state. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "The state of eme  more

Florida A.G. Moody Names Appointments to Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody today appointed three Floridians to the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Attorney General Moody's appointees are former-Representative Jim Boyd, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma and CEO of DACCO Behavior Health Mary Lynn Ulrey. Attorney General Moody serves as Chair of the task force established earlier this year through an Executive Order by Governor   more

Florida A.G. Moody Urges FCC to Strengthen Efforts to Stop Robocalls
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging the Federal Communications Commission to encourage telecom companies to implement call blocking and to require call authentication solutions that would protect consumers from illegal robocalls and spoofing. The request comes days after Attorney General Moody and a bipartisan public-private coalition of 51 attorneys general and twelve phone companies u  more

Florida Agriculture Department Commissioner Fried Issues Statement on Announcement to Shift FEMA Funds for Immigrant Detention
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following statement by Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried: As the Trump Administration announced it will shift $155 million from FEMA to fund immigrant detention, and as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida as a potentially major storm. "The President must be out of his mind if he thinks it's a good idea to shift funds out of FEMA for immigrant detention at the border while a potential Catego  more

Florida Atlantic University Ph..D Project to Create First Online Comanche Dictionary
BOCA RATON, Florida, Aug. 27 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Florida Atlantic University Ph.D. student Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner, D.M.A. (Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache descent), spent a week at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in August as part of the Smithsonian's "Recovering Voices Community Research Program." Briner led an eight-person team to work with written and recorded Comanch  more

Florida Atlantic University: 'Dream Team' Awarded $1.1 Million for Blind Mexican Cavefish Research
BOCA RATON, Florida, Aug. 30 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: How is it that a fish that lived in difficult to access caves in rural Mexico is becoming a leading model to study diabetes, insomnia, and obesity? It's all about this tiny, translucent, cave-dwelling fish that lost its eyes to evolution and a "dream team" of young scientists who have joined forces to revolutionize this model  more

Florida Atlantic University: Scientist Lands $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Tissue Engineering Approach
BOCA RATON, Florida, Aug. 29 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: The prevalence of eye disease in the United States is staggering, despite major advances in treatment options and surgeries. According to the National Eye Institute, 2.1 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration, 2.7 million have glaucoma, and 24 million have cataracts. By 2030, 34 million Americans will have ca  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Aug. 30
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: Hurricane Dorian is headed in our direction, and Floridians need to prepare now. If you haven't already, stock up on food and water, know evacuation routes and take steps to guard against scams. One of the most common storm-related scams we see is price gouging. During a declared state of emergency, it's unlawful to sell essential commodities for an amount that grossly exceeds the avera  more

Florida Democratic Party Issues Statement on 99th Anniversary of Women's Equality Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chair Terrie Rizzo: Today marks the 99th anniversary of the enactment of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enshrining the right of all women to vote. The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, but it was not until August 26, 1920, that the ratification was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. It is celebrated each year as Women's Equality Day. "99   more

Florida Democrats Respond to Donald Trump's Attacks on Puerto Rico and Diverting Funds From FEMA
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: Florida Democrats slammed Trump after his recent attacks over Puerto Rico officials as Hurricane Dorian approaches the island, and his decision of redirecting money from FEMA to build his useless border wall. Congresswoman Val Demings sent a statement declaring: "There's a storm approaching land that may kill American citizens and the President of the United States is insulting and attacking the people in   more

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Releases Statewide Database of Gas Stations With Generator Access
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: Ahead of Hurricane Dorian's landfall, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a new, searchable database of nearly 200 retail gas station locations with access to backup power generators. "With Hurricane Dorian expected to strengthen into an extremely dangerous storm, widespread power outages should be expected," stated Commissioner Nikki   more

Florida Department of Financial Services: CFO Jimmy Patronis - Disaster Fraud Teams Activated, Floridians Must Prepare Now for Hurricane Dorian
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: With Governor Ron DeSantis issuing an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis activated his Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST). This team will deploy to potentially impacted areas to help empower and protect Floridians from storm-related fraud. CFO P  more

Florida Department of Financial Services: CFO Jimmy Patronis Hosts Call With Florida Insurance Companies Regarding Hurricane Dorian Response
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier held a call with insurance company executives today and urged them to be ready to meet Floridians' needs immediately following Hurricane Dorian. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Floridians in the Panhandle are still dealing with insurance claims for a storm that made landfall nearly 11 months ago  more

Florida Department of Financial Services: CFO Jimmy Patronis Updates on Hurricane Dorian Response
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is updating Floridians on Hurricane Dorian preparation and response efforts. Floridians are urged to call CFO Patronis' Insurance Help Line at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO for disaster preparedness insurance and financial assistance and to report post-storm fraud and scams. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "As we continue to mon  more

Florida DOT Launches Multiuse Corridors of Regional Economic Significance Studies at Task Force Meeting
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hosted a meeting of the three Multiuse Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Forces today at the Tampa Convention Center, marking the start of the program's study phase. The Task Forces are set to study the potential for transportation and other infrastructure projects in three Florida corridors: * Suncoast Connector, exten  more

Florida First Lady DeSantis Announces 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Student Contests
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis issued the following news release: * * * - Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation * * * Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month. This year's theme will be "Celebrating Public Service" to recognize and pay tribute to Hispanic leaders who play prominent roles in publ  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Announces Nearly 500 New Jobs for Jacksonville at Enterprise Florida Board Meeting
JACKONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Recognizes Jacksonville Company with Enterprise Florida Entrepreneur and Job Growth Award * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that SoFi Lending Corporation and SS&C Technologies will create nearly 500 jobs in the Jacksonville area. The announcement was made at the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors quarterly meeting in Jacksonville. The Governor, who also serves as Chairman o  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Five to the Government Efficiency Task Force
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Sal Nuzzo, Tarren Bragdon, Jonathan Satter, Keith Wold and Ed Moore to the Government Efficiency Task Force. Sal Nuzzo Nuzzo, of Tallahassee, is the vice president of policy and the director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the James Madison Institute. Previously, he served in policy consulting roles with MGT of America and Evergr  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Four to the Eleventh Circuit Court
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Female judges make up 50 percent of Governor DeSantis' appointments to the bench since taking office * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of William Altfield, Gina Beovides, Laura Shearon Cruz and Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos to the Eleventh Circuit Court. With today's announcement, 50 percent of Governor DeSantis' appointments to the bench since taking office have bee  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Shantel Davis to the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Shantel Davis to the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees. Shantel Davis Davis, of Jacksonville, is the vice president of real estate and facilities management for CSX Transportation. She has worked for CSX Transportation since 1999 and has served in her current role since 2017. Davis oversees operations of one   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Six to the Opioid Task Force
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Heather Flynn, Steven Leifman, Melanie Brown-Woofter, Tommy Ford, Rick Jenkins and Melissa Nelson to the Opioid Task Force. Dr. Heather Flynn Dr. Flynn, of Tallahassee, is a clinical psychologist, associate professor and vice chair for research at the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Three to the Valencia College District Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Daisy Lopez Cid and the appointment of Michael Sasso and Mai Swanson to the Valencia College District Board of Trustees. Daisy Lopez Cid Lopez Cid, of Kissimmee, is a real estate broker and owner of ReMax Premier Properties. She has been a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals since 2008 and served as p  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Cindy Moody and Larry Hawkins to the Holmes County Hospital Corporation. Cindy Moody Moody, of Bonifay, is the assistant to the market president for First Federal Bank, a position she has held since 2015. Previously, she was a mortgage originator with First Federal Bank from 2013-2015 and with Hancock Bank from 2009-2013. She is appointed  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Bob Cortes and Susan Fernandez to the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees. Bob Cortes Cortes, of Altamonte Springs, is the senior administrator for government affairs for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. He served for two terms in the Florida House of Representatives, from 2014 to 2018, and was appointed vice chair of t  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Appoints Two to the St. Johns River State College District Board of Trustees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Jan Conrad and the reappoint of Samuel Garrison to the St. Johns River State College District Board of Trustees. Jan Conrad Conrad, of St. Johns, is the senior vice president of commercial banking at Ameris Bank. She is vice chair of the board for PACE Center for Girls and has been a member of the Fleming Island Rotary Club. She is a forme  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Celebrates Opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined the Cohen Veterans Network to celebrate the opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners. Steven Cohen launched Cohen Veterans Network in 2016 along with the first four Military Family Clinics. "I appreciate the great work the Cohen Veterans Network does for our veterans and their families to ensure they have the best care available,  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Declares State of Emergency, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The Governor is urging all Floridians on the East Coast to prepare for impacts, as the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Hurricane Dorian will make landfall on Florida's East Coast as a major hurricane. By declaring a state of emergency,  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Provides Additional Updates on Hurricane Dorian Preparedness
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - 2,500 Members of the Florida National Guard Have Been Activated * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami as well as the Emergency Operations Centers in Brevard and Duval counties. The Governor is in constant communication with federal, state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure the state is fully prepared. C  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Reappoints George Roberts to the Northwest Florida Water Management District
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of George Roberts to the Northwest Florida Water Management District. George Roberts Roberts, of Panama City Beach, is the vice president of Roberts & Roberts, Inc. a home construction company, and the owner of Hombre Golf Club. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Transportation Builders Association. He has served on   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Receives Hurricane Dorian Briefing at National Hurricane Center, Issues Updates on Preparedness
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami where he received a full briefing on Hurricane Dorian. The Governor is in constant communication with federal, state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure the state is fully prepared. "Due to Hurricane Dorian's uncertain projected path, I am expanding the state of emergency to include   more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Requests Pre-Landfall Disaster Declaration From President Donald Trump
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump formally requesting that he declare a pre-landfall disaster as Florida prepares for Hurricane Dorian. Current forecasts project Hurricane Dorian will hit the East Coast of Florida as a major hurricane, possibly as strong as a Category 4. The Pre-Landfall Declaration request is for all 67 counties in Florida. "With Hurricane Dorian stren  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Selects Three Inductees to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the selection of Daniel Webster Perkins, Dr. Charles Ullman Smith and Henry "Hank" James Thomas to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Daniel Webster Perkins Perkins, of Jacksonville, is a graduate of North Carolina State College, Temple University and Shaw University School of Law. He was one of Florida's first African American attorneys, after officiall  more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Hurricane Dorian Upgraded to Category 4 * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis visited the Emergency Operations Centers in Palm Beach and Orange counties, where he received briefings on Hurricane Dorian and urged residents to be prepared. He also visited the command center of Florida Power & Light to discuss preparation efforts. "It is imperative that all Floridians and their families take   more

Florida International University Named Millennium Fellowship Campus by United Nations
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: FIU has been named a Millennium Fellowship Campus Hub by the United Nations. The recognition comes after 18 FIU students were awarded a 2019 Millennium Fellowship. Launched in 2018 by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Millennium Campus Network (MCN), the selective Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that   more

Florida International University: International Medical Association Recognizes Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: * * * - HWCOM wins award for Inspirational Approaches to Health Professions Education * * * The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) has once again recognized the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine's (HWCOM) unique approach to medical education, which focuses on social accountability and the social determinants of health. HWCOM is th  more

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Receives Annual Workers' Compensation Rate Filing
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued the following news release: The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has received the 2020 Florida workers' compensation rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which proposes a statewide average premium decrease of 5.4%. The new rates would become effective January 1, 2020. As always, OIR will review the filing to ensure the proposed changes are not excessive, inadequate or unfairl  more

Florida PSC Issues Electric & Gas Industry Order Summary for Aug. 26-30
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following weekly summary of orders for Aug. 26-30: ELECTRIC INDUSTRY DOCKET NO. 20190138-EC DATE FILED: 08/26/2019 ORDER NO. AND DESCRIPTION: PSC-2019-0359-TRF-EC Order PSC-2019-0359-TRF-WS approving PRECO's request to establish temporary tariffs; if no protest within 21 days of the issuance of order, docket to be closed on issuance of a CO; protest due 9/16/19 DOCKET TITLE: Petition by Peace River Electric C  more

Florida PSC Recognizes Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day is today, August 26, and the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is celebrating lineworkers, and the hard work they do every day to keep the lights on in Florida. "Our communities rely on safe, reliable electrical power, and the PSC honors the lineworkers who make it happen. . . the men and women who keep our lights, A/C, appliances, and electronics   more

Florida Southern College: Research Study Identifies Largest Mitogenome
LAKELAND, Florida, Aug. 31 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Florida Southern College issued the following news: Dr. Jason Macrander, assistant professor of marine biology at Florida Southern College, is a collaborator and co-author of an ongoing research study that is helping scientists to gain important new insights about certain DNA molecules that are stored within individual cells. This collaborative study, which involves multiple institutions, is led by Dr. Sergio Stampar, a Brazilian researcher wh  more

Florida State Sen. Berman and Rep. Casello File Legislation to Help Assist Seniors to Live Independently
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach: Senator Lori Berman (D-Delray Beach) and Representative Joe Casello (D-Boynton Beach) filed SB 192 & HB 93, which would exempt the sales tax on home improvements that help seniors age in place. The legislation, if enacted, would extend also to others who may need similar care, such as wounded veterans or persons recovering from surgery. The tax-exemp  more

Florida State Sen. Rader and Rep. Polsky File Holocaust Education Act of 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Boca Raton: State Senator Kevin Rader (D-Boca Raton) and Representative Tina Polsky (D-Boca Raton) today filed the Holocaust Education Act of 2020, SB 184 and HB 91 respectively. This legislation updates the original 1994 law by strengthening the requirements to teach the Holocaust in schools, having the Department of Education create curriculum standards, and re  more

Florida State University-National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: Oxygen Depletion in Ancient Oceans Caused Major Mass Extinction
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 31 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory issued the following news release: * * * - New study resolves a longstanding paleoclimate mystery. * * * Late in the prehistoric Silurian Period, around 420 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction event wiped 23 percent of all marine animals from the face of the planet. For years, scientists struggled to connect a mechanism to this mass extinction, one of the 10   more

Florida Third District Court Issues Opinion Regarding Bruno Moxey Vs. State of Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 21 -- The Florida Third District Court issued the following opinion (No. 3D16-2563): An Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, Judge. Carlos J. Martinez, Public Defender, and Shannon Hemmendinger, Assistant Public Defender, for appellant. Ashley Moody, Attorney General, and Linda S. Katz, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee. Before EMAS, C.J., and SCALES and LOBREE, JJ. PER CURIAM. We find no fundamental error i  more

Ford Motor Company, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Help Advance Safer Batteries for Electric Vehicles
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Aug. 27 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University issued the following news: Preventing electric vehicles from bursting into flames on impact - as happened Aug. 10 when an electric car driving on autopilot slammed into a tow truck in Moscow - is a primary goal of a new Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University project funded by the Ford Motor Company. Dr. Feng Zhu, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle, has received a three-year awa  more

Greenberg Traurig: Fred E. Karlinsky Receives Award From Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Shareholder Fred E. Karlinsky received the Chartrand Communications Award from the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) on Aug. 20 during the organization's annual Career Development Seminar. The organization recognized Karlinsky for the "dedication [he has] shown to IRES and for the valuable difference [he has] made." Karlinsky moderated the Commission  more

Hard Rock International Appoints New General Manager for Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast in Johor, Malaysia
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos issued the following news release: Hard Rock International has appointed Clinton Lovell as the General Manager for its newest hotel in Malaysia - Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. With more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience, Clinton will oversee the hotel administration and will be responsible for the overall operations of the 365-room property in Desaru Coast, Johor - one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in Malaysia  more

Historic Transformation of Epcot Underway at Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 25 -- Disney World issued the following news release: Walt Disney once said Epcot "would always be in a state of becoming" - it is a place that changes with the times. Over the next several years, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park will live up to that promise in a whole new way as it continues the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history, bringing the next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a plethora of new attractions and exp  more

Holland & Knight's Meital Stavinsky Appointed to Florida Department of Agriculture's Innovations Workgroup
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 26 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight Partner Meital Stavinsky was recently appointed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to serve on the newly-formed Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Innovations Workgroup. She will serve for a three-year term concluding June 30, 2022. The Innovations Workgroup is composed of 21 highly respected farmers, ranchers, agribusiness value chain partners, acad  more

Hurricane Dorian Cone of Uncertainty Aims at 668,052 Homes Exposed to Storm Surge Damage, Early CoreLogic Analysis Shows
IRVINE, California, Aug. 30 -- CoreLogic, a property, mortgage and consumer information provider, issued the following news release: * * * -- Reconstruction Cost Value of All Homes in the August 29 Cone of Uncertainty Totals Nearly $144.6 Billion * * * CoreLogic(R) (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released data analysis showing 668,052 single-family and multifamily homes along the east coast of Florida with a reconstruc  more

Indiana Michigan Power Employees to Help Restore Power in Florida
FORT WAYNE, Indiana, Aug. 30 -- Indiana Michigan Power, a unit of the American Electric Power, issued the following news release: More than 350 Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) employees and contractors will help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The crews will start to leave for Florida over the next 24 hours to be in position to respond once it's safe to make restoration efforts. I&M employees deploying to Florida are based throughout I&M's service territory including the Fort Wayn  more

Lee County School District Partners With Harry Chapin Food Bank for Food Rescue Program
FORT MYERS, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news: The School District of Lee County is excited to announce a new partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to make sure extra food does not go to waste. This pilot program is making its first donation on Friday, August 30th. "When we have long weekends or holiday breaks, we tend to have items that may perish while the students are gone," says Director of Food and Nutrition Services Lauren Couchois. "So we  more

Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association Announce Expanded Industry Education and Training Tools as a Result of Magid Study on Branded Content Campaigns
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Local Media Consortium, an strategic alliance of leading local media companies, issued the following news: The Local Media Consortium and the Local Media Association today released the results from their second in a series of studies from the Branded Content Project to examine how the local media industry can help its advertisers understand, engage and benefit from branded content campaigns. The report, conducted by leading business strategy company Magid, fin  more

Mayo Clinic Campuses Recognized as Top Performers in 2019 Healthcare Equality Index
ROCHESTER, Minnesota, Aug. 27 -- Mayo Clinic issued the following news release: Mayo Clinic locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have been recognized as Top Performers in the 2019 Healthcare Equality Index. The index rates 680 health care facilities nationally on quality and inclusive health care. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation produces the Healthcare Equality Index, which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of  more

Melbourne Firefighter and Police Officers Recognized at the 2019 Valor Awards
MELBOURNE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The city of Melbourne issued the following news: City of Melbourne public safety personnel were among local heroes honored at the Melbourne Regional Chamber's 11th Annual Valor Awards banquet on August 22 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. Each year the Valor Awards honor local public safety and military personnel in the greater Melbourne area for acts above and beyond the call of duty. Multiple awards are presented to personnel, who were nominated by their r  more

Miami Dade College Board Appoints Dr. Rolando Montoya as Interim College President
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Miami Dade College issued the following news release: In a special meeting today, Miami Dade College's (MDC) Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Rolando Montoya, a retired MDC Provost and former MDC Trustee, as Interim College President effective Saturday, Aug. 31. The Board will now begin a new search for a president. Prior to his retirement in 2016, Dr. Montoya served as College Provost. During his three decades at MDC, he also served as Wolfson Campus Pres  more

Miami Dade College's School of Education to Host Independent Schools of South Florida First Meeting to Kick-Off New School Year
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Miami Dade College issued the following news release: Miami Dade College's (MDC) School of Education will host the Independent Schools of South Florida's (ISSF) first General Meeting for school leaders for the 2019-20 academic school year at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. "As members of a global society, a more connected, collaborative community enhances the totality of the student's educational experience and models a positive, realistic path toward success at the nex  more

Millennials, Think You're Digitally Better Than Us? Yes, Says Science
BOCA RATON, Florida, Aug. 29 [TNSscienceresearch] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Emails, instant messaging, app notifications, RSS feeds, and a plethora of social networks inundate almost every aspect of daily life from work to home or just keeping in touch socially. Some people average more than four information technology (IT) switches per minute. This barrage of IT interruptions makes it increasingly d  more

Minnesota Gov. Walz Authorizes Emergency Response Team to Assist Florida With Hurricane Dorian
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Aug. 31 -- Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: In response to a request for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Tim Walz today authorized a team of 13 Minnesota emergency management professionals to go to Florida as that state prepares for the intensifying storm. Florida requested several Type III All-Hazard Incident Management Teams from around the country to help with response and recovery efforts. The request was made through   more

Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Once Again Named a Physician Leader to Know
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Alan F. List, the president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, has been once again named to Becker's Hospital Review's Physician Leaders to Know List. This is the fifth year in a row he has received the honor. The annual list, which features hospital and health system presidents and CEOs who hold medical degrees, has been published every year since 2012. The full list features profiles of each respective hospita  more

Moffitt Cancer Center Earns High Honor for Excellence in Nursing for the Second Time
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Moffitt Cancer Center recently earned the prestigious Magnet designation for the second time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the credentialing body of the American Nurses Association. Only 8% of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet status and patients rely on this designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Magnet recognition is among the highest honors acknowledging excellence in n  more

Moffitt Cancer Center: New Drug Combination Shows Promising Activity in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) now have more improved treatment options compared to standard of care with the addition of several new agents called immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICI). Despite these changes, many patients still develop progressive disease after ICI treatment. In a new study published in Clinical Cancer Research, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers describe promising results from a  more

New Book By University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Business Professor Explores the Origins of Money
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 30 -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: Currency has spurred economic and social development, fostered trade, built civilizations, equipped armies and even helped create the Industrial Revolution. But how much is known about the origins of currency, itself, and its evolution? Noel Mark Noel, PhD, an adjunct professor at USF St. Petersburg and a business professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, explores these quest  more

North Carolina Utilities Commission Issues Order Involving RRPV Tremont Charlotte
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug. 26 -- The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued the following order (Docket No. WR-2566): In the Matter of Notification by RRPV Tremont Charlotte, LP, 4801 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, of Revised Rates and Fees for Charging for Water and/or Sewer Utility Service in Three30Five Apartments in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Order Approving Tariff Revision BY THE COMMISSION: On August 12, 2019, RRPV Tremont Charlotte, LP (Applicant), fil  more

North Port: Mandalas Restoration Grant
NORTH PORT, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The city of North Port issued the following news release: The City of North Port prides itself on its rich and historic culture. One of the City's most unique pieces of art is getting the restoration it needs, thanks in part to a grant the City recently received. The City of North Port applied for the grant in May 2019 and was awarded $5,500 from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for the restoration of the "Mandalas for World Peace" sculpture located at Warm M  more

Northwest Florida Water Management District Grant Helps Walnut Hill, Bratt-Davisville Water Systems
HAVANA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The Northwest Florida Water Management District issued the following news release: A grant from the Northwest Florida Water Management District helped connect two water systems in a rural area of northern Escambia County to provide better service for approximately 5,000 customers. The District's grant of $82,229 helped pay to construct more than two miles of 6-inch water main, which allows for the interconnection of Walnut Hill Water Works and the Bratt-Davisville W  more

Orlando Economic Partnership: 2019 Florida Simulation Summit and TechMatch Showcase Regional Innovation
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: The Florida Simulation Summit (https://www.orangecountyfl.net/EconomicDevelopment/FloridaSimulationSummit.aspx#.XV2QYOhKiUl) hosted by Orange County Government in partnership with the National Center for Simulation and the Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) will be held Thursday, September 26, at the Orange County Convention Center. XReality, the theme of the 2019 summit, encompasses a   more

Orlando Economic Partnership: TechMatch Embodies Orlando's Collaborative Community
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: * * * - Orlando's annual company match-making event, TechMatch, underscores the community's collaborative business environment. * * * Major employers like Orlando Magic, Siemens, and AdventHealth often look no further than their own backyards for innovative solutions. When the Orlando Magic needed to forecast its fan's behavior, the organization employed local tech firm Datanautix's (https://incu  more

Orlando International Airport to Cease Operations at 2 A.M. Monday, September 2, 2019 for Hurricane Dorian
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 30 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) executive leadership and emergency management leaders met with airline officials, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Traffic Control Tower representatives, concessionaires, construction teams, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport representatives, rental car companies, baggage handling firms, authority   more

Orlando Utilities Commission Lineworkers Celebrated Today by Cities of Orlando and St. Cloud
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Orlando Utilities Commission issued the following news: Today the skilled workers of OUC--The Reliable One were recognized by the cities of Orlando and St. Cloud for delivering safe, reliable service to their residents and to millions of Central Florida visitors each year. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell proclaimed the day as Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day in their honor. OUC's lineworkers are central to maintaining more than  more

Orlando Utilities Commission Preps for Dorian & Encourages Customers to Sign Up for Proactive Outage Alerts
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- The Orlando Utilities Commission issued the following news: * * * - Orlando Utilities Commission Has Text, Phone and E-Mail Outage Alerts * * * OUC--The Reliable One is closely watching the track of Tropical Storm Dorian as to how it will impact our service area of Orange and Osceola counties. We are evaluating mutual aid needs and are preparing our employees to quickly and safely respond. At this time, customers are encouraged to review their own family storm p  more

Orlando Utilities Commission Provides Support, Training Site for College's Powerline Tech Course
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Orlando Utilities Commission issued the following news: * * * - 15-week program will help meet industry need for highly trained line technicians * * * OUC--The Reliable One is partnering with Valencia College on a job-training program that aims to turn students into powerline technicians at a time when the electric utility industry is facing a growing need for line techs. Valencia's new Electrical Powerline Technician course combines 15 weeks of classroom a  more

Orlando Utilities Commission Recognized as 2019 Healthiest Employer by the Orlando Business Journal
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The Orlando Utilities Commission issued the following news: OUC--The Reliable One has been named the healthiest employer in Central Florida for companies with 500-1,499 employees. The award from the Orlando Business Journal honors companies with policies and initiatives that promote the health and wellbeing of their employees. "Employees are one of our most valuable resources, and their health and wellness has a direct impact on the continued success of our organiz  more

Palm Beach County: Long-Time Airports Director Honored With Terminal Naming
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release: Former Director of Airports Bruce Pelly, who retired at the end of 2018, was honored recently with the dedication of the terminal at the North County General Aviation Airport. Pelly spent a total of 43 years working for Palm Beach County government, beginning in 1975 as a student intern administrative aide. Under Pelly's leadership, Palm Beach International Airport experienced tremendous growth and welco  more

Pensacola State College Grad Found Early Science Inspiration on Family's Peruvian Farm
PENSACOLA, Florida, Aug. 23 -- Pensacola State College issued the following news: Pensacola State College graduate Alessandro Bailetti recently co-authored a research paper titled "Enhancer of Polycomb/Tip60 represses hematological tumor initiation by negatively regulating JAK/STAT pathway activity." Yeah, we don't know what that means either. If you want to find out yourself what all that scientific mumbo-jumbo translates to, you can ask Bailetti on Aug. 29 when he will speak at Pensacola Sta  more

Polk State College District Board of Trustees Elects Leadership for 2019-2020
WINTER HAVEN, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Polk State College issued the following news: Polk State College's District Board of Trustees elected Teresa V. Martinez as chair and Cindy Hartley Ross as vice chair for the 2019-2020 academic year Monday during its annual reorganization meeting. The role of chair was previously filled by Dan Dorrell and the role of vice chair was previously filled by Martinez in 2018-2019. The Board also includes Ashley Bell Barnett, Greg Littleton, and Mark Turner. Polk St  more

Port Tampa Bay Receives Strong Financial Rating by Fitch
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Port Tampa Bay issued the following news: Fitch Ratings-New York recently affirmed the 'A' rating on Port Tampa Bay's (the Hillsborough County Port District) approximately $99 million in outstanding senior bank loans with a stable outlook for the future. This rating reflects continued strong and growing throughput and revenue performance from diverse business operations, bolstered by contracted revenues, which further reinforce revenue stability. "We are pleased that  more

Preliminary Airport Budgets for Fiscal 2020 Presented to Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Orlando International Airport issued the following news release: The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board got its first look at the budget for next fiscal year. The $593,549,000 FY 2020 budget for Orlando International Airport (MCO) represents an overall increase of $26.64 million over last year. The budget for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) is $4.3 million. The next fiscal year begins October 1, 2019. "The proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 not only  more

RSM Releases 2019-20 Trends in Private Clubs Report
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 26 -- RSM US, an independent audit, tax and consulting firm, issued the following news release: RSM US LLP - the nation's leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market - recently released its 2019-20 edition of Trends in Private Clubs. This is the firm's 45th annual report on the financial and operational trends in private clubs throughout Florida, the state with the highest concentration of clubs. Unlike surveys, this annual repor  more

Sarasota County: Mylett Confirmed as Public Utilities Director
SARASOTA, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Sarasota County issued the following news: * * * - County Commissioners confirm Mylett as Public Utilities Department director * * * The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) confirmed Mike Mylett as the new director of Sarasota County's Public Utilities Department. Mylett has been with Sarasota County Government since 2000, serving in a variety of roles within public utilities, including division manager of water and wastewater starting in 2018,  more

South Florida Water Management District Continues Preparing Regional Flood Control System for Forecasted Rainfall From Tropical Storm Dorian
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Aug. 27 -- The South Florida Water Management District issued the following news release: * * * - District lowering canals, coordinating with local drainage districts to ensure flood protection for 8.7 million residents as storm approaches * * * With the National Weather Service forecasting that Tropical Storm Dorian may impact South Florida over this weekend, t he South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is continually monitoring the storm preparing the reg  more

St. Petersburg Police Training Center Recognized for Environmental Green Features
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The city of St. Petersburg issued the following news release: Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the St. Petersburg Police Training Center, 1845 13th Avenue North, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Police Chief Anthony Holloway will officially hang a plaque that recognizes the center's Silver LEED certification. When the city took over the former St. Petersburg Pistol Club, the site was contaminated with lead from its 30 years as a firing range. Last year the c  more

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Makes Thrilling Debut at Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Aug. 28 -- Disney World issued the following news release: * * * - New 14-Acre Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios Will Invite Guests to Live Their Own Star Wars Adventures Beginning Aug. 29 * * * This will be a day long remembered at Disney's Hollywood Studios, as the park took its first step into a larger world with the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, was flanked by the mighty Chewbacca and  more

Tallahassee Community College Offers Hands-on Workforce Development Training Programs to Grow Your Career and Your Paycheck
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Tallahassee Community College issued the following news: Tallahassee Community College offers a variety of hands-on workforce development courses for people in the Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla counties and surrounding areas. People who want to earn an industry recognized certificate in an in-demand area and enter the workforce immediately have a robust list of programs to select from. These programs include HVAC, Machining Technologies, Computer Numeric Control (CNC)   more

Tampa Electric is Prepared to Handle Severe Weather From Hurricane Dorian
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 29 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: Tampa Electric is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and is preparing to respond to severe weather that could affect Florida in coming days. "Tampa Electric has a lot of experience responding to storms, and we are preparing for whatever Hurricane Dorian will bring us," said Nancy Tower, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. "While the path remains uncertain, we encourage our customers to begin maki  more

TD Bank Finances Renovation of Affordable Housing for Senior Citizens in South Florida
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, Aug. 27 -- TD Bank, a financial services company, issued the following news release: TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank(R), announced its commitment to finance Deerfield Beach Housing Authority and Smith and Henzy Advisory Group's renovation of the Palms of Deerfield Apartments, a public housing community in South Florida for individuals over 62 years old. Deerfield Beach Housing Authority provides quality, affordable housing with education and social services, and  more

University of Central Florida Ranked Among the Best National Universities
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The University of Central Florida issued the following news: * * * - Washington Monthly also recognizes UCF for its educational value and number of student voters. * * * By Gene Kruckemyer The Washington Monthly magazine today ranked UCF in three significant categories on its annual rankings of 395 top universities and colleges: No. 55 best national university, No. 25 "Best Bang for the Buck" university in the southeast, and one of the 80 best colleges for stude  more

University of Central Florida Student Working for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Recovery Mission
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 29 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of Central Florida issued the following news: * * * - As an image analyst, physics major Jennifer Nolau gets a hands-on space-research opportunity and contributes to the space mission. * * * By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala While many students spent their summer break at the beach or working to earn tuition money, UCF physics student Jennifer Nolau spent her break analyzing thousands and thousands of digital images beamed to her fro  more

University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute: Next-Gen Antimicrobials
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 23 -- The University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute issued the following news: EPI investigator KC Jeong aims to uncover the next generation of antimicrobials. From his microbiology lab to an experimental farm, his research explores how food animals are affected by novel and drug-resistant pathogens -- and what kills them. Drug-resistant bacteria are a metastasizing global menace. For the past seventy-five years, roughly since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed t  more

University of Florida-Brechner Center for Freedom of Information: Frank LoMonte Comments on Universal Orlando and OUC Denial of Record Requests
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 27 -- The University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information issued the following news: Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in "Universal Orlando, OUC Shield Records After Electrical Shocking of Volcano Bay Visitors, Staff in June" published in the Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 26. On June 3, visitors and employees at Volcano Bay, a Universal attraction, w  more

University of Florida: Do Weight Loss Interventions for Children Work? Cardel Contributes to National Debate
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 28 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: First came Kurbo, a new app launched by Weight Watchers (WW) on Aug 13 to help children ages 8 to 17 make healthier food choices and lose weight. Then came the pushback from critics, including an online petition signed by more than 87,000 people stating that the app is "irresponsible" because it could lead children to develop eating disorders. Within days, an op-ed appeared in the New Yo  more

University of Florida: Non-invasive, Automated MRI for Parkinson's Diagnosis
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 30 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Florida issued the following news: In an international study at 17 MRI centers in the U.S., Austria and Germany, a research team led by UF's David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., used a non-invasive MRI method with 1,002 patients to develop an automated system to accurately diagnose Parkinson's disease and related but different neurodegenerative disorders. In the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet Digital Health, researchers used   more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Awarded $5.5M to Support K-12 Mental Health Awareness Training
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 26 -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: Thousands of K-12 school personnel will be trained on how to recognize and refer students with emotional or mental health difficulties thanks to a $5.5-million grant awarded to USF St. Petersburg's College of Education. The program, known as the Youth Mental Health Awareness Training (YMHAT) Administration Project, was established in 2018 with an initial $2.2-million g  more

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg: Biology Professor Presents Innovative Model for Classifying Animal Species
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Aug. 29 [TNSscienceresearch] -- The University of South Florida's St. Petersburg Campus issued the following news release: Why do some fish spawn millions of offspring but whales give birth to just one at a time? Why do elephants spend decades caring for their young, while sea turtles abandon their offspring after laying eggs? And what do ant colonies and human societies have in common? These are the questions probed by Biology Professor Deby Cassill in a scientific pa  more

University of West Florida President Saunders' Contract Extended Through 2020 Calendar Year
PENSACOLA, Florida, Aug. 29 -- The University of West Florida, a component of public state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: After guiding the University of West Florida to three years of unprecedented success in the Florida Board of Governors performance-based funding model, UWF President Martha D. Saunders was awarded a contract extension through the end of the 2020 calendar year. A Board of Governors' regulation put in place in 2017 limits contract extensions   more

Valencia College: Energy From the Excess - West Campus Launches Food Waste Recycling
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 27 -- Valencia College issued the following news release: Americans throw away more than $180 billion worth of food every year - and most of the uneaten food ends up in landfills, where it produces the greenhouse gas methane, which is 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Now Valencia College's West Campus is trying to change that - through a pilot recycling program that turns food waste into energy. Starting this fall semester, Valencia College is partnering with th  more

Virginia Commonwealth University: Researchers Identify Fundamental Properties of Cells That Affect How Tissue Structures Form
RICHMOND, Virginia, Aug. 27 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Virginia Commonwealth University issued the following news: Researchers have found that changing the mechanical properties of individual cells disrupts their ability to remain stable, profoundly affecting their health and the health of the tissue that comprises them. In the September issue of the journal Current Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Florida, identify a   more

Volusia County: Book Group Meets at DeLand Library
DELAND, Florida, Aug. 24 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: Readers can share their insights into "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave. Set in 1946, the novel focuses on a London writer who visits a group of charming characters on the island of Guernsey, which was occupied by Nazis during World War II. The book, which was a New York  more

Wisconsin Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #42, Authorizes Wisconsin National Guard to Aid With Hurricane Dorian Response
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 30 -- Gov. Tony Evers, R-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #42 as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, authorizing Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty to assist civil authorities in Florida. The order also directs all state agencies to assist the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in responding to the situation. "Coming to  more

Yale University Researchers Detect Unreported Zika Outbreak
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, Aug. 30 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Yale University issued the following news release: Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) have detected a large unreported Zika outbreak that occurred in Cuba during 2017, a year after Zika outbreaks peaked throughout the Americas. Unreported outbreaks present a risk of silently spreading viruses to other parts of the world. They also highlight the need for alternative detection methods when there is a lack of access to re  more

Zurich Insurance: Helping to Close the Flood Coverage Gap
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, Aug. 26 -- Zurich Insurance, a property-casualty insurance company, issued the following news release: Zurich North America and Wright National Flood Insurance Services offer an innovative residential flood insurance option, launching in Florida with plans to expand. As severe weather events increase in frequency and intensity, flooding is a growing risk in many areas of the U.S. Responding to the needs of property owners facing potentially catastrophic flood scenarios, Z  more