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State Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 86 items )  

A Orange County That Works For Everyone: Mayor Demings' Housing for All Task Force Unveils Final Recommendations
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 21 -- Orange County issued the following news release: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings' Housing For All Task Force recently unveiled its 10-year plan to add tens of thousands of new attainable housing and establish a local funding source that could direct $160 million into addressing Orange County's affordable housing crisis. "The affordable housing crisis is something that is certainly not unique to Orange County and is an issue nationwide," said Mayor Demings. "Thank  more

Affiliate of Sun Capital Partners to Sell SOS Security
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 21 -- Sun Capital Partners, an investment firm, issued the following news: Sun Capital Partners, Inc. ("Sun Capital" or "Sun"), a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced that an affiliate has signed a definitive agreement to sell SOS Security LLC ("SOS" or the "Company"), a leading provider of outsourced security services and solutions. Terms of the private transaction were not discl  more

America's Republican Governors Discuss Policy Priorities at 2019 RGA Annual Conference
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The Republican Governors Association issued the following news release: 24 Republican governors and governors-elect from across the country gathered to discuss policy priorities, best practices from the states, and efforts to elect and re-elect Republican governors at the Republican Governors Association's (RGA) 2019 Annual Conference, held this week in Boca Raton, Florida. On Wednesday, November 20, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant moderated a plenary session including   more

American Family Insurance Championship Receives Prestigious President's Award From PGA TOUR Champions
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, Nov. 21 -- American Family Insurance issued the following news release: * * * - Tournament honored with award for second consecutive year - Tournament demonstrates outstanding achievement in several areas. * * * For the second year in a row, the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, was named the recipient of the prestigious President's Award from PGA TOUR Champions. The award is given to the tournament that demonstrates outstanding achi  more

Broward County Public Schools Issues Statement on Florida Gov. DeSantis 2020-21 Budget
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following statement by Superintendent Robert W. Runcie: "We appreciate that Governor DeSantis is continuing the conversation about increasing teacher pay. It is the right conversation to have. "Along with the plan to raise the minimum teacher salary to $47,500, we have to keep in mind that our veteran teachers should also benefit from any salary increase. "The $300 million proposed for the new teacher and principal  more

Broward County School Board Elects Korn as Chair, Osgood as Vice Chair
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release: The School Board of Broward County, Florida, elected Donna P. Korn (Countywide At-Large, Seat 8) as Chair and Dr. Rosalind Osgood (District 5) as Vice Chair. The nominations and election took place during the School Board's Annual Organizational Meeting. Donna P. Korn has served on the School Board since 2011. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Emory University and has completed co  more

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chicago Receives 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award and Pinnacle of Excellence Award
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a network of hospitals and outpatient care centers, issued the following news release: Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R) (CTCA) Chicago is pleased to announce it has received a 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award(R) and Pinnacle of Excellence Award(R). Given annually, the Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations in the U.S. that have achieved the 95th percentile or ab  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 19 -- 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: 18 November 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3244.0 pence Lowest price paid per shar  more

Carnival Corporation & Plc Purchase of Shares
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 20 -- 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: 19 November 2019 Number of shares purchased: 50,000 shares Highest price paid per share: 3241.0 pence Lowest price paid per shar  more

Carnival Cruise Line Unveils Additional Details on First Roller Coaster At Sea And Expansive Outdoor Recreation Area On Mardi Gras
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Carnival Cruise Line, a part of Carnival, issued the following news release: Carnival Cruise Line today revealed additional details on BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, and the centerpiece of the Ultimate Playground, an expansive open-air recreation area on Mardi Gras, set to debut in August 2020. The announcement was made at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Conference in Orlando by Carnival Cruise Line President Ch  more

CFO Jimmy Patronis Highlights the Florida Veterans Protection Act in Orlando
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis was joined by Florida Veterans' Affairs Director Danny Burgess in Orlando today to highlight the Florida Veterans Protection Act, which aims to protect veterans from fraud and scams by adding the victimization of ten or more veterans as an aggravated white-collar crime to the Florida White-Collar Crime Act. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, "Florida i  more

CFO Jimmy Patronis' Hurricane Michael Insurance Villages Recovered $4.1 Million for Policyholders in Four Months
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced today that since August 2019, $4.1 million in insurance claims checks have been cut at four insurance villages for nearly 750 residents impacted by Hurricane Michael. Each Hurricane Michael Insurance Village provides an opportunity for area residents having insurance issues to meet directly with their insurance company. In total,  more

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Track & Report Scams During International Fraud Awareness Week
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Financial Services issued the following news release: In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis encourages Floridians to track and report the latest fraud and scam tactics in their communities by using the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker. A partner of CFO Patronis' "Fraud Free Florida" initiative, the BBB's online Scam Tracker tool includes an interactive map to help keep Floridians  more

Citrix Supercharges Microservices-Based Application Delivery
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Citrix Systems, a server, application and desktop virtualization, networking and software provider, issued the following news: Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) today announced five new ways it is helping companies on their journey to microservices, including: * Google Anthos integration extended to on-prem * A holistic observability stack to tame the observability challenge * mTLS support for securing Istio service mesh environments * Improved ingress  more

City of Gainesville, International Association of Firefighters Reach Agreement
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The city of Gainesville issued the following news: The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce that amendments to an agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters was ratified earlier this afternoon -- extending an existing agreement through the next two fiscal years. Amendments to the agreement provide market rate adjustments intended to align our firefighters' pay with those of peer agencies. Raises will be implemented over the course of th  more

City of St. Petersburg Receives Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The city of St. Petersburg issued the following news release: For the fifth year in a row, the City of St. Petersburg has scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) - the only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy and services. St. Pete was one of five cities in Florida to receive a perfect score, out of the 18 Florida cities and 506 total municipalities ranked. Said Mayor Rick Krise  more

City Provides St. Petersburg Residents With Discount to Enchant
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The city of St. Petersburg issued the following news release: St. Petersburg is the first city in the Southeast United States, and only one of three in the nation, to host the spectacular holiday experience, Enchant(R), at Tropicana Field. In an effort to enhance the holiday experience for St. Petersburg residents, the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department are providing a $15 discount per person to enjoy Enchant(R). Ench  more

Deltek Announces Partnership With Alirrium and UiPath to Deliver RPA Capabilities for Deltek Customers
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, issued the following news release: * * * - The new partnership will improve the user experience for Deltek customers by giving them the ability to leverage RPA to cut costs and improve employee satisfaction * * * Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, announced a new partnership with Alirrium and UiPath during its   more

Deltek Announces the Winners of the 2019 Deltek Insight Most Valuable Projects Awards
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 18 -- Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, issued the following news release: * * * - MVP award winners were announced onstage at Deltek Insight 2019 during General Session on Monday, November 18 * * * Deltek, the leading global provider of software and information solutions for project-based businesses, today announced the winners of its annual customer awards program - the Most Valuable Projects (MVP) Award  more

Deltek Unveils Acumen Touchstone at Deltek Insight 2019
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, issued the following news release: * * * - Deltek showcases the first solution of its next gen PPM suite for Insight * * * Deltek, the leading global provider of software and information solutions for project-based businesses, unveiled Acumen Touchstone today at Deltek Insight 2019 - the first product in the next generation of Deltek's Project and Portfolio Managemen  more

Democrats Host Dialogue on Gun Violence in Tampa
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: The Florida Democratic Party hosted its second Cease Fire community dialogue Saturday morning in Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, along with State Senator Darryl Rouson, State Representative Dianne Hart, and State Representative Fentrice Driskell joined community activists, local leaders, and residents in a dialogue on gun violence prevention in communities o  more

E.W. Scripps Promotes Marcus Riley to Oversee Content Strategy for East Coast Stations
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- The E.W. Scripps, a broadcasting company, issued the following news release: The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) has promoted Marcus Riley to serve as senior director of content strategy for its East Coast television stations. Riley now works with newsroom leaders in nine of Scripps' local TV markets to implement, evaluate, measure and refine the Scripps local content strategy. His scope includes WKBW in Buffalo, New York; WMAR in Baltimore; WXYZ in Detroit; WFT  more

Emerging Leaders Involved in Orange County Government
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Orange County issued the following news release: When Orange County hosted its annual Community Conference earlier this year, Oak Ridge High School senior Isui Sopon was in attendance, as he was during last year's Youth Leadership Conference, at Valencia College. Sopon represents the next generation of civil servants and community leaders, and he exemplifies the importance of youth involvement in community affairs. "By going to these events, I learned how local gov  more

Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education Students From Ridge Community High Get the Polk State College Experience
WINTER HAVEN, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Polk State College issued the following news: Students in the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program received a firsthand look at their future college campus and the resources already available to them at Polk State College, although they are sophomores at Ridge Community High School. Ten high schoolers visited the Lakeland Campus, where they met Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and Polk State President Angela Garcia  more

Experience the Excitement of a Visit to Walt Disney World Resort With Newest 4-Park Magic Ticket
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Disney World issued the following news release: * * * - Special offer invites guests to explore and enjoy all four theme parks * * * There's so much to look forward to at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with the holiday season in full swing and a year of new experiences on the horizon. To immerse themselves in all this magic, guests can take advantage of the newest four-day 4-Park Magic Ticket, now available from $89 per day (plus tax), or $356 tota  more

Faith Community Events for Children: Good for the Soul, Lack Nutrition: Florida Atlantic University
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 21 [TNSmedicalresearch-Public Health Nursing Journal] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Childhood obesity affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents in the United States and has been increasing for more than four decades. It is a serious problem that puts children at risk for poor health and chronic disease. Unlike foods served in public schools, which must typically adhere  more

Fla. Department of Health: Gov. DeSantis' Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget Will Keep Floridians Healthy
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Health issued the following news release: Governor DeSantis' Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget funds the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) with $3 billion to ensure the health of those who reside, work in and visit Florida is protected while providing the state's health systems with the resources needed to continue improving the health outcomes of millions of Floridians. Governor DeSantis said, "With an increasing number of fami  more

Fla. State Sen. Farmer: Broward Delegation Discusses Judicial Success in Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit Court
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Gary Farmer: Today, the Broward Legislative Delegation met with Chief Judge Jack Tuter and Judge Kenneth Gottlieb to discuss ongoing programs and fiscal needs for the 17th Judicial Circuit. Chief Judge Tuter highlighted the successes of the new Community Court system, which diverts offenders with low-level crimes from the County Jail. Senator Farmer had the following to say: "T  more

Florida A.G. Moody Convenes Second Meeting of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse as Opioid-Related Deaths Decline
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 21 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following news release: Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chair of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse, today convened the group's second meeting. The meeting comes as the latest Florida Medical Examiners Report shows opioid-related deaths declined 10 percent last year--marking more than 600 fewer deaths than the previous year. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "While the decline in opioid-related deaths is e  more

Florida Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner Fried Issues Statement Regarding ITC Ruling on Mexican Tomato Threat
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following statement: Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 affirming that imported Mexican tomatoes unfairly threaten the American tomato industry. The ruling came after the U.S. Department of Commerce recently re-opened the antidumping investigation that began in 1996, and after finding that Mexican tomatoes had been dumped into the U.S. market at prices 21 percent below f  more

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Nov. 22
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing: This week is National Utility Scam Awareness Week. Utility scammers prey on unsuspecting consumers' emotions and scare them into giving up personal and financial information. I don't want any Floridian to feel helpless against these fraudsters, so I issued tips directly to consumers this week through social media to arm them with information needed to not fall for these scams. There ar  more

Florida Democratic Party Mourns Those Lost on This Transgender Day of Remembrance
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: Each year on November 20, we remember members of the transgender community who have been attacked and murdered. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least twenty two transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019. In Florida, at least fourteen members of the transgender community have lost their lives this decade, three of those murders happened in 2019 and five in 2018. Terrie Ri  more

Florida Democrats Crowdfund Nearly $4,000 in 20 Hours to Bring the Baby Trump Balloon to Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: In advance of Donald Trump's November 26 rally in Sunrise, Florida, Democratic activists raised more than $3,700 in just 20 hours from 163 donors via a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to bring the Baby Trump balloon to Florida. The average donation was less than $23. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated it was a sign of the passion Democratic activists have to take on Trump in 2020: "Thi  more

Florida Democrats Trained More Than 70 Potential Candidates in the Tampa Area
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Democratic Party issued the following news: This weekend, over 70 people participated in the Municipal Victory Program candidate training. The training included potential candidates from multiple counties including Citrus, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Orange, Volusia and Pasco, where over 40 elections will be held from now to 2020. The training focused on campaign fundamentals, from best practices to fundraising, political strategy, communications   more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Acquires Additional Acreage in Wakulla Springs Protection Zone
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has purchased an additional 717 acres within the Wakulla Springs Protection Zone Florida Forever project. The acquisition of this property from the Ferrell family represents a successful multi-agency public and nonprofit partnership between DEP, the U.S. Forest Service, the Florida Forest Service and Conservation Florida, to pr  more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Acquires Historically Rich Fish Island
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has purchased a 57-acre parcel known as Fish Island. The land is within the Northeast Florida Blueway Florida Forever project and is one of the last remaining undeveloped waterfront properties in the City of St. Augustine. "Preservation of this important parcel is vital to the protection of coastal wetlands," said DEP Secretar  more

Florida Economic Opportunity Department Issues Statement on Gov. DeSantis 2020-21 Budget Recommendations
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued the following statement by Executive Director Ken Lawson in response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2020-21 budget recommendations: "We are very grateful for Governor DeSantis' commitment to Florida's communities by making smart, strategic investments in our state. "Through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, our agency is able to make recommendations to the Governor for opportunities to develop a highly-skill  more

Florida Elder Affairs Secretary Prudom Comments on Gov. DeSantis' Recommended Funding Increases for Older Floridians
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis released his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget recommendations,which includes increases in funding to support Florida seniors, their families, and caregivers. The Governor's recommended investments will help the Department of Elder Affairs to advance Livable Florida, ensure the protection of those under the care of a guardian, serve seniors and caregiver  more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Joins U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Groundbreaking Ceremony
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the groundbreaking ceremony of a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in St. Augustine. The Governor was joined by Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA) Executive Director Danny Burgess, Congressman John Rutherford as well as local county and city officials. "The groundbreaking and establishment  more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran Announce Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Awardees
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Nearly $3 million in funding dedicated to career and technical education remains available * * * Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced the school districts, universities, colleges and private institutions who have been awarded with the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant. During the 2019 Legislative  more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Announces His Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget for FY 2020-2021
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis released his budget proposal for FY 2020-2021, a Bolder, Brighter, Better Future. "My budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 builds on our successes of the past year, placing emphasis where it is needed while remaining fiscally responsible to Florida taxpayers," said Governor DeSantis. "The budget includes key investments in our K-12 education system, our environmen  more

Florida Lieutenant Gov. Nunez Highlights Success of Trade Mission to Colombia
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 21 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez highlighted her trade mission to Colombia, which took place from November 18-21. The mission delegation included over 50 representatives from small and medium-sized businesses across Florida. The export sales mission, organized by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), featured 19 Florida manufacturers and exporters that were matched with Colombian importers throu  more

Florida Lottery Secretary Issues Statement on Gov. DeSantis FY 2020-21 Budget
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Lottery issued the following statement by Secretary Jim Poppell on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fiscal 2020-21 proposed budget: "With today's budget announcement, Governor DeSantis has reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to ensuring every Florida student has the best education possible. "At the Florida Lottery, we are working every day to support that commitment. Since 1988, the Lottery has contributed over $36 billion to enhancements in  more

Florida Museum of Natural History: Only Eat Oysters in Months With 'r'? Rule of Thumb is at Least 4,000 Years Old
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Florida Museum of Natural History issued the following research news: Foodie tradition dictates only eating wild oysters in months with the letter "r" - from September to April - to avoid watery shellfish, or worse, a nasty bout of food poisoning. Now, a new study suggests people have been following this practice for at least 4,000 years. An analysis of a large shell ring off Georgia's coast revealed that the ancient inhabitants of St. Catherines Island lim  more

Florida PSC Issues Electric & Gas Industry Order Summary for Nov. 18-22
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Public Service Commission issued the following weekly summary of orders for Nov. 18 - 22: ELECTRIC INDUSTRY DOCKET NO. 20190001-EI DATE FILED: 11/18/2019 ORDER NO. AND DESCRIPTION: PSC-2019-0484-FOF-EI Final Order PSC-2019-0484-FOF-EI approving expenditures and true-up amounts for fuel adjustment factors; GPIF targets, ranges, and rewards; and projected expenditures and true-up amounts for capacity cost recovery factors; docket to remain open. D  more

Florida Senate Majority Leader, State Rep. Burton Aim to Protect Florida's Vulnerable Adults From Abuse, Exploitation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs issued the following news release: * * * - SB 994 and HB 709 Proposes New Protections Against Guardians Preying on Floridians * * * Florida Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) and State Representative Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland) filed legislation this week that creates additional protections for Florida's most vulnerable adults against guardians who could abuse and exploit them without proper protection  more

Florida Senate President Announces Appointment of Ex-Senator Carlton to Tobacco Education & Use Prevention Advisory Council
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 23 -- Florida Senate President Bill Galvano issued the following news release: Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) announced the appointments of former State Senator Lisa Carlton (R-Sarasota) and Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos to the Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council. "An experienced public servant, during her time serving on the 2018 Constitution Revision Commission, Senator Carlton co-sponsored a proposal that became Amendment 9, whic  more

Florida Senate President Galvano Issues Statement on Gov. DeSantis Budget Recommendations
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Florida Senate President Bill Galvano issued the following statement regarding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' budget recommendations for fiscal 2020-21: "Governor DeSantis' budget recommendations reflect many priorities my Senate colleagues and I share. We very much appreciate the Governor submitting these recommendations nearly a month in advance of the deadline, which provides Senators the opportunity to hear formal presentations of the Governor's Recommended Budg  more

Florida State Sen. Stewart Files Bill to Combat Lewd Conduct
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando: Legislation that would protect citizens from obscene conduct and improve prosecution of offenders, has been filed by Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando). SB 1018 - Exposure of Sexual Organs, raises the penalty for exposing sexual organs in a vulgar or indecent manner, i.e., "flashing." Under current law, a violation is considered a misdemeanor, meaning law e  more

Florida State Sen. Taddeo, Reps. Smith, Driskell File Bill Extending Bright Futures Scholarship to Immigrant Students
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 21 -- The Florida Senate issued the following news release on behalf of Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami: With the impending determination by the U.S. Supreme Court about whether the Trump administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was lawful, Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-Miami) and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) and primo-cosponsor Rep. Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) have re-introduced legislation to address inequities faced by  more

Fred Hutch at ASH: Latest CAR T Data - BCMA, CD19, CD20 - Plus New Insights on Transplantation, Gene Therapy - and More
SEATTLE, Washington, Nov. 21 -- The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center issued the following news release: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's latest findings on CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell therapy, gene therapy, precision oncology, immune repair and transplantation will be featured at the 61st American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition, which will be held Dec. 7-10 in Orlando, Florida. Fred Hutch transplantation physician-scientist Dr. Stephanie Lee will b  more

GE Expands H-Series and M601 Service Network With TAE Aerospace
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 19 -- G.E. Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric, issued the following news release: GE Aviation announced today at the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Expo in Orlando that it has expanded the scope of TAE Aerospace within its Authorized Service Center network to support GE's H-Series and M601 turboprop engines in North and South America. In 2012, Australia-based TAE Aerospace became a Designated Repair Center supporting H-Series and M601 engines f  more

Goodyear, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Team Up to Host 9th Annual Toys for Tots Events
AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 22 -- Goodyear Tire and Rubber issued the following news release: The Goodyear Blimps and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will conduct their ninth joint maneuver in December benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Public toy collection events will be hosted at the company's airship bases in Florida and Ohio. A California-based blimp crew will join Toys for Tots volunteer efforts in Los Angeles County in lieu of hosting an event. Additionally, people can   more

Gov. DeSantis Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget Proposes $9.9B in Funding for the Florida Department of Transportation
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following news release: Governor Ron DeSantis today unveiled his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The proposed budget provides $9.9 billion in funding for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The investment will enable the department to continue to deliver much needed transportation projects to meet the needs of a growing Florida for generations to come. Governor De  more

Gov. DeSantis' Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget Continues Historic Levels of Environmental Funding
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: * * * - The budget includes recurring funding of $625 million for three years for Everglades restoration, targeted water quality improvements, alternative water supply and innovative technologies * * * Today Governor Ron DeSantis released his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget, which continues historic levels of funding for the environment, including Everglades restorati  more

Gov. Ron DeSantis' Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget Continues to Invest in Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Intervention
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice issued the following news release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget, which invests an additional $17.1 million into Florida's juvenile justice system for a total of $592.9 million. This funding will support prevention and early intervention services for at-risk youth and their families and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's core mission of reducing juvenile deli  more

Greenberg Traurig Adds Restructuring Shareholder David Guess in Orange County
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 21 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added experienced restructuring attorney David M. Guess as a shareholder in the firm's Orange County office. Guess, who joins the firm from Bienert Katzman, focuses on business bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, and bankruptcy litigation. "Greenberg Traurig's Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice is proud to welcome an attorney of David's caliber and reput  more

Greenberg Traurig Assists Copperline Partners in $35 Million Ambassador Hotel Cooperative Apartments Deal
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. West Palm Beach office Real Estate Shareholder David M. Layman led a team of attorneys to assist Copperline Partners in its nearly $35 million purchase of 69 of 97 cooperative units in the Ambassador Hotel Cooperative Apartments in the Town of Palm Beach, which represents 76 percent of the shares in the cooperative. The sale of all the units closed simu  more

Greenberg Traurig Named 'Company of the Year' by CREW Orlando
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 18 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: The Orlando office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. was recently named Company of the Year by the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) Orlando at the organization's 16th Annual Celebration of Champions. The event, which was held on Nov. 5 at the Orlando Museum of Art, celebrates women's growth and excellence in commercial real estate by honoring outstanding CREW members and organizati  more

Greenberg Traurig: Bridget A. Berry Named Woman of the Year by Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Bridget A. Berry, a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., has been named the 2019 Woman of the Year by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to the Palm Beach North region. The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization with approximately 1,000 business members, acco  more

Holiday Spending Down, Credit Use Remains Strong, Cash Back is King and More Revelations From the TD Retail Survey
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, Nov. 21 -- TD Bank, a financial services company, issued the following news release: DC, DE, MD, VA > Florida > Maine > New England > New Jersey, New York and PA > North and South Carolina > Holiday spending is down nearly 30% from 2018. Here's why ... With the holiday season right around the corner, it seems many Americans might be saying "Bah, humbug" to the time-honored tradition of gift-giving, with planned spending down nearly 30%, according to the second annual H  more

Holland & Knight Advises on Sale of Arena Bogota
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight represented Proyectos Inmobiliarios, developers of Arena Bogota, in the $10 million sale of the facility to Cardenas Entertainment and Marketing Group S.A.S. (CEMG). CEMG, an entertainment company founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Cardenas, plans to invest $30 million on finishing renovations to the arena. The deal was finalized in July. When renovations are complete,   more

Holland & Knight Partner Wifredo Ferrer Honored by the Anti-Defamation League
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Wifredo Ferrer, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Miami office, was presented with the 2019 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jurisprudence Award at a luncheon in his honor at the InterContinental Miami on November 21. Mr. Ferrer joins an elite group of men and women who have received this prestigious honor over a span of more than two decades. "The ADL has chosen a true champion of justice and equal  more

Holland & Knight Represents Off Lease Only in Acquisition by Cerberus Capital Management
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 18 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight represented Off Lease Only, a leading used-car dealer, in the sale of a controlling interest to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Cerberus announced that it had acquired an 80 percent interest in Off Lease Only on November 15. With four Florida retail locations and a robust online platform, Off Lease Only is one of the largest independent used-car dealers in the United States. The com  more

Holland & Knight Wins Two M&A Advisor Awards
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight was recognized with two awards from The M&A Advisor for its role in transactions that closed over the past year. Winners were announced at the 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards in New York on November 19. The M&A Advisor is a network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals that honors achievement, presents thought leadership and facilitates connections. The acquisition of Legends E  more

Lee County Port Authority: Southwest Florida International Airport Reports Record-Breaking October
FORT MYERS, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The Lee County Port Authority issued the following news release: During October, 638,922 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla., an increase of 12.2 percent compared to October 2018. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 8.8 percent compared to last year. The traffic leader in October was Delta Air Lines with 139,527 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were American (111  more

Mayo Clinic, Hitachi to Build First, Next Generation, Carbon Ion Therapy Treatment Facility in North America
ROCHESTER, Minnesota, Nov. 20 -- Mayo Clinic issued the following news release: Mayo Clinic and Hitachi, Ltd. have reached an agreement in principle to build a carbon ion treatment facility as part of Mayo Clinic's recently announced integrated oncology facility which will be constructed at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. While carbon ion therapy was discovered in the United States in the 1970s, there currently are no carbon ion therapy treatment centers in North America. The te  more

Moffitt Cancer Center Receives 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Patient Experience for Fifth Time
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Moffitt Cancer Center issued the following news release: Moffitt Cancer Center has been recognized as a winner of the 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for its commitment to offering an exceptional patient experience. This is the fifth consecutive year that Moffitt has received the recognition. The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. The award honors organizations that have maintained a  more

Ocala Electric Utilities Participates in Municipal Solar Project
OCALA, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The city of Ocala issued the following news: Ocala Electric Utility (OEU), participated in a groundbreaking event on Nov. 18 for the Florida Municipal Solar Project. This large-scale solar energy project will enable OEU to provide renewable energy to its customers in a cost-effective way. Considered one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States, the Florida Municipal Solar Project is a joint effort between OEU, 11 other Florida municipal ele  more

OIR Approves a 7.5% Decrease to Florida's Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued the following news release: Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a Final Order granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall decrease of 7.5% for Florida workers' compensation insurance rates. This applies to both new and renewal workers' compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2020. "Florida is an ideal place   more

Orlando Economic Partnership: Measuring Progress Toward Broad-Based Prosperity
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 20 -- The Orlando Economic Partnership issued the following news release: The Orlando Economic Partnership's (the Partnership) Foundation for Orlando's Future unveiled the Orlando Prosperity Scorecard, an interactive, simple and powerful tool designed to deepen the region's understanding of the factors impacting progress toward economic security and well-being, at its 2019 Annual Dinner. Through this framework, broad-based prosperity is identified as an outcome that exist  more

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes New Board Members
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Port Tampa Bay issued the following news: Port Tampa Bay welcomes Mr. Ted Conner and the Honorable Sandra Murman to the Board of Commissioners. Mr. Conner was appointed to the Board by Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Murman was selected as the representative from the Hillborough County Board of Commissioners. Both were sworn in during Port Tampa Bay's Board Meeting yesterday. Ted Conner is a Senior Vice President, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company  more

President Emerita Dr. E. Ann McGee Wins James L. Wattenbarger Award: Seminole State College
SANFORD, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Seminole State College issued the following news document: The Association of Florida Colleges and the Florida College System Council of Presidents are excited to announce that this year's James L. Wattenbarger Award winner is Dr. E. Ann McGee, President Emerita, from Seminole State College of Florida. Dr. McGee is the 20th recipient of the honor. To be considered for the award you must meet the following criteria: * Demonstration of an exceptional commitment to on  more

Raymond James Financial Reports October 2019 Operating Data
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Raymond James Financial issued the following news release: In an effort to provide timely information to investors about general trends in our major business segments, we are releasing selected operating data for October 2019. Due to the limited nature of this data, a consistent correlation to earnings should not be assumed. Record client assets under administration of $853.9 billion increased 13% over October 2018 and 2% over September 2019. Record financia  more

Researchers Study Predictors of Retention in HIV Care, Viral Suppression: Florida International University
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 21 [TNSmedicalresearch-International Journal of STD & AIDS]-- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news: According to the Centers for Disease Control, Florida has the third highest rate of HIV diagnosis in the United States with a large concentration of those diagnosed in South Florida. Currently about 115,000 people live with HIV in Florida, with an estimated 26 percent not currently in HIV care. A   more

Sarasota County: Emergency Services Partners With Schools
SARASOTA, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Sarasota County issued the following news: * * * - Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota County Emergency Services and the Florida Division of Emergency Management Partner on Hurricane Preparedness * * * Through a collaborative effort with Sarasota County Emergency Management, Sarasota County Schools has received a $1,057,700.00 grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management to make improvements to select schools currently serving as hurricane evacuation ce  more

Scientists First to Develop Rapid Cell Division in Marine Sponges: Florida Atlantic University
BOCA RATON, Florida, Nov. 23 [TNSbiologyresearch-Scientific Reports journal] -- Florida Atlantic University, a component of the state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: Vertebrate, insect, and plant cell lines are important tools for research in many disciplines, including human health, evolutionary and developmental biology, agriculture and toxicology. Cell lines have been established for many organisms, including freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates. Despite  more

Tampa Bay Pilots Association Names New Executive Director
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 20 -- Port Tampa Bay issued the following news: The Tampa Bay Pilots Association enthusiastically announced Terry Fluke as its new Executive Director. Fluke, currently with Nova International Shipping Services, a wholly owned Cargill Inc. subsidiary will assume the role in January 2020. Terry Fluke brings over thirty-four years of maritime operations in various positions in Tampa Bay. Fluke graduated from the University of South Florida in 1983 with a degree in Finance. He  more

Tampa Electric: Utilities and Consumer Protection Agency Join Forces to Shut Down Scammers and Protect Customers
TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 18 -- Tampa Electric issued the following news release: * * * - Utility Scam Awareness Week runs this week * * * Better Business Bureau serving West Florida, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are joining forces to help shut down utility scammers and protect consumers and businesses by participating in the fourth annual Utility Scam Awareness Week, Nov. 17 to 23. Gas and electric utility companies across North America are also working together as part of a  more

University of Central Florida Takes 2nd Nationally in Department of Energy's CyberForce Competition
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The University of Central Florida issued the following news: * * * - The Collegiate Cybersecurity Competition team, known as Hack@UCF, also took 1st place in its regional matchups at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. * * * Competing against more than 100 of the top collegiate cybersecurity teams in the nation, UCF took 2nd place nationally in Saturday's fifth annual CyberForce Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. UCF's Collegiate Cyber  more

University of Florida: Re-Arranging Earth Was Bad News for Dinosaurs
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The University of Florida issued the following news: In the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous, as the Atlantic Ocean was forming and Pangaea began to break into the landmasses we know today, dinosaurs and early mammals had a good life. Creatures in what is now North China roamed lush green forests full of rivers and lakes that teemed with amphibians and fish. Food and water were plentiful. As time went on, however, these humid, temperate areas dried out. The f  more

University of Miami: Dr. Meredith Holcomb is First Woman, First Audiologist to Chair American Cochlear Implant Alliance
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine issued the following news: Miller School of Medicine audiologist Meredith A. Holcomb, AuD, CCC-A, is the new chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA). Dr. Holcomb is the first woman and first audiologist to chair the national organization made up of clinicians, scientists, educators, consumer advocates and industry representatives. The not-for-profit ACIA is charged with improving access to cochlear im  more

University of West Florida Board of Trustees Welcomes Three Appointees
PENSACOLA, Florida, Nov. 18 -- The University of West Florida, a component of public state university system in Florida, issued the following news release: The Florida Board of Governors has appointed Stephanie White and Jill Singer and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reappointed Alonzie Scott to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees. White, an attorney specializing in adoption and child-related issues, and Singer, vice president of national security for AT&T, will replace Adrianne Co  more

Vanna White Selected As Godmother for New Carnival Panorama
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 22 -- Carnival, a leisure travel company, issued the following news release: The most popular cruise line - Carnival Cruise Line - has selected one of the most popular television hostesses ever - Vanna White - as godmother for Carnival Panorama when she is officially named during its ceremony in Long Beach, Calif., on December 10. "Vanna has been that welcoming face, cheering on and watching over Wheel of Fortune contestants for decades, and we love the fact that Vanna wil  more

Volusia County: New Building and Code Administration Director Earns County Council Confirmation
DELAND, Florida, Nov. 19 -- Volusia County issued the following news release: Kerry Leuzinger, Volusia County's chief building official for the last three years, has been promoted to building and code administration division director following his confirmation by the Volusia County Council on Tuesday for the position. After outlining his qualifications, which include more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, County Manager George Recktenwald told the council that the count  more

What They Are Saying:Environmental Leaders React to Governor Ron DeSantis' Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 19 -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis released his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget, which continues historic levels of funding for the environment, including Everglades restoration, targeted water quality improvements, alternative water supply and innovative technologies. Here is what environmental leaders and stakeholders are saying about the proposed budget: "We applaud Go  more