April 6, 2021

Florida

Florida governor issues order banning businesses from requiring ‘vaccine passports’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get service.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intent to issue an order banning so-called “vaccine passports.” His action also barred any government agency in Florida from issuing such documentation for the purpose of providing proof of vaccinations.

In his executive order, DeSantis asserts that “vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

Effective immediately, Florida businesses are barred from requiring patrons to provide documentation certifying COVID-19

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Florida home insurance rates set to skyrocket

Florida is headed into an insurance crisis. Rates for home insurance are rising, and hundreds of thousands of homeowners may not be able to get a policy at all.

Mandy Wells could be one of them. The Lee County resident is sick of living with a leaky roof.

“[The contractor] said we can get all this all covered for free,” Wells said.

The insurance company didn’t agree.

Experts say contractors like that are part of the reason insurance companies can’t afford to do business here. Two years

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South Florida residents dumbfounded by rising cost of home insurance

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The cost of homeowners insurance in Florida is going through the roof. Residents who say they have never filed a claim are getting hit with huge rate hikes.

Steve Eppley of Boynton Beach received quite a shock this month from his homeowner’s insurance provider.

He was hit with a $1,000 hike in one year for a home he’s owned since 2006, and he has never filed a claim.

“I calculated it to be a 52 percent increase,” Eppley said. “It’s not fair. What they’re doing isn’t fair.”

What happened to Eppley isn’t uncommon.

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Wealthy Florida Keys community vaccinated before rest of state: report

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced criticism over the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Florida.
  • One wealthy community was vaccinated at an above-average pace in January, the Miami Herald reported.
  • A resident, former Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois, donated $250,000 to DeSantis a month later.
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Nearly every eligible resident of a gated community in the Florida Keys had received coronavirus vaccinations by mid-January as the rest of the state struggled to get doses, the Miami Herald reported.

Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo had vaccinated nearly all of its 65-and-over residents, according to

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Former Florida congressman fined $456K in campaign finance scheme

Former Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) was fined $456,000 by a federal court on Tuesday for his role in a campaign finance scheme.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered Rivera to pay the money to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which had sued him in 2017 for secretly providing funds to a primary challenger of his eventual Democratic opponent in the 2012 election, according to details laid out in the court order.

Rivera lost that election to former Democratic Rep. Joe GarciaJose (Joe) Antonio GarciaFormer Florida congressman fined 6K in campaign finance scheme Overnight Defense:

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Florida Legislature Weighs Options to Address Rising Homeowners Insurance Costs

Three bills currently working their way through the Florida Legislature are designed to tackle the rising costs of homeowner roof claims, the costs of attorney fees in homeowner’s claims and issues surrounding notice to insurance carriers.

The proposed legislations come less than two years after Florida enacted an assignment of benefits law for homeowners’ property claims. But these latest efforts are meant to address the increasing costs of homeowners insurance due to market forces that were not addressed by the 2019 AOB bill. While these bills are preliminary and not law yet, it shows a shift in the legislature to

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