Florida News that impacts you – July 16th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- In a meeting that lasted past midnight, due to several hours of public comment and which included a power outage, the Palm Beach County School Board voted for online only education to start the school year. The board failed to vote on a start date which is yet to be determined.
- Florida’s Senate Democrats have created a plan they call “Step Back to Safety”, which would roll back reopening statewide. The plan also calls for mandatory masks and a reopening of schools only after the state’s positive rate is 5% or lower for two consecutive weeks. Notably, the CDC’s target rate is 10% and Florida’s positive test rate is now in question as numerous labs only reported positive test results.
- Florida State University’s Student Government Association has voted to redefine anti-Semitism. The SGA adopted the standard recently adopted by the state of Florida which states: Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities
- All Disney properties in Orlando have now reopened with Epcot and Disney’s Hollwood Studios reopening yesterday. Like the Magic and Animal Kingdom parks- masks, social distancing and daily caps on visitors are in place.