Florida News that impacts you – September 9th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Governor DeSantis vetoed a bill to raise the legal age for tobacco products and to banned flavored vapes. He stated the law would be redundant with federal law and would hinder the effort to reduce traditional cigarette use. He also suggested black market vapes would be sought as an alternative.
- DeSantis announced the Lost Wages Assistance program, which will provide eligible Floridians an extra $300 weekly in unemployment benefits, are now ready to paid out. Benefits will be made retroactive to August 1st for those eligible. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 2.1 million Floridians are eligible.
- A second consecutive day of just over 1800 reported COVID-19 cases in Florida, led to the fewest daily cases reported since June 15th and brought the weekly average for cases down to the lowest level since June 19th.
- President Trump signed an executive order, during his stop at the Jupiter Lighthouse, which expanded the moratorium on offshore drilling to include the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The order is in force through 2032.