Florida News that impacts you – September 24th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran stated the reopening of Florida’s K-12 schools through the first five weeks has been “amazing”. Crediting school districts with successful reopening's for classroom education – he indicated that over half of Florida’s K-12 students are learning in person. He also said potential exposure to COVID-19 statewide has been 2,000 people with fewer than 50 students or staff who’ve contracted the coronavirus while attending school.
- For the first time since 2012 Citizens property insurance, the state’s insurer of last resort, is adding policies. Over the past decade as Florida’s property insurance market recovered from the financial crisis, Citizens was able to shed policies. However, the recent increase in natural disasters, starting with hurricane Irma in 2017, has led to many insurers scaling back operations in Florida – in addition to significantly raising property insurance rates.
- Florida AG Ashley Moody is investigating the Floridia Rights Restoration Coalition’s effort, which has been predominantly funded by Michael Bloomberg, to pay off the debts of former felons to enable them to vote in November’s election. In a letter to the FDLE and the FBI, Moody stated the law states it’s unlawful to directly or indirectly give or promise anything of value to another in casting his or her vote.
- Governor DeSantis announced five judicial appointments on Wednesday. The judges will fill vacancies at the Second Circuit Court, Tenth Circuit Court, Twentieth Circuit Court, the Leon County Court and Escambia County Court.