Florida News That Impacts You – October 14th, 2021
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Five potential maps for Florida’s redistricting have been made available at floridaredistricting.gov - the official site maintained by the Florida legislature for the redistricting process. The first five proposed maps are citizen submissions which have been determined to meet the guidelines necessary for potential consideration. The legislature is actively working on their own maps though no official proposals have been completed yet. The state legislature is tasked with adopting new maps in the upcoming session. The map will account for Florida’s additional congressional district gained through the 2020 Census.
- Florida’s COVID-19trend continued lower nearing pre-Delta surge levels. With 2,505 new cases reported, Florida’s averaged exactly 3,000 new cases daily over the past week. That’s the lowest since July 8th. Related...
- 133 fewer Floridians are hospitalized with COVID-19 today. Florida entered Thursday with 3,153 hospitalizations for the virus statewide – the lowest since July 11th.
- After $8 million was allocated by the state legislature to specifically address the needs of Florida Fish and Wildlife to assist with restoring Florida’s manatee habitats, the Institute is now saying they need an additional $3 million to deal with the critical needs of Florida’s manatee population, especially babies, as the state has faced a crisis this year with 11% of the total manatee population having already died this year with starvation being the most common cause of death. The $3 million would primarily be used to create additional pools for FWC to nurse calves.