Thursday, August 22, 2019
The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) released a report on Wednesday noting that the average family in the Sunshine State will spend $139 per person for Father’s Day, part of $16 billion in spending expected around the nation for the holiday.
At the end of last week, representatives from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia wrote to retiring U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is expected to take over as speaker in January, on the matter, calling for agricultural assistance from the federal government by the end of the year. 
"Florida drivers may see gas prices rise another 10 cents this week," said Jenkins. "Both planned and unplanned refinery maintenance, rising demand, and the switch to summer gasoline continue to contribute to the seasonal springtime jump at the pump. Based on current conditions, gas prices will likely peak sometime between Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day weekend."
Since 1963, Harris Insights and Analytics, a market research firm, has run one of the longest running surveys--dubbed the Harris Poll--measuring public opinion in the U.S. and the 2018 version has been released. 
Florida officials are warning that scammers are out in force during the holiday shopping season and are warning shoppers as they ready to hit the stores and go online. 
On Friday, Buchanan visited the SBA Disaster Assistance Center in Sarasota to focus on  Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loans. Small businesses located in Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough counties hurt by red tide can apply for those loans. 
Speaking to the Florida Radio Network, Bill Herrle, the NFIB’s executive director for Florida, says the problem is so bad in Florida that “it’s cost the state around 126,139 jobs and $614.8 million in annual state revenues.
The program from Amazon is called Rekognition and the city has twice tested the technology. The first trial run went from December 2017 to June 2018.
Like Patronis, Rivard is based out of Panama City where he is a partner at Harrison, Rivard, Duncan and Buzzett. Rivard is no stranger to public service, including serving as chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 
DeSantis needs to get in gear and win back some of those independents from Gillum and the economy remains his best card to play. He’s going to have to step up his efforts if he wants to keep the governorship of the largest swing state in the nation in the GOP’s hands.