Thursday, August 5, 2021
Earlier this week, the Florida Seaports Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) released a report which shows that Florida’s seaports experienced declines consistent with the overall trend for 2020. Waterborne trade value, for example, decreased 16.1 percent compared to 2019, which is a drop off of $14.1 billion.
DeSantis ordered the rates lowered from $4.50 to $2.30 for drivers with a SunPass and from $5.00 to $2.75 for drivers paying cash. 
Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro weighed in on Wednesday about the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, which begins Sat., July 31 and ends Mon., Aug. 9.
The bill would “allow for an open re-enrollment for the nearly 1,600 veterans who withdrew from the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) prior to the repeal of the ‘Widow’s Tax’ in the FY2020 NDAA.”
This past spring, the American Trucking Association (ATA) stressed the industry needed to hire more than 60,000 drivers across the nation to meet the growing demand.
On Tuesday, the Florida Seaports Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) released Seaport Mission Plan: Navigating Beyond the Pandemic, a report providing an in-depth data review of COVID-19’s impact, as well as forthcoming opportunities, for Florida’s 15 seaports.
According to the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a group of higher ed leaders, there are around 450,000 of undocumented students enrolled in the nation's higher-education system.
While Florida remains under the national average of $3.16 a gallon, Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said he expected prices to remain steady this week.  
The Division of State Fire Marshal works with each local recipient to distribute the funds and help them meet the required deliverables.