Thursday, August 5, 2021
State regulators should reject FPL’s shortsighted rate hike While Floridians were faced with hardships ranging from a global pandemic to an unprecedented unemployment crisis, FPL actually increased its profits by 10 percent. Now, the company is asking for $2 billion...
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., hosted a roundtable with key stakeholders on water quality in Southwest Florida. The Gulf Coast is currently experiencing severe levels of red tide. Red tide is caused by toxin-producing algae that is extremely...
Members of the Florida congressional delegation called on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Richard Spinrad to support Florida’s manatees by aiding efforts to improve water quality and prevent harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon estuary.
The bill “will that will improve the resiliency of communications networks during emergencies.”
The funds will reimburse First Baptist Church for labor, materials and equipment which addressed the immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public in eight of the church's primary buildings to include mold remediation for high temperatures and water intrusion, tarping over roofs, boarding up windows, water removal and the use of dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioning units and multiple generator sets.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., introduced the “Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Act” which would have the U.S. Interior Department “amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and designate segments of the Kissimmee River as a component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., is co-sponsoring the measure. 
Currently there are six US&R teams that are status level "green," meaning they are ready for deployment. The State Fire Marshal’s Office oversees Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force teams, which are deployed to aid communities that have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster.
Floridians must monitor the latest weather reports and visit now for important disaster preparedness resources to ensure you can recover quickly,” Patronis said.
The South Florida congresswoman’s office noted that the recent collapse of a condo in Surfside helped lead to the proposal. 
“Tropical Storm Elsa is headed toward Florida, bringing life-threatening storm surge along our Gulf Coast, strong winds and very heavy rainfall. Communities in the Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Big Bend regions will face the most serious and dangerous weather, including the threat of tornadoes. We know severe weather can change very quickly and should not be underestimated,” Scott said.