Monday, May 25, 2020
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. 
More than 300 participants from across the state met at the Audubon Assembly in Gainesville this week as the group honored U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., for their work protecting the Everglades.
Democrats in the Florida delegation in the U.S. House urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to shut down beaches across the Sunshine State.
On Friday, Scott showcased a Visit Florida program to help the region. 
“Appropriated by Congress, this funding can be used for debris removal; emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities such as roads, buildings, and utilities,” Crist’s office noted.
This week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will send $400,000 to Lee County to help fight red tide, raising the total funds sent there to $1.1 million.
The White House announced on Monday night that it had approved the declaration. 
With the Legislature starting its regular session this week, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried could be on center stage as the only Democrat in the state Cabinet and with GOP majorities in the House and Senate.
Most Florida Democrats--53 percent--don’t know enough about O’Rourke to really have an opinion while 39 percent see him favorably and only 6 percent view him unfavorably.