Tuesday, June 18, 2019
With almost 40 million Americans hitting the road for the Independence Day holiday, AAA is warning they will find gas prices more than 50 cents higher than last year.
New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to power thanks in part to President Donald Trump and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and he showed no inclination of breaking ranks with his fellow Republicans on some core issues when he started his service in Tallahassee on Tuesday. 
Rubio and Nelson teamed up on Thursday to send U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, a letter on the matter.
“Millions of Americans are making plans for summer vacations, visiting famous landmarks in Europe, family attractions stateside, and anything in between,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group.
Tourism added $112 billion to Florida’s economy last year and employed more than 1.4 million residents of the Sunshine State last year. 
With July now halfway over, Floridians can expect to see some changes in gas prices in the weeks to come, according to a report released on Monday.
AAA released its AAA Consumer Pulse survey this week and forecast a strong year for travel. The survey found that a vast majority of Floridians--84 percent--plan to take at least one vacation this year lasting three days or more, up 1 percent from 2018. 
With summer nearing its end, gas prices in the nation and across the Sunshine State are starting to drop though they are still 50 cents more per gallon than this time last year. 
“I was happy to visit Tampa International Airport today to discuss the role that tourism plays in generating economic development to Florida,” said DeSantis. “This industry has never been stronger, and the benefits of tourism to our state are shared by every Floridian.”
On Thursday, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment celebrated the groundbreaking of its new headquarters to be based at SeaWorld Orlando. The 40,725 square foot, three-story building will be a shared home for ambassadors from the current Park Support Center and...