SeaWorld Offers Free Admission for U.S. Military Veterans and their Families

Starting on Monday and going through July 15, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is offering free admission for U.S. military veterans and their families at...

Florida Congressional Democrats: Orlando International Airport Getting $233 Million From Infrastructure Bill

This week, U.S. Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., announced that under the $1.75 trillion infrastructure bill, Orlando International...
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Jay Trumbull Plans to Use Appropriations Subcommittee Gavel to Help Panhandle After Hurricane

One of the younger members of the House--he turns 30 in February--Trumbull sits on a number of key committees including the Appropriations, the Rules and the State Affairs Committees. He also sits on the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.

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Volusia County Woman Accidentally Receives $3.4 Million from COVID Economic Revitalization Grant Amy Williams of Holly Hill claims she received a $3.4 million economic revitalization...
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Florida Forest Service Closes Campgrounds, Stops Tours Due to Coronavirus

On Tuesday, the Florida Forest Service announced actions being taken to ensure the safety of the public and state employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. These actions include ceasing tours and public outreach programs, and the closure of state campgrounds and campsites.

House Passes Kathy Castor’s Proposal to Study Impact of Coronavirus on Travel, Hospitality Industries

At the end of August, Castor brought out the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.

AAA: Expect Gas Prices to Rise in Florida and Across Nation Before Independence Day

Noting that oil prices have reached the highest point in more than three years including crude oil rising $7 a barrel in the past week, AAA warned that gas prices will rise in the short run. 

Two Florida Airports Ranked Among Top 10 in America

Last week, Condé Nast Traveler published its annual Reader's Choice awards for the Best Airports in America. Two airports in Florida made the top 10 list as Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) ranked eighth and Tampa International Airport (TPA) ranked sixth.

Visit Florida Board of Directors Approves Dana Young to be President, CEO

On Monday, the Visit Florida Board of Directors unanimously backed incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis’ nomination of former state Sen. Dana Young to be the president and CEO of Visit Florida.
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Universal Announces Fourth Orlando Theme Park: Epic Universe

Comcast disclosed that Epic Universe is being built on a multi-hundred-acre plot of land northeast of the Orange County Convention Center, approximately four miles from Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

Florida Tourism Industry Still Recovering From COVID-19 Impact

Since the reopening of the state, the tourism industry is starting to see positive trends in employee retention, an increase in the average hotel occupancy rate, and higher percentages of revenue and profit since July. Although the trends demonstrate positive improvements, more than half of tourism partners surveyed believe the impact of the pandemic response will continue until sometime between the third quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.
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Interior Department Suwanee River Wilderness Trail Added to National Trails System

U.S. Interior Sec. David Bernhardt announced 30 new trails in 25 states, adding almost 1,300 miles to the National Trails System.
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