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Cheers! Florida city may legalize public alcohol drinking

GAINESVILLE  (AP) — The city that is home to the University of Florida may allow people to drink legally from open containers in public places such as sidewalks. The Gainesville Sun reports that the city commission plans a vote Monday on whether to allow open drinking on city property or ...

Gov. DeSantis launches Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative

Orlando – Gov.  Ron DeSantis today announced $106 million to establish the Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative. The funding will be used to create and award qualified teachers with the Florida Civics Seal of Excellence, which includes a $3,000 bonus for educators who complete training to ...

Company: Insured losses from Elsa could be $290 million

ATLANTA (AP) — A company that estimates damage from natural disasters says insured losses on land from Hurricane Elsa will be around $290 million. About $240 million of that was from wind and storm surge in the U.S., while damage on Caribbean islands totaled about $50 million, Boston-based ...

Cubans in Miami talk of boating to island to back protests

MIAMI (AP) — The United States Coast Guard in Miami is monitoring any activity aimed at increasing "unsafe and illegal" crossings between Florida and Cuba in response to rare street protests on the island. Rear Adm. Eric C. Jones issued a warning statement Monday night as groups of Cuban ...

Searchers recover personal possessions from collapse rubble

By TERRY SPENCER and KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — When the body of 4-year-old Emma Guara was pulled from the rubble of last month's Florida condominium collapse, she was wearing the silver necklace her mother recently gave her, the pendant shaped like half a heart ...

Death toll in Florida condo building collapse rises to 95

SURFSIDE  (AP) — The death toll in the Miami-area condominium building collapse climbed to 95 on Tuesday as crews worked for a 20th day to find victims in the rubble. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 14 people remain unaccounted for in the June 24 collapse of Champlain ...

Florida town weighs how to honor those lost at Champlain Towers

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — As crews keep searching for those still missing in the collapse of their beachfront condos nearly three weeks ago, the question is swirling across the ruins of the Champlain Towers South: What will become of the ground that bears ...

Crash, fuel spill closes Florida’s Turnpike south of Orlando

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Turnpike was shut down in both directions early Monday due to a crash involving two tanker trucks, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened just before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes near the Kissimmee Park Road exit at mile marker 237, according ...

Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI (AP) — A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission ...

Lively leader of Cuban American community among Surfside victims

By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer Sixty years before Juan Mora's Florida condo building came crashing down, killing him and at least 89 others, he was among hundreds of Cuban exiles who signed up for a covert, CIA-funded operation to overthrow Fidel Castro's Soviet-backed ...