Florida Gov. Rick Scott News

Residents in Southwest Florida Evacuated as Brush Fires Spread

Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to …

Florida Gov Declares Emergency As More Than 100 Wildfires Burn Across State

The Florida Forest Service says more than 100 active wildfires are burning across the state right now. The Tampa Bay Times reports 25 of them are scorching more than 100 acres each. Since February, wildfires have swept across 68,000 acres …

Florida Continues Aggressive Efforts to Stop Zika

Florida officials say they’re continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with Miami-Dade County officials to discuss Zika preparedness ahead of Florida’s rainy season, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Officials said …

Florida Judge Finds Pollution Notification Rule is Invalid

A Florida judge says a rule requiring companies to notify the public of pollution events within 24 hours is invalid. The new rule was pushed by Gov. Rick Scott after it took weeks for the public to be notified about …

Florida Watching Hurricane Matthew, Governor Urges Residents to Prepare

  As the Caribbean waits for what is expected to be a category 4 Hurricane, Florida is preparing for the possibility of catching the tail end of the strong storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Sunday after he …

Florida Gov Orders Investigation into St. Petersburg Sewage Spill

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate a sewage spill in St. Petersburg. Heavy rain during Hurricane Hermine overloaded the city’s sewer systems, sending millions of gallons of sewage to flow into streets and …

Florida’s First Hurricane in 11 Years ‘Could Have Been a Lot Worse’ for Industry

  The 11-year hurricane drought in Florida is officially over. While preliminary damage estimates and claims are still trickling in from Hurricane Hermine, Florida’s first named hurricane since 2005, the consensus from the insurance industry is it could have been …

Thousands in Florida Capitol Still Without Power Days After Hermine

The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger played on social media and in the political …

Mayor of Florida City Charged With Insurance Fraud, Suspended by Governor

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended from office the mayor of the central Florida city of Tavares after he was charged with insurance fraud. Scott issued the executive order on July 14, one day after Mayor Robert Wolfe was arrested …

Florida Passes Expanded Medical Marijuana Legislation, Bill Heads to Governor

Florida’s contentious medical marijuana legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Scott. After 21/2 hours of debate on Monday, the Senate approved a House version of a bill (HB 307) that would expand the so-called “Right to Try” act, allowing medical …