Articles by Bobby Caina Calvan

Associated Press

Florida Gov Lifts Virus Restrictions On All Businesses

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. …

New Florida Laws Address Climate Issues, Require Sea Level Study for Construction

Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms – and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive …

Firefighters Battle Raging Florida Wildfire as Many Florida Residents Return Home

For two sleepless nights, Kelly Kniss had wondered what had become of her home in the Florida Panhandle and the two dozen hens she and her husband Ryan had left behind after authorities ordered them to grab what they could …

DeSantis Declares Parts of Florida ‘On the Other Side’ of Outbreak

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asserted on Sunday that parts of the state are now “on the other side” of the coronavirus outbreak, and said he would soon announce whether he would lift edicts that shuttered much of the state’s economy …

Florida to Aggressively Test Nursing Home Patients, Staff

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the state will more aggressively inspect nursing homes to detect patients and staff who are infected with the coronavirus while officials said it appears the disease’s expansion in the state may be reaching a …

Update: Florida Bans Nursing Home Visits as Coronavirus Spreads

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday banned most visits to nursing homes statewide as he acknowledged the coronavirus has likely spread into the general population. Meanwhile, officials closed world-famous South Beach to prevent college spring breakers from congregating. During a news …

Visits to Florida Nursing Homes Restricted Amidst Coronavirus Spread

Gov. Ron DeSantis placed limits Wednesday on who can can visit Florida’s nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, bidding to protect the state’s sizeable and vulnerable elderly population from the new coronavirus. The governor took the step by executive …

Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus

Swift-moving developments over the new coronavirus ricocheted across Florida’s Capitol as Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Monday and lawmakers disrupted their legislative session so crews in surgical gowns could swab down the House chambers. Facing a growing …

Florida Lawmakers Weigh Proposals to Fight Algae Blooms

The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known …

Florida Lawmakers Propose Task Force to Protect State from Sea-Level Rise

After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday, advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect …