Articles by Brendan Farrington

New Florida Law Seeks to Protect State from Sea Level Rise

Florida – one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise – will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis …

COVID-19 Liability Bill for Florida Businesses, Healthcare Providers Signed by Gov

Florida businesses, governments and healthcare providers will be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. The legislation …

Florida Lawmakers Send COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill to Governor

Florida businesses, governments and healthcare providers will be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a bill the House sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. …

Florida House Approves COVID Liability Shield for Businesses

Florida businesses would be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a bill passed by the House on Friday. The House also passed a bill that would …

Florida Introduces Bill to Protect Businesses from COVID-19 Lawsuits

Florida businesses would be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow state-issued guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a proposal approved Monday at its first Senate committee stop. While Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis …

Red Tide Reappears off Florida’s Southwest Coast

Red tide is back in the waters off of Florida’s southwest coast, making birds sick and killing fish, according to a state environmental agency update on Wednesday. While satellite imagery isn’t picking up the toxic algal blooms, the Florida Fish …

Florida Nursing Homes Will Be First to Receive COVID Vaccine

Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine when Florida begins receiving it later this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said. DeSantis’ priorities, announced in in a video last week, largely reflect the …

Appeals Court: Florida Public School Can’t Punish Student for Gender Nonconformity

xA Florida school district was wrong when it forced a transgender high school student to either use the girls bathroom or a single-stall gender neutral bathroom, a federal appeals court ruled. The ruling issued Aug. 7 sides with Drew Adams, …

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 …

As Florida Virus Cases Spike, Officials Shut Down Bars

The state of Florida set on Saturday another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases. Florida health officials reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials …