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Sunburn — The morning learn of what's sizzling in Florida politics — 11.16.22 – Florida Politics

Good Wednesday morning.

Karis Lockhart is becoming a member of The Southern Group after an in depth profession in state and native campaigns. She brings together with her experience in coverage and appropriations on points starting from financial progress and growth to infrastructure, sustainability, resiliency and catastrophe response.

“Karis actually grew up within the political course of and people early experiences have positioned her for untold success in Florida’s political enviornment,” Southern Group founder and Chair Paul Bradshaw mentioned. “The depth of her contacts and the sophistication of her political methods translate to wins, whether or not she’s on the marketing campaign path or within the halls of the Capitol. I’m assured our Southern purchasers are going to profit from her addition to our advocacy staff.”

Congratulations: Karis Lockhart brings her expertise in coverage and appropriations to The Southern Group.

Lockhart beforehand served because the Deputy Director of legislative and cupboard affairs for the Florida Division of Financial Alternative (DEO), the place she introduced numerous company precedence points to profitable conclusions. There, she helped safe funding and set up insurance policies supporting the state’s workforce, and efficiently championed the state’s rural financial growth grants packages. Different successes embody the implementation of the Neighborhood Growth Block Grant-Catastrophe Restoration (CDBG-DR) program and the institution of the Florida Workplace of Broadband.

Lockhart’s marketing campaign expertise consists of work for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2018 marketing campaign the place she cultivated relationships all through Florida’s political panorama, together with with metropolis, county and regional contacts in Central Florida, the place she is from.


@TheRickWilson: It’s wonderful to see how @RonDeSantisFL is disrespecting the person he as soon as worshipped. Unhappy! Weak! Low vitality! He owes (Donald) Trump a lot he needs to be in Mar-a-Lago parking vehicles for the large occasion tonight.

@maggieNYT: Trump says we went many years with no battle throughout his 4 years in workplace

@SenRickScott: The established order is damaged and large change is required. It’s time for brand new management within the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a daring conservative agenda. That’s why I’m operating to be the Senate Republican Chief.

@Paul_Renner: The 85-member @FLGOPMajority is now full! Floridians have elected the most important supermajority ever to steer with a conservative imaginative and prescient.

@RalstonReports: I’m genuinely puzzled by the notion that supposed leaders who’ve undermined religion in democracy by echoing Trump’s phony claims of voter fraud (and by no means relented) — it is a disqualifying offense for my part — needs to be given a pat on the again for conceding races this yr.

@CEvangelista413: Enjoyable day on Twitter the place the 2 principal subjects are Taylor Swift tickets and World Struggle III


FITCon 2022 begins — 1; ‘The Flash’ premieres — 2; The World Cup kicks off in Qatar — 6; The U.S. World Cup Soccer Workforce begins play — 9; Florida TaxWatch’s Annual Assembly begins — 18; ‘Willow’ premieres on Disney+ — 18; Georgia U.S. Senate runoff — 20; 2022 Florida Chamber Annual Insurance coverage Summit — 20; Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Stella Maris’ releases — 21; ‘Avatar 2’ premieres — 31; remaining Broadway efficiency of ‘The Music Man’ with Hugh Jackman — 47; The James Madison Institute’s Annual Dinner — 70; Bruce Springsteen launches his 2023 tour in Tampa — 77; ‘Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ premieres — 93; remaining efficiency of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on Broadway — 94; 2023 Legislative Session convenes — 111; ‘John Wick: Chapter 4′ premieres — 128; Swift’s ‘Eras’ Tour in Tampa — 148; American Affiliation of Political Consultants Pollies ’23 convention begins — 153; 2023 Session Sine Die — 170; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ premieres — 170; ‘Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse’ premieres — 198; Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ premieres — 247; ‘‘Captain Marvel 2′ premieres — 254; Dune: Half Two’ premieres — 352; ‘Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse’ Half 2 premieres — 499; ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ premieres — 555; Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Video games — 618; ‘Thunderbolts’ premieres — 618; ‘Blade’ reboot premieres — 660; ‘Deadpool 3’ premieres — 723; ‘Improbable 4’ reboot premieres — 821; ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ premieres — 898. ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’ premieres — 1,087.


Donald Trump files for another run at the presidency” by way of Christopher Cadelago, Meridith Mcgraw and Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO — Trump, who misplaced the 2020 election and left the White Home beneath the cloud of impeachment for his position within the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, is operating for President once more. It’s a rare — though long-anticipated — transfer for Trump, one sure to reshape his celebration’s trajectory, elevate sophisticated authorized questions and alter the presidency for the person who defeated him, Joe Biden.

Donald Trump makes it official. Picture by way of AP.

For months, Trump and his staff have been planning his announcement and sketching out a marketing campaign operation. There can be no formal marketing campaign supervisor for the upcoming run.

Brian Jack, who served as White Home political director for then-President Trump and presently runs Kevin McCarthy’s nationwide political operation, is anticipated to additionally play a key position within the marketing campaign and can give attention to the nuts and bolts of Presidential Major politics for Trump. As well as, Justin Caporale, a former prime aide to first woman Melania Trump who additionally served on the Trump 2020 marketing campaign, can have a senior managerial position. Two former Trump White Home officers — Clayton Henson and Alex Latcham — can be in senior political roles on the marketing campaign.

Taylor Budowich, Trump’s present spokesman, is not going to be a part of the marketing campaign however as an alternative will oversee the principal pro-Trump tremendous PAC, MAGA Inc. Tony Fabrizio, Trump’s longtime pollster, will do polling for the tremendous PAC.

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Trump campaign operation takes shape ahead of 2024 announcement” by way of Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Michael Scherer of The Washington Put up — In contrast with 2020, the 2024 bid is anticipated to have a smaller workers and funds, advisers say, as Trump has complained that his failed 2020 marketing campaign had too many individuals and spent an excessive amount of cash. He usually advised those that he didn’t even know what among the individuals on his final marketing campaign did. The brand new marketing campaign is anticipated to be based mostly in South Florida, advisers say, as an alternative of getting a Washington presence. Trump has advised others he needs to re-create the underdog vibe of the 2016 marketing campaign. The highest advisers embody Chris LaCivita, a longtime Republican strategist who’s directing an excellent PAC tied to Trump, and Susie Wiles, who helped Trump win Florida in his earlier two presidential bids and has led his political operation for the previous 18 months.

The marketing campaign is shaping as much as be fairly totally different from 2020. Picture by way of AP.

‘Fairly irrelevant’: Trump’s bid doesn’t change Ron DeSantis’ 2024 ambitions” by way of Gary Fineout and Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida — All indicators level to DeSantis possible operating for President in 2024, organising a rivalry with Trump over the Republican nomination and, extra broadly, the center of the GOP. However these near the Governor say he has not made a remaining choice but — and that Trump’s anticipated White Home bid gained’t change DeSantis’ trajectory, at the very least for the subsequent few months.

DeSantis will possible give attention to being Governor in the interim, with one Republican guide in DeSantis’ orbit saying Trump’s announcement is “pretty irrelevant for DeSantis.”

“He has the chance to spend the subsequent a number of months governing whereas Trump has to attempt to persuade individuals he nonetheless has the power and colleges to manipulate successfully,” mentioned the guide. “DeSantis controls his time-frame proper now, so it’s virtually like he will get to look at Trump punch himself out.”

Stephen Lawson, a Georgia-based strategist who was communications director for DeSantis’ profitable 2018 run for Governor, contended that the “regular common Republican” is able to again DeSantis over Trump, particularly after two impeachments, the violence of Jan. 6, the latest Mar-a-Lago FBI search, ongoing authorized battles over categorised paperwork discovered at Trump’s Florida residence and the GOP Midterm outcomes.

Lawson added that Trump’s assaults on fellow Republicans — together with DeSantis — aren’t serving to the previous President.

“Every choice [Trump’s] made is chipping away a small portion of his base assist — and when there’s a well-liked various ready within the wings, it hastens that course of,” he mentioned.

Trump confronts changed GOP ahead of Presidential announcement” by way of Alex Roarty of the Miami Herald — Trump has traded a Manhattan skyscraper for a Florida resort, golden escalators for palm timber, and an missed noon rollout for a intently watched prime-time spectacle. Quite a bit has modified for Trump since he final launched a presidential bid from outdoors the White Home in 2015 and never simply the surroundings. The previous President is broadly anticipated Tuesday to say that he’ll once more search the Republican Social gathering’s Presidential nomination, declaring his intentions throughout a 9 p.m. speech from his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Seashore. The announcement marks the beginning of a brand new chapter for Trump, one by which a politician who started his 2016 bid from Trump Tower in New York Metropolis to little fanfare will attempt to develop into the primary individual in additional than 125 years to retake management of the White Home after dropping an election.

Facebook reminds fact-checkers Trump is off limits if he says he’s running again for President” by way of Donie O’Sullivan of CNN — Fb’s fact-checkers might want to cease fact-checking Trump if he proclaims that he’s operating for President, in response to an organization memo obtained by CNN. Whereas Trump is presently banned from Fb, the fact-check ban applies to something Trump says and false statements made by Trump may be posted to the platform by others. Regardless of Trump’s ban, “Workforce Trump,” a web page run by Trump’s political group, remains to be lively and has 2.3 million followers. Tuesday’s memo from Meta underscores the challenges social media platforms face in deciding deal with one other potential Trump marketing campaign.


DeSantis on Trump criticism: ‘Check out the scoreboard’” by way of Alex Leary of The Wall Road Journal — DeSantis has a response to the criticism coming from Trump: Examine the scoreboard. DeSantis was requested throughout a information convention Tuesday concerning the former President’s anticipated announcement tonight of one other White Home bid and the sharp phrases Trump has directed at him. The Governor didn’t instantly tackle that — and didn’t point out Trump by title. Quite, DeSantis turned the query right into a grievance concerning the information media, whereas pointing to his enormous re-election win final week. “One of many issues I’ve realized on this job is while you’re main, while you’re getting issues finished, you are taking incoming fireplace. That’s simply the character of it,” DeSantis mentioned in Fort Walton Seashore throughout an occasion a couple of program to assist army households.

Ron DeSantis has a fast response to Donald Trump’s taunts.

What texts messages show about DeSantis’ plan to lure migrants away from Texas” by way of Mary Ellen Klas and Nicholas Nehamas of the Tampa Bay Instances — Weeks earlier than the state signed a contract with a Destin-based aviation firm to ship migrants from San Antonio to Democratic-leaning states at Florida taxpayer expense, executives with the politically related agency have been already in Texas with Florida officers planning the key mission, textual content messages launched by the Governor’s workplace late Monday present. The information, 87 pages in all, fill in new particulars on this system, exhibiting how a recruiter scoured San Antonio church buildings and a bus depot in the hunt for migrants keen to relocate and the way the administration of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott helped in guiding that effort.


Fabían Basabe wins close contest for HD 106 after recount” by way of Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics — One week after Election Day, the closest Home race in South Florida has a winner after a recount that stretched to Tuesday. Republican former actuality TV star turned stay-at-home dad Basabe would be the subsequent individual to characterize voters in Home District 106, a traditionally Democratic-leaning coastal space in Miami-Dade County. Basabe gained by a 0.46-percentage-point margin, with simply 242 votes greater than former Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Jordan Leonard. Basabe took 26,415 of 52,588 votes forged for 50.23% of the vote. Robert Rodriguez, the assistant deputy supervisor on the Miami-Dade Elections Division, confirmed the consequence.

Fabían Basabe ekes out a good win in Miami-Dade.

Senate President-designate Kathleen Passidomo picks a new Senate Secretary” by way of Florida Politics — Passidomo needs Tracy Cantella to be the subsequent Secretary of the Senate and despatched a memo to members asking them to elect Cantella to the submit. Passidomo despatched correspondence to all newly elected and returning Senators explaining why Cantella is the best individual for the submit, which she known as an “necessary constitutional position.” The Senate Secretary is the Parliamentarian of the Senate and is charged with retaining all Senate information, authenticating every act and determination handed by the Senate, publishing the journal and calendar, distributing public paperwork and offering invoice drafting companies. For the final decade, Cantella has served as skilled workers to the Senate Committee on Guidelines, coaching beneath John Phelps, the previous Clerk for the Home of Representatives, and the Guidelines Committee Workers Director.

Protected or public? Court asks SCOFLA to again weigh in on privacy of adverse incident reports” by way of Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics — A 3-member panel of the first District Court docket of Attraction (1DCA) is reversing a Leon County circuit courtroom ruling that might have required Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) to make discoverable an internally ready doc referred to as “affected person Security Report No. 67593.” The appeals courtroom additionally agreed Monday to ask the Florida Supreme Court docket whether or not the TMH-produced report is privileged and confidential beneath a federal regulation referred to as the Affected person Security Act of 2005 and, if that’s the case, whether or not the federal regulation preempts a state constitutional assure that residents have rights to adversarial medical incident experiences.

Moms for Liberty slams national teachers union for claiming it knows child needs best” by way of Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — A Florida-based parental rights group is slamming the nation’s largest instructor’s union over messaging that academics know higher what youngsters ought to be taught. Mothers for Liberty, headquartered in Melbourne, is taking subject with a Nationwide Training Affiliation (NEA) tweet. The instructor’s union posted, “Academics love their college students and know higher than anybody what they should be taught and to thrive.” Mothers For Liberty, although, mentioned dad and mom know their very own kids’s wants finest. “Let’s see if we may also help the NEA Right this moment out a bit bit right here,” the group clapped again.


Kevin McCarthy wins nomination for House Speaker, but grind ahead” by way of The Related Press — McCarthy cleared the primary main step Tuesday towards turning into Home speaker, successful the nomination on a vote by his GOP colleagues, however he now faces a weekslong slog to quell objections from his proper flank earlier than a remaining vote. McCarthy has led Home Republicans this far, and with them now on the cusp of majority management, he has an opportunity to grab the gavel from Nancy Pelosi if Democrats are defeated. The vote was 188-31, with ballots forged by newly elected and returning GOP lawmakers, and a few whose races haven’t but been known as. The formal vote for Home speaker will come when the brand new Congress convenes in January, and McCarthy might want to shore up assist from no fewer than 218 lawmakers with probably only a few votes to spare.

Kevin McCarthy will get the nod, however does he have the votes to develop into Speaker? Picture by way of AP.

Rick Scott challenges Mitch McConnell for GOP Senate leadership” by way of the Orlando Sentinel — Sen. Scott, who oversaw the Senate Republican marketing campaign arm in the course of the Midterm Election final week, mentioned Tuesday he’ll problem Sen. McConnell in an extended shot bid for minority chief. “I’m writing to you at this time as a result of I consider it’s time for the Senate Republican Convention to be way more daring and resolute than we have now been previously,” Scott mentioned in a letter to his colleagues. “I perceive that I gained’t achieve the assist of each member of our Convention, however all of us have a transparent option to make. For those who merely need to persist with the established order, don’t vote for me.”

Byron Donalds loses GOP Conference Chair bid to Elise Stefanik” by way of Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — U.S. Rep. Donalds has misplaced an extended shot bid to develop into the Home GOP Convention Chair. The Naples Republican challenged sitting Convention Chair Stefanik to develop into the No. 3 Republican within the Home. Stefanik gained with overwhelming assist from the Republican Convention in a 144-74 vote. “Because the Home Republican Convention Chair, I’ll proceed to work to; maintain our message disciplined, unified and on offense each single day, assist our agenda, execute an efficient speedy response technique to push again on the biased mainstream media in actual time, elevate all voices of our Convention to spotlight the extraordinary background and skills of each Member with the intention to talk, legislate, and WIN!” Stefanik mentioned in a press release.

U.S., Cubans will meet again in Havana: State Department” by way of Matthew Lee and Megan Janetsky of The Related Press — U.S. and Cuban officers plan to satisfy in Havana to debate migration coverage, the newest in a sequence of classes between two governments with a traditionally icy relationship and amid one of many largest migratory flights from the island in many years. Whereas the division didn’t provide specifics on what could be mentioned, it mentioned the talks have been routine and represented a continuation of an almost 30-year engagement with Cuba on migration issues as neighboring states. The talks have been restricted to migration, the State Division mentioned. U.S. authorities stopped Cubans practically 221,000 instances within the fiscal yr that ended Sept. 30, a 471% enhance from the yr earlier than.


We can now quantify Trump’s sabotage of the GOP’s House dreams” by way of Philip Wallach of The Washington Put up — Republicans’ disappointing efficiency may be attributed, at the very least partially, to Trump’s affect on candidate choice. However simply how a lot? We are able to put a quantity on it by seeing how Trump-supported candidates did in comparison with these Republicans he didn’t endorse. If we take a look at all 401 contests by which a single Democrat confronted a single Republican, there’s not a lot distinction. Relative to baseline expectations derived from their districts’ latest voting patterns, 144 Trump-endorsed candidates exceeded their baselines by a mean of 1.52 factors. In 257 races the place Trump didn’t endorse a Normal Election candidate, Republicans exceeded their baseline by 1.46 factors.

We are able to now put a quantity to the harm Donald Trump has inflicted on the GOP.

Chris Christie applauded after bashing Trump at GOP Governor meeting” by way of Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu of the Miami Herald — Christie obtained enormous applause at an annual assembly of Republican Governors Tuesday morning after blaming Trump for GOP failures within the final three elections. The refrain of Republican officeholders calling for the GOP to maneuver on from Trump is rising louder, driving the celebration to the brink of civil battle simply as the previous President prepares to announce his 2024 comeback bid.

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Florida Latinos catapulted Republicans in the 2022 election. Are they the outliers?” by way of Bianca Padró Ocasio and Shirsho Dasgupta of the Miami Herald — “This election proves what Ronald Reagan famously mentioned, that Latinos are Republicans, they simply don’t comprehend it,” U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar mentioned Tuesday at her victory celebration. “Till tonight, as a result of 2022 has been the yr of the Hispanic Republicans,” she added. Salazar’s assertion is true for Florida, the place Hispanic assist for Republicans within the 2022 election — and for Gov. DeSantis specifically — was essential to a decisive and crushing victory over Democrats, in response to a Miami Herald evaluation of precinct-level outcomes. The margin of victory for DeSantis — an almost 20-percentage-point distinction — has catapulted him onto the nationwide political stage and into a possible 2024 presidential run. However nationwide, the story of Hispanic voters is extra nuanced.

One week after election, Fort Lauderdale in turmoil. Voters picked 3 winners but none can be sworn in. Not yet anyway.” by way of Susannah Bryan of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Name it information of the bizarre. Fort Lauderdale may need chosen three new Commissioners on Election Day final week, however don’t count on any of them to be sworn in Tuesday as initially deliberate. Right here’s why: Winner John Herbst’s {qualifications} are being challenged by two dropping candidates; winner Warren Sturman gained by simply 49 votes and the outcomes gained’t be licensed till Friday; and winner Pamela Beasley-Pittman doesn’t need to be sworn in till the official outcomes are in. Meaning Fort Lauderdale solely has two individuals left on the Fee: Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Steve Glassman.

Dean Trantalis and Steve Glassman are the final two standing on the Fort Lauderdale Fee.

‘Shocked and surprised’: Superintendent Vickie Cartwright talks about being fired” by way of Lisa J. Huriash of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Broward Superintendent Cartwright on Tuesday acknowledged being “shocked and stunned” by the College Board’s late-night choice to fireplace her. However she says she’ll proceed to “act with integrity and a college students’ first mindset” within the time she’ll stay on the job. In a quick change with reporters, she shared her ideas concerning the College Board’s sudden transfer to fireplace her with a 5-4 vote on Monday evening. When a reporter requested her Tuesday if her firing was politically pushed, Cartwright mentioned she is “not ready to say what’s driving this.” She mentioned she “will proceed to go ahead, beneath my path that won’t change” for the subsequent 60 days.

Did Broward Superintendent’s firing violate ‘Sunshine Law’? Attorney weighs in.” by way of Lisa J. Huriash of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — A day after the College Board fired the Broward Colleges Superintendent, the college district’s legal professional confronted robust questions Tuesday over whether or not the late-night choice violated Florida’s public conferences regulation. In a last-minute vote late Monday evening, the College District voted 5-4 to terminate Broward Colleges Superintendent Cartwright after Board members expressed anger over scathing audits associated to 2 district distributors. At subject is whether or not the Board’s choice to fireplace the Superintendent was finished in compliance with Florida’s “Sunshine Legislation,” or whether or not the general public obtained correct discover in order that it might have an opportunity to take part. In response to the College Board’s questions Tuesday, faculty district legal professional Marylin Batista defined the regulation to the Board members.

Two DeSantis-backed Miami school board members unofficially sworn in by Lt. Gov.” by way of Sommer Brugal of the Miami Herald — The Miami-Dade County College Board Tuesday welcomed two new board members, Roberto Alonso and Monica Colucci, in an unofficial swearing-in ceremony that featured Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez administering the oaths of workplace and a priest that requested the “Heavenly Father” to make sure “our kids, our neighborhood and the nation will at all times have the precedence on you.” The unofficial ceremony was scheduled after the members-elect requested it “to facilitate sharing their swearing-in with family and friends and felt that it could be tough to get individuals to attend so near Thanksgiving.”

County Commission overrides veto, clears project outside urban boundary near Biscayne Bay” by way of Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald — Builders thwarted Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Tuesday when Commissioners voted to overturn a veto and permit building of a brand new warehouse advanced outdoors the present City Growth Boundary. Solely three of the 12 Commissioners sided with Levine Cava within the vote permitting the primary UDB enlargement since 2013 and the conversion of farmland right into a industrial advanced in an space the federal authorities might want for a serious Everglades restoration challenge. “It opens the floodgates for sprawl and unsustainable growth that threatens our financial system and our well being,” Levine Cava mentioned earlier than the override vote. It was the second veto since she took workplace in 2020, and the primary one overridden by the County Fee.

Leaders of Florida’s largest homeowners association charged in $2M fraud scheme” by way of David Ovalle, Linda Robertson and Charles Rabin of the Miami Herald — Present and former board members of the most important householders affiliation in Florida have been charged with plundering tens of millions of {dollars} from the group’s funds. Investigators arrested 5 members and distributors of the Hammocks Neighborhood Affiliation, which oversees 40 communities and over 6,500 items in West Kendall. They’re being accused of partaking in a sophisticated fraud, racketeering and money-laundering scheme that netted over $2 million in stolen funds. The Miami-Dade State Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned on Tuesday it would element the costs at a day information convention. The arrested members and distributors have been additionally anticipated to seem in Miami-Dade bond courtroom.

50-year, $2.8B Royal Caribbean deal sets sail at PortMiami” by way of Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics — In one of many largest offers ever for “the cruise capital of the world,” Miami-Dade Commissioners have authorized a growth and lease settlement with Royal Caribbean Cruises that over half a century will internet the county an estimated $2.8 billion. Commissioners authorized the deal, sponsored by Rebeca Sosa, with out dialogue Tuesday. The association consists of the development of a brand new Terminal G for unique use by Royal Caribbean and its subsidiary corporations, together with Movie star Cruises, and its lease there for 36 years. It additionally includes the continued redevelopment of Royal Caribbean’s world headquarters on the seaport that started earlier than the pandemic and an extension to its lease there by way of at the very least 2072.

Royal Caribbean has a house — with some new perks — by way of 2072. Picture by way of Jesse Scheckner.

Feds fine Frontier, 5 foreign airlines $7.25M over refunds for passenger cancellations, travel changes” by way of David Lyons of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Frontier Airways, which serves all three of South Florida’s worldwide airports, has been fined $2.2 million by the U.S. Division of Transportation (DOT) over delays in compensating passengers for flight cancellations or important adjustments of their journey plans. The ultra-low-cost provider, which relies in Denver, was the one U.S. airline disciplined in a case that additionally resulted in 5 overseas carriers being assessed fines and ordered to pay refunds. General, greater than $600 million in refunds have been returned to passengers by the six airways beneath guidelines backed by enforcement actions, the DOT mentioned. Frontier paid out $222 million. Between Frontier and the overseas airways, the company assessed $7.25 million in fines.

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Flooding along St. Johns River persists post-Tropical Storm Nicole; Volusia boat ramps closed” by way of Katie Kustura of The Daytona Seashore Information-Journal — Boat ramps remained closed Tuesday in Volusia County as flooding alongside the St. Johns River continued to make situations hazardous, officers mentioned. Volusia County authorities and Sheriff’s officers in a joint assertion requested residents and guests to remain off the St. Johns River. The submit states violators can be topic to arrest for trespassing and their automobiles topic to towing. The St. Johns River in DeLand “is forecast to stay inside average flood stage for the foreseeable future,” Kole Fehling, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service, wrote in Tuesday’s hazardous climate outlook.

The St. Johns River continues to flood Volusia County because of Nicole.

Orlando housing market flattens as interest rates hit 20-year high” by way of Trevor Fraser of the Orlando Sentinel — As the vacations close to, Orlando’s housing market has slowed to a crawl with dwelling costs and gross sales basically flat in October and stock persevering with to inch up, in response to a brand new report. Metro Orlando’s median dwelling value was $365,000 in October, unchanged from September, whereas the two,716 dwelling gross sales have been down by precisely one sale from the earlier month, in response to the survey by the Orlando Regional Realtor Affiliation. The affiliation seems to be at gross sales from Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Common mortgage rates of interest hit 7%, the best within the area since Could 2002, in response to the affiliation. That could be a 10% bounce from September.

Hotel tax revenue helps Orlando pay to host LSU-FSU to kick off 2023 college football season” by way of Stephen Hudak of the Orlando Sentinel — Orange County Commissioners Tuesday agreed to supply $500,000 in hotel-tax income to again Florida Citrus Sports activities’ successful bid for Tenting World Stadium to host a Florida State College and Louisiana State College rematch to open the 2023 faculty soccer season. The Vacationer Growth Tax Sports activities Incentive Committee endorsed paying the required “bid/host” payment for the occasion, anticipated to attract 65,000 spectators and generate an financial influence of $31.5 million for the nationally televised recreation between the 2 Prime 25 powers.

Texts show Disney objected to Venice ‘Indians’ name, as well as logo” by way of Steven Walker of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — Texts between Venice Excessive College’s principal and a consultant from Disney present that Disney objected to each the college’s use of the phrase Indians on its faculty marching band uniforms in addition to its emblem depicting a Native American in discussing the band’s scheduled efficiency at Walt Disney World earlier this month. The band wouldn’t have been in a position to play at its deliberate Nov. 12 efficiency at Disney World even with solely the phrase “Indians” and the Native American depiction obscured on their uniforms, the texts present. The picture on the Venice Excessive marching band uniforms usually accommodates an outline of a Native American face in entrance of the letter V.

Deltona’s new Mayor, Santiago Avila Jr., and newly-elected Commissioners sworn in” by way of Katie Kustura of The Daytona Seashore Information-Journal — Residents packed the Fee chambers for the swearing-in of the fourth Mayor on this metropolis’s 27-year historical past. Avila Jr., who gained the Mayor’s race with practically 53% of the vote on Nov. 8, took the oath whereas holding his 10-month-old daughter, Eliana; his spouse, Maria, held the Bible on which he swore. Additionally sworn in have been Metropolis Commissioners Tom Burbank, for District 1; Maritza Avila-Vazquez, for District 3; and Stephen Colwell, for District 5. The newly elected District 6 Commissioner, Jody Lee Storozuk, was out of city and can be sworn in when he returns. Residents additionally bid farewell to the outgoing Commissioners — Loren King, Victor Ramos, Heidi Herzberg and David Sosa — who obtained plaques from town for his or her service.

Deltona makes it official, Santiago Avila, Jr. is its new Mayor.

Seminole County to get $1.3M in restitution from Joel Greenberg, Seminole attorney says” by way of Jeff Weiner of the Orlando Sentinel — Seminole County will obtain greater than $1.3 million in restitution from Greenberg after in depth negotiations with the disgraced former tax collector, County Legal professional Bryant Applegate advised Commissioners. Applegate described the upcoming funds — a wire switch for $1.25 million to the county’s normal fund, facilitated by Greenberg’s lawyer, adopted by an anticipated $109,000 from the federal courtroom registry — as “solely the beginning of the restitution course of” for the county. Applegate, who’s additionally the appearing County Supervisor, mentioned he deliberate to show over Seminole’s full recordsdata on Greenberg’s misuse of county funds and assets to the Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement for a evaluate to determine if anybody else needs to be criminally charged.


Hillsborough rethinks naming courthouse auditorium for Andrew Warren” by way of C.T. Bowen of the Tampa Bay Instances — A portion of a downtown courthouse gained’t be named for ousted Hillsborough County prosecutor Warren. Hillsborough Commissioner Mariella Smith, who proposed naming an auditorium after Warren two weeks in the past, has withdrawn the plan. It had been scheduled to be thought-about and voted upon by the County Fee Wednesday throughout what would be the remaining assembly with the Board beneath Democratic management. Smith and fellow Democratic Commissioner Kimberly Overman misplaced their re-election bids final week. After the Nov. 22 swearing-in ceremony, the brand new Board can be a 4-3 Republican majority for at the very least the subsequent two years. “It’s simply not the best time to proceed,” Smith mentioned Tuesday.

Mariella Smith walks again a proposal to honor Andrew Warren.

Port Tampa Bay CEO gets $250K bonus, salary raised above $550K” by way of Jay Cridlin of the Tampa Bay Instances — Port Tampa Bay’s CEO is getting a bonus price practically half his wage. Paul Anderson was awarded the one-time $250,000 bonus by the port’s board on Tuesday, together with a 9% annual elevate that may bump his wage from $507,000 to just about $553,000. The elevate is retroactive to Oct. 1; it features a 6% cost-of-living elevate accessible to different port staff, in addition to a 3% advantage elevate based mostly on efficiency evaluations. About 90% of port staff additionally obtained this elevate. The bonus, which Commissioners mentioned may be taken in money or deferred compensation or money, can be paid on Jan. 1. Anderson’s $250,000 bonus dwarfs the one he obtained final yr price $160,000.

Tampa taps new convention center director” by way of C.T. Bowen of the Tampa Bay Instances — The Tampa Conference Middle has a brand new Govt Director — David Ingram who had been normal supervisor of the conference heart in Orange County. “It is a dwelling run rent for Tampa residents and the Tampa Conference Middle. Few individuals on the planet are as nicely ready to take our conference heart to the subsequent stage as David Ingram,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor mentioned in a information launch. Ingram began at Orange County Conference Middle in 2003 and has served as its appearing government director, assistant director, occasion operations division supervisor, occasion setup supervisor, and occasion supervisor. He additionally labored for The Walt Disney World Co. and Gaylord Palms Resort. He was employed after a nationwide search, following the retirement of the previous director, Una Garvey, in Could.

Downtown Clearwater transit center can move ahead after Pinellas Commission vote” by way of Jack Evans of the Tampa Bay Instances — Plans for a brand new public transit heart downtown will transfer ahead after the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority secured its remaining piece of funding Tuesday, with County Commissioners voting to place as much as $8 million towards the challenge. Commissioners voted 4-2 in favor of the funding, which that they had lowered from an preliminary $10 million request from the transit company. The county’s portion provides to just about $30 million in federal funding, in addition to commitments from the Florida Division of Transportation, county planning group Ahead Pinellas and town of Clearwater. The collaboration is “form of historic,” mentioned Brad Miller, the transit authority’s CEO.

A brand new Clearwater transit heart clears a serious monetary hurdle.

Phillies buy 13 acres next to Clearwater stadium for $22.5M” by way of Jay Cridlin of the Tampa Bay Instances — The Philadelphia Phillies have picked up a possible puzzle piece in a deliberate redevelopment of their Clearwater spring coaching headquarters. A bunch tied to the staff has bought a distressed 13-acre retail property instantly south of BayCare Ballpark for $22.5 million, in response to Pinellas County information. The location at 21688 U.S. 19 N features a Flooring & Decor retailer, which has 5 years remaining on its lease, and a lately shuttered Buffalo Wild Wings. The vendor, a restricted legal responsibility firm based mostly in Denver, filed for Chapter 11 chapter safety in Colorado in April. At the moment, the Phillies have been already nicely into negotiations to purchase the parcel, mentioned John Timberlake, the Phillies’ director of Florida operations.


Sarasota City Commissioners select Kyle Battie as new Mayor” by way of Anne Snabes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — Metropolis Commissioner Battie is Sarasota’s new Mayor. Battie, a former tv host, represents District 1, which encompasses most of the metropolis’s northern neighborhoods. Outgoing Mayor Erik Arroyo nominated Battie as Mayor throughout a gathering Monday afternoon, and the Fee voted unanimously for him to imagine the one-year submit. As Mayor, Battie will fill a ceremonial position and deal with operating the Fee conferences. The Mayor can also be usually handled as a spokesperson for town. In an tackle to these assembled at Metropolis Corridor, Battie thanked God, his relations, fellow Commissioners, metropolis constitution officers and different metropolis workers. He additionally expressed his appreciation for Sarasota’s residents and their enter.

Kyle Battie will get his shot as Sarasota Mayor.

Sarasota Republicans freak out at what’s for sale at Venice Pride” by way of Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — Republican officers in Sarasota are expressing outrage that intercourse toys have been publicly offered at Venice Delight. Jack Brill, appearing Chair of the Republican Social gathering of Sarasota County, mentioned if the Delight celebration claims to be a family-friendly occasion, there shouldn’t be cubicles with thong-wearing drag queens hocking such merchandise. “An outrageous and unacceptable show went on Sunday on the Venice Delight Competition that requires a full investigation. A show of rainbow-colored dildos have been on the market at a sidewalk sales space with kids strolling by, whereas a pair of drag queens in thongs, tutus and spike heels danced lasciviously in entrance of the gazebo in Centennial Park,” Brill mentioned.

Collier County faces bumps on its road to recovery from Hurricane Ian” by way of Laura Layden of the Naples Day by day Information — Collier County faces challenges and frustrations as it really works to rebound from Hurricane Ian. Amongst them: A scarcity of non permanent housing, a scarcity of workforce, and inadequate funding for nonprofits. The Federal Emergency Administration (FEMA) has promised to provide non permanent housing for displaced residents, however it hasn’t shared the main points, together with when journey trailers or cell houses may begin arriving. In a briefing to Collier Commissioners Tuesday, Dan Summers, the county’s emergency administration director, mentioned he didn’t have a lot data to supply on the housing entrance.

North Port police arrest 6 in undercover crackdown on unlicensed contractors after Ian” by way of Derek Gilliam of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — The North Port Police Division introduced it has arrested six individuals because the division cracks down on unlicensed contractors as property house owners rebuild following Hurricane Ian. In November, North Port police opened about three dozen investigations as a part of “Operation Con-Tractor” with assistance from the Florida Division of Skilled Regulation. The police investigation into the six individuals arrested started with detectives calling “marketed enterprise numbers from the plethora of roadside indicators and ads made on numerous social media websites throughout town of North Port,” in response to a information launch.

Fire Chief: Hurricane Ian evacuees left in parking garage to save more lives” by way of Kate Cimini of the Naples Day by day Information — The Fireplace Chief for North Collier Fireplace Rescue freely admitted that his first responders left Black Hurricane Ian evacuees in a mall parking storage in Naples whereas the storm raged round them. Nevertheless, Chief Eloy Ricardo mentioned that’s normal protocol in an emergency: first responders should prioritize saving as many lives as doable, which might imply merely shifting evacuees out of hazard. “Through the storm, we had a number of calls that needed to be triaged and put into maintain,” Ricardo mentioned. “We had individuals going into their attics, individuals on prime of their vehicles. … We had those that the water was dashing in, and we obtained saturated (with) calls.

Sarasota-Bradenton airport opens new Thanksgiving holiday parking option for $5 a day” by way of James A. Jones Jr. of the Bradenton Herald — Whether or not touring by air or automotive for the Thanksgiving vacation, you may count on a number of firm on the market, and your journey can be dearer, too. Sarasota Bradenton Worldwide Airport, one of many nation’s fastest-growing airports, is including parking to deal with the anticipated overflow. SRQ can be providing vacation low cost parking at 8101 North Tamiami Path from Monday, Nov. 21, by way of Wednesday, Nov. 23, with a shuttle service taking passengers on to the terminal. The associated fee is $5 per day with restricted availability. SRQ has additionally leased area from Circle Ok on former canine observe property south of College Parkway to assist with any overflow.

Crowd gets an extra surprise at ceremony for Bradenton area Agriculturist of the Year” by way of James A. Jones Jr. of the Bradenton Herald — The recipient of the Manatee County Agriculturist of the Yr Award is at all times a intently guarded secret. It comes as a shock to the honoree and to the viewers. Tuesday, Kiwanis President Neil Unruh had a bonus shock. In reminiscence of the late comic Gallagher, who gained fame smashing watermelons and different vegatables and fruits, Unruh smashed a watermelon from the dais at Kiwanis Corridor. In true Gallagher model, Unruh handed out yellow raincoats to these within the entrance row to guard them in opposition to the splatter. Saying that he had been inspired to have enjoyable on the assembly, Unruh hit the watermelon with two fast blows of a rubber mallet.

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Chamber says Jacksonville’s fintech growth, London trip secured Paysafe deal” by way of the Jacksonville Day by day Document — JAX Chamber CEO Daniel Davis mentioned the choice by world cell and on-line cost supplier Paysafe Ltd. to open its North American headquarters in Northeast Florida will “bridge the London/Jacksonville divide.” London-based Paysafe introduced Nov. 14 at JAX Chamber that it intends to convey 600 jobs to Jacksonville over the subsequent three years. Davis mentioned town’s rising footprint in monetary know-how and the chamber’s October journey to London have been pivotal to the deal. He mentioned fintech and monetary companies corporations weren’t Northeast Florida till Metropolis Council negotiated in 2003 to convey Constancy Nationwide Monetary Inc.’s headquarters to Jacksonville from California.

Paysafe bridges the London/Jacksonville divide.


DeSantis has reached a perilous point: Inevitability” by way of Dan Zak of The Washington Put up — DeSantis is an Inevitable. In 2018 he squeaked into the governorship of Florida by about 32,400 votes however was re-elected final week by a margin of about 1.5 million.

He reddened conventional Democratic counties, drafted massive shares of the youth, impartial and Hispanic votes, and constructed on his dealing with (nevertheless debatable) of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Ian. Over the course of this yr, in some polls, DeSantis pulled forward of Donald Trump as Republican voters’ most well-liked presidential nominee for 2024; Trump in flip bestowed him with a trademark infantile nickname (“Ron DeSanctimonious”), a positive signal of the Governor’s rise in recognition.

4 days earlier than the Midterms, his spouse, Casey DeSantis, a former TV anchor, tweeted a marketing campaign video that implied God Himself not solely endorses Ron however molded him into “a fighter” who will save America from “hysteria,” amongst different perils.

Jeb Bush was additionally an Inevitable. Hillary Clinton was an Inevitable (twice!). Neither’s inevitability yielded the presidency. That’s the tough factor about being an Inevitable.

“What voters can be searching for a yr from now, or two years, could be very unpredictable,” says Alex Conant, who was communications director for the presidential campaigns of Marco Rubio (as soon as an Inevitable) and Tim Pawlenty (by no means an Inevitable). “In order that candidate who seems to be good for the present second may not be what they need later. Jeb and Trump are the proper examples.”

Typically inevitability swirls amongst a number of candidates in a single cycle. Bear in mind Howard Dean?

Hindsight, foresight. Inevitability springs from each. Trump by no means appeared inevitable earlier than his election and but, since his defeat, he’s retained a sort of boomerang inevitability. Till final week.


The enduring power of Trumpism” by way of Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker — Few are the demagogues famous for his or her superior emotional-regulation skills, however even by that normal, the experiences that former President Trump is alternately enraged and defensive over the outcomes of the Midterm Elections are noteworthy. Not since his grudging exit from the White Home in January 2021 has he impressed such ranges of schadenfreude amongst his critics. Even these Trump-affiliated candidates who prevailed — is being learn as a referendum on the dwindling viability of MAGA-style Republicanism, in addition to on the previous President’s prospects in 2024. However the path the MAGA motion takes towards irrelevance is probably going not so easy — if, in actual fact, it’s headed in that path.


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AAA: Thanksgiving travel in Florida to exceed pre-pandemic levels” by way of CBS Miami — Thanksgiving journey in Florida is forecast to be the busiest in practically twenty years, since 2005. AAA forecasts greater than 2.9 million Floridians will journey 50 miles or extra for Thanksgiving. That’s 50,000 (2%) extra Florida vacationers than final yr’s vacation and practically 22,000 (0.74%) greater than in 2019. Nationally, 54.6 million Individuals will journey 50 miles or extra from dwelling, barely beneath pre-pandemic ranges. “Journey remains to be roaring again from the pandemic,” mentioned AAA Vice President of Journey Debbie Haas. “Whereas gasoline costs and different inflationary pressures weigh on budgets, journey stays a prime precedence for Individuals, significantly in the course of the holidays.”

Orlando bids to host LSU-FSU to kick off 2023 college football season” by way of Stephen Hudak of the Orlando Sentinel — Orange County Commissioners Tuesday agreed to make use of $500,000 in hotel-tax income to assist Florida Citrus Sports activities’ bid for Tenting World Stadium to host a Florida State College and Louisiana State College rematch to open the 2023 faculty soccer season. The Vacationer Growth Tax Sports activities Incentive Committee really helpful bidding for the occasion, anticipated to attract 65,000 spectators and generate an financial influence of $31.5 million for the nationally televised recreation between the 2 Prime 25 powers. The Seminoles and Tigers opened the 2022 faculty season in New Orleans with FSU gorgeous LSU, 24-23.

SeaWorld unveils Pipeline coaster car at IAAPA” by way of Dewayne Bevil of the Orlando Sentinel — SeaWorld Orlando has shared its first in-person take a look at the experience automobiles for its upcoming Pipeline curler coaster. The surf-themed experience was the topic of the primary information convention of this yr’s IAAPA Expo at Orange County Conference Middle on Tuesday. “It’s a gnarly, gigantic surfboard,” mentioned Jonathan Smith, vp of rides and engineering for SeaWorld Parks & Leisure, who helped pull off the tarp concealing the Pipeline car on the exhibit ground. The car on show is the entrance section of the prepare, with a surfboard nostril and deep orange markings. Its accents, together with the harness for riders, are aqua.

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‘Demon fish’ found dead in Florida ignites social media: Is it too ugly to be real?” by way of Mark Worth of the Bradenton Herald — A lifeless fish present in Florida is on the heart of a wierd debate on social media, with some insisting it’s too horrific to be actual. It started on Nov. 10 when a sequence of photographs appeared on the Florida Images Fb web page, exhibiting a weird creature with hole eyes, leathery black pores and skin, and lips pulled again to disclose rows of nail-like tooth. Tammy Jenkins of Kissimmee experiences she took the photographs whereas kayaking alongside the Ocklawaha River in Putnam County, east of Gainesville. She even questioned if it was actual. Then she noticed the flies. “It obtained my consideration as a result of it was ugly as filth and regarded prefer it got here straight from hell,” she advised McClatchy Information.

Oddly colored rattlesnake photographed in Florida wilderness. What caused bizarre look?” by way of Mark Worth of the Bradenton Herald — Rattlesnakes don’t get a lot sympathy, however one seen within the Panhandle has a rising social media fan base as a result of its irregular look. A photograph reveals the “child” diamondback was born with out the putting colours rattlesnakes have to camouflage themselves. The result’s a venomous snake that could be a lovely however unnerving buttery yellow. “The snake is amelanistic, that means it lacks black pigment,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee defined in a Nov. 12 Fb submit. “Due to its gentle coloration, it’s much less camouflaged and extra prone to predation.” In different phrases, it possible gained’t survive lengthy.


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