10 people injured in Lakeland drive-by shooting, police say

Police officers are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured multiple people in a residential neighborhood Monday afternoon, just north of downtown Lakeland. At a press conference, Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor said 10 people are being treated for gunshot wounds after a dark-blue, four-door Nissan with tinted windows slowly drove past the area of North Iowa Avenue and Plum Street and those inside shot at victims on both sides of the car. Advertisement “I’ve been here 34... Read More

Deputies fatally shoot bank robbery suspect in Pompano Beach after pursuit

Broward Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a bank robbery suspect following a brief chase in Pompano Beach, officials said Monday. The incident took place just before 10:30 a.m. in the area of Northeast Fourth Avenue and East Atlantic Boulevard, shutting down both directions of Atlantic Boulevard for hours until the lanes reopened about 5:30 p.m. Advertisement The Sheriff’s Office did not identify the deputies or the suspect as of Monday evening. Advertisement The suspect who... Read More

Parkland families, South Florida leaders warn permitless gun carry would jeopardize public safety

Florida’s move toward allowing people to carry concealed weapons without having to get a permit drew condemnation Monday from South Florida leaders who warned it would jeopardize public safety and lead to more gun violence. Concern over permitless carry was especially strong among people personally affected by the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre or who were involved in responding to the killing of 17 people and injuring 17 others at the Parkland... Read More

Florida grapples with international tourism lag

Florida tourism leaders continue to fret over a lag in international visitors as the industry anticipates tourism numbers for the final three months of 2022. While Visit Florida, the state’s tourism-marketing agency, boasts that Florida is the top U.S. destination for overseas travelers based on market share, numbers of international visitors to the state and nation remain far below pre-pandemic totals. Advertisement Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young last week expressed... Read More

Florida leaders propose allowing concealed guns without permits

TALLAHASSEE — Calling the right to bear arms “central to our freedom,” House Speaker Paul Renner on Monday announced a measure removing Florida requirements for a permit and training to carry a concealed gun. “Florida led the nation in concealed carry,” said Renner, surrounded by the bill’s House and Senate sponsors and Florida sheriffs, and now the state was moving toward removing that “government permission slip to carry.” Advertisement The legislation, which... Read More

Sex-education policy will be revised for Broward schools due to new state law

The Broward School Board has agreed to revise its sexual education policy, in order to comply with Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, known to critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. School district officials said that sections of the Family Life and Human Sexuality policy, or Policy 5315, will likely need to be changed in order to align with the section of the state law that forbids instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3 or “or in a manner... Read More

Brightline to begin testing 110 mph trains in Palm Beach County

Commuter train service Brightline is advising motorists and pedestrians in northern Palm Beach County to be aware of upcoming high-speed train tests in the area. The tests will run Brightline’s trains at speeds up to 110 mph compared to the 60 mph to 80 mph speeds the trains have been running between Miami and West Palm Beach. Advertisement Brightline plans to run at the higher speeds as it phases in service to Orlando later this year, but only in less-densely populated stretches, the... Read More

State home-hardening grant program clarifies eligibility rules for roof, impact window reimbursements

Yes to reimbursements for roof replacements. No to money for impact windows if your home already has hurricane shutters. Those two answers to frequently asked questions about what improvements will qualify for state home-hardening grants of up to $10,000 should finally provide clarity for applicants confused by their inspection reports and information on the My Safe Florida Home program website. Advertisement The $150 million program, authorized by state lawmakers during a special... Read More

Schools, ‘queer theory,’ African American studies: Ron DeSantis fuels culture war — and gets more people talking about him

As soon as Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed outrage about the notion that some Florida high school students might learn about “queer theory” in a college-level course on African American studies, the political-cultural vortex revved up to high speed. It’s become a familiar script in the last two years, especially as he has been seen as preparing to seek the 2024 Republican presidential nomination: DeSantis says something, critics erupt, fans fawn — and the facts and details are lost amid... Read More

Florida insurance companies ranked by policy count: How big is yours?

State Farm Florida is the third-largest property insurance company in Florida, by policy count. It’s a fact that the Florida offshoot of the national insurer hasn’t wanted you to know over the past eight years. State-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the so-called “insurer of last resort,” is once again the largest property insurer in Florida. And Fort Lauderdale-based Universal Property and Casualty is number two. Advertisement The three companies’ Florida market... Read More