April 17, 2007 |
Even with tough new water-use restrictions and farmers' conservation measures, the Everglades might still need to be tapped to ensure ample drinking water for South Florida, water managers told Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on Monday. At an emergency meeting on Florida's drought, the political leaders also learned that the state appears to be destined for more than a summer's dry spell and heavy wildfire season.
May 22, 2007 |
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law sweeping election changes Monday that eliminate electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots and make Florida's presidential primary among the earliest in the nation. Florida's Jan. 29 presidential primary is ahead of all other states except for caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, county conventions in Wyoming and the New Hampshire primary. South Carolina's primary is also Jan.
February 11, 2003 |
Florida began vaccinating public health workers against smallpox Monday, hoping to create a core group that is immune to the disease should it be used by bioterrorists. Up to 2,000 state public health employees who would respond to such emergencies will be vaccinated, state officials said. In about two weeks, the vaccine will also be offered to about 30,000 hospital workers. Smallpox vaccinations have begun in 18 states, although the number of volunteers has been fairly low.
February 22, 2006 |
Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Tuesday that it would pay $7 million to settle all charges brought by the Florida attorney general against the hospital chain, including claims of bilking the government's Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans. Tenet, whose shares rose more than 3%, said it would record the payment as a charge in the 2005 fourth quarter. Florida had sued the nation's No. 2 U.S.
April 30, 2006 |
In an energy plan being debated in the Florida Legislature, Gov. Jeb Bush proposes removing barriers to the construction of nuclear power plants, partly by allowing utilities to pass some costs on to customers years before a plant goes into operation. The thrust of the plan is to increase and diversify the state's sources of power, which Bush believes have become too dominated by natural gas.
December 13, 2001 |
Al Gore returned to Florida to speak at a Democratic fund-raiser Wednesday, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that ended his quest for the White House. It was the former vice president's first visit to South Florida since last year's election debacle unfolded there. Gore was filling in for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who stayed in Washington while the Senate remained in session.
November 28, 2005 |
With gas prices continuing to tumble and the hurricane season drawing to a close Wednesday, the outlook for Florida's tourism industry seems bright. Nearly 22 million visitors came to Florida from July through September, up 9.3% from the same period last year, putting the state on track for a new annual record of more than 80 million tourists, according to new figures released by Visit Florida Inc., the state's tourism marketing agency.
June 29, 2005 |
A 16-year-old boy who lost a leg following the second shark attack in three days along the Florida Panhandle was in critical condition Tuesday and facing more surgery. Craig Adam Hutto was fishing in waist-deep water about 60 feet from shore Monday when the shark grabbed his right thigh, nearly severing the leg, said Capt. Bobby Plair of the Gulf County Sheriff's Office. Doctors amputated the boy's leg. Dr.
January 23, 2004 |
Walt Disney Co.'s real estate development division, Celebration Co., said it sold the Market Street shopping, office and residential center in Celebration, Fla., to closely held Lexin Capital. Terms of the sale weren't disclosed. The purchase encompasses 18 acres, including 16 retail stores, six restaurants, 94,000 square feet of office space, 105 apartments and three land parcels.
June 11, 2006 |
South Florida will probably be spared the worst of the season's first tropical depression as the storm passes through the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days. Still, the outer bands could produce up to 2 inches of rain and 45-mph gusts here between today and Tuesday morning, said meteorologist Roberto Garcia of the National Weather Service in Miami. The system, expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Alberto, has dumped more than 30 inches of rain over some sections of western Cuba.