‘It could have been us:’ Central Floridians head to SWFLA to help Hurricane Ian victims
With just 12 hours’ notice, a handful of volunteers and a few thousand dollars’ worth of supplies, outreach groups from Alive Church in Orlando and Gainesville made the journey to Southwest Florida to help Hurricane Ian victims.
Your Florida Daily: The video camera was disguised as a fire alarm
A tourist is charged with hiding a video camera inside a beach park restroom, a Florida couple allegedly stole $8,000 from a senior under their care and Universal Orlando is in a legal battle with a Georgia-based theme park company over a plot of land.
Florida man conspired with Central Florida Oath Keepers ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol riots, FBI says
A man from Southwest Florida is accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and conspiring with other members of the Oath Keepers from Central Florida head of the attacks, according to the FBI.
MLB cuts spring training travel, drops college opponents
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)NEW YORK – Major League Baseball revamped its spring training exhibition schedule because of the pandemic, cutting travel for Florida-based teams in an effort to minimize coronavirus risks. College baseball teams, which often play big league clubs but are not subject to major league testing protocols, were dropped from the revised schedules announced Friday. Split-squad games, traditionally used in the first half of the exhibition season to allow evaluation of more players, also were eliminated. Pitchers and catchers open spring training workouts Wednesday, and the exhibition season starts Feb. 28, two days later than initially announced on Sept. 16. The rejected plan would have pushed back the start of spring training until March 22.
Florida Gov. DeSantis urges patience amid high demand for vaccinations
“The COVID vaccine supply is limited,” DeSantis said Wednesday during an appearance at a Palm Beach County senior complex where 300 residents were being inoculated. A large part of the job to vaccinate seniors has fallen to hospitals and some county health departments. In addition to focusing on the 65-plus population, DeSantis included as a top priority health care workers who have direct contact with patients. Senior said his member facilities have “hundreds of sites running from Pensacola to Miami” that can be used to administer vaccinations. He said he anticipates that his members will work with county health departments but said details are still being worked out.
Florida Gov. DeSantis expands emergency for ‘erratic’ Eta
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pointing to the “erratic nature” of the storm as it threatened a large part of Florida’s west coast, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday expanded a state of emergency and asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration as Tropical Storm Eta prepared to make landfall Thursday. The hurricane center advisory said tropical-storm and storm-surge warnings were in effect from Bonita Beach in Southwest Florida to the Suwannee River in northern Florida. The governor on Saturday declared a state of emergency for counties in the southern part of the state, after Eta last week hit Nicaragua as a hurricane. In the request to Trump, which could bring federal financial assistance to Florida, DeSantis said some counties also had declared local states of emergency.
LIVE RADAR: Eta lashes Central Florida with rain
ORLANDO, Fla. – All eyes are on Eta, which has weakened from hurricane status back to a tropical storm before its expected landfall Thursday north of Tampa. Tropical storm force-winds greater than 40-50 mph will push through on Thursday. Rain chances increase to 80% on Thursday. Rain chances decrease as the system pushes up and away by the weekend, with highs in the upper 80s on Saturday. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect until Nov 14 4:31AM for the following shaded counties: Lake #flwx #news6 pic.twitter.com/aA6EnfN3YV — News 6 WKMG (@news6wkmg) November 11, 2020
High coronavirus positive case rate reveals flaws in Florida Department of Health report
Some of the private laboratories are not reporting any negative tests but hundreds of positive COVID-19 tests. In recent days, the Florida Department of Health noticed that some smaller, private labs werent reporting negative test result data to the state. Health First, a Brevard County health care provider, has seven labs with only positive test results, per the state numbers. News 6 reached out to the facilities across Central Florida with high positivity rates in the state report. A review of the state report found that the hospitals testing data shared with News 6 does not match for St.
Florida doctors: If you’re not wearing a mask, why?
A day after Florida netted the highest positive cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived in the state on March 1, doctors in Southwest Florida pleaded with the public to wear face masks and avoid large gatherings. On Friday, Florida reported nearly 9,000 new positive cases of the coronavirus with a 13% positivity rate compared to the number of tests. The recent cases in Florida have trended younger, the median age in Florida dropped from above 65 to 39 in the past few weeks. A surgical mask or medical mask protects the wearer’s nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. “That’s my message to the public today is please wear a mask when you’re in a crowded area.
Small Florida town worries toll road may wipe it out
Sometimes referred to locally as the toll road, the project would create connector roads through corridors in three parts of the state. For Alva residents, a new highway through their part of the world threatens a lifestyle that changes little as time and generations pass. Ron DeSantis authorized the design and construction of bringing a toll road through rural Florida, and rural is the keyword here.”A bill signed by the governor in May would patch three corridors into the state highway system. Studies are underway to develop routes for a new Southwest-Central Florida connector from Collier County to Polk County. In Alva, residents fear a route will be recommended that will come close enough to forever change historically rural areas in Southwest Florida.
Red tide cited after manatees, thousands of fish found dead in Florida
CAPE CORAL, Fla. – There’s a water crisis in Southwest Florida that is wreaking havoc on wildlife. Thousands of fish and several manatees have washed up dead because of red tide. On Tuesday, three manatees washed ashore, and WINK News reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claims this year there are higher than normal manatee deaths from red tide. “I hate to say it, but it’s like a natural disaster if you ask me,” said Englewood resident Jane Tellor to WINK News. It’s so bad that Lee County commissioners declared a local state of emergency and need funding to remove the massive amounts of dead fish.