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CITRUS PRODUCTION The U.S. Department of Agriculture released final numbers for the 2019-2020 season. The state’s orange crop was down about 6 percent from the prior season; however, grapefruit and specialty crops (like tangelos and tangerines) showed slight increases. CITRUS GREENING BREAKTHROUGH? A researcher in California has developed a potential cure for citrus greening, a disease which Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

Legal Updates

CUBAN BASEBALL SMUGGLING The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Florida federal jury’s conviction of a baseball agent and an athletic trainer who prosecutors say made millions smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States, finding that there was enough evidence to support the convictions. KEY WEST CRUISE SHIPS A U.S. district judge declined to block Read more about Legal Updates[…]

Movers and Shakers

Appointments and Actions by Governor DeSantis: Guardian ad Litem Reappointed executive director was Alan Abramowitz, who has served as the program’s director since 2010. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Appointed the statewide ombudsman was Michael Phillips. He fills the position, which had been vacant for ten months, having served as regional manager for the North Region of the program. Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Issues of Interest

TWITTER SCAM A 17-year-old Tampa teenager and a 22-year-old Orlando man were arrested in conjunction with a hack on Twitter where they took over prominent individuals’ accounts and attempted to solicit bitcoin contributions from those individuals’ followers. They netted approximately $117,000 before being caught. LAKE OKEECHOBEE The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Water Policy and Read more about Issues of Interest[…]

Legal Updates

MASK REQUIREMENT A circuit court judge has ruled against a Leon County man who sought to invalidate the County’s ordinance requiring the wearing of a mask in businesses. The judge cited evidence that mask wearing has been demonstrated to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. NURSING HOME LICENSE A Broward County nursing home, which saw Read more about Legal Updates[…]