Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Watson Ducatel to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine

On January 30, 2023, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Watson Ducatel to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Watson Ducatel Dr. Ducatel is the Owner and Physician of Healthy Bodies Medical Center. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and is a current member of the […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Leah Valenti as Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections

On January 30, 2023, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Leah Valenti as Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections. Leah Valenti Valenti, of Port Charlotte, is the External Affairs Manager for TECO Peoples Gas. She previously served as the Southwest Florida District Director to Senator Rick Scott and District Director to Congressman Thomas Rooney. She is currently […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Moving Florida Forward Infrastructure Initiative

On January 30, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

Governor proposes a $4 billion investment, which will be leveraged for a total of $7 billion, to expedite projects that will alleviate congestion and prioritize safety AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Today, Governor DeSantis announced the Moving Florida Forward initiative to expedite transportation projects over the next four years. If passed by the legislature, this proposal would invest $4 […]

Memo: Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Aerospace Hero Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, Jr.

On January 27, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

MEMORANDUM TO:                  Tom Berger, Director of Real Estate Development and Management; Amy Lockhart, Chair of County Commission, Seminole County; Pat Bates, Mayor, Altamonte Springs FROM:            Governor Ron DeSantis DATE:             Friday, January 27, 2023 RE:                 […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Law and Order Legislation

On January 26, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

MIAMI — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his legislative proposal to maintain and further improve Florida’s 50-year record low crime rate. This proposal pushes back against the abolishment of cash bail, increases penalties for drug-related crimes, steps up human smuggling interdictions, strengthens the punishment for child rapists, prevents the early release of sex criminals, and makes […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Hometown Heroes Program Reaches Milestone $50 Million Awarded for Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

On January 25, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program has awarded more than $50 million in down payment and closing cost assistance to Florida’s hometown heroes. The program assists individuals such as law enforcement officers, educators, healthcare professionals, and active military personnel or veterans in purchasing their first home […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Unprecedented Legislation to Empower Educators, Protect Teachers from Overreaching School Unions and Raise Teacher Pay

On January 23, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced an unprecedented legislative proposal to create a Teacher’s Bill of Rights that empowers educators to be leaders in their classrooms, enact paycheck protection, reduce terms for school board members from twelve to eight years, and invest another $1 billion in teacher pay. For more information, click here. “This is a […]

Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.5 Percent in December 2022

On January 20, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.5 percent in December 2022, a historic low last reached in 2006, demonstrating that Florida has continued to grow and recover after enduring two hurricanes in late 2022. Florida’s private sector employment increased by 425,800 jobs over the year and Florida’s labor […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $20 Million for Water Quality Projects to Restore the Indian River Lagoon

On January 19, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $20 million to support water quality improvement projects along the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). These projects will help collect stormwater runoff and treat it to reduce the amount of pollutants and nutrients that enter the IRL. These projects are in addition to the $255 million Florida […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Additional Funding to Support Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

On January 19, 2023, in News Releases, by Staff

$1 million will support teachers impacted by Hurricane Ian and $13.8 million will support mental health services   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he has directed the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to utilize $13.8 million in grant funding to support and expand mental health resources for Floridians impacted by […]