Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $1,000 Pandemic Bonus for Florida’s First Responders

On May 5, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Fort Myers, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis traveled to Satellite Beach, Temple Terrace and Fort Myers to announce $1,000 one-time bonuses for approximately 174,000 first responders, including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters across the state. “Supporting our law enforcement and first responders has been a top priority for my […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Groundbreaking Early Learning and Literacy Legislation

On May 4, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Vero Beach, Fla. – Today, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 419 that makes historic improvements to state accountability for early learning programs. Additionally, he signed HB 7011 creating a statewide progress monitoring tool to quickly understand VPK-8th grade student’s academic progress in real-time and rapidly identify personalized interventions for students that need additional support, […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Landmark Legislation to Ban Vaccine Passports and Stem Government Overreach

On May 3, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by local legislators and small business owners in St. Petersburg where he signed Senate Bill (SB) 2006, landmark legislation aimed at stemming the tide of local and state government overreach. The bill takes aim at arbitrary lockdowns, vaccine passports and enhances emergency preparedness for future […]

Governor Signs Right to Farm Bill Following Overwhelming Legislative Support

On April 29, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 88, Farming Operations, preserving Florida’s agricultural heritage and modernizing Florida’s Right to Farm Act which regulates agriculture throughout the state of Florida. The Governor was joined at the bill signing ceremony by Florida farmers, Senate President Wilton Simpson, and bill sponsors, Senator Jason Brodeur and Representative Jayer […]

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2021 Black History Month Student and Teacher Contest Winners

On April 26, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced this year’s Black History Month student contest winners and Excellence in Education Award recipients. Black History Month is celebrated every year in Florida during the month of February and this year’s contest theme was “Community Champions – Celebrating the Contributions of African Americans in Florida’s Communities,” sponsored […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2021 Gulf Red Snapper Season

On April 23, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the popular 2021 Gulf red snapper recreational season is set to open June 4 and run through July 28, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. “This will be the longest summer season anglers will have since the FWC started setting seasons for fishing in the […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Strikes Historic Gaming Compact with Seminole Tribe of Florida

On April 23, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a historic gaming compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The agreement will generate the state a minimum of $2.5 billion in new revenue over the next five years and an estimated $6 billion through 2030. “This historic compact expands economic opportunity, […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Milestone to Advance EAA Reservoir Project

On April 22, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

South Florida Water Management District Approves Final Agreement with U.S. Army Corps, Reservoir Component to Start Construction This Year Wellington, Fla. –  Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to announce significant progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area […]

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Hallmark Anti-Rioting Legislation Taking Unapologetic Stand for Public Safety

On April 19, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Winter Haven, Fla. – Today, during a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by legislative leadership and law enforcement officials from across the state to sign the “Combating Public Disorder Act” into law. The bill, HB 1, takes a robust approach to uphold the rule of law, stand with […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $150 Million in Awards to Florida Communities for More Resilient Infrastructure

On April 16, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

Lakeland, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than $148 million has been awarded to communities through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. The program, administered by DEO, allows local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects to make communities more resilient to future disasters. “My administration remains […]