(The Center Square) — Florida regulators hosted a public meeting this week about a proposed rate increase by one of the Sunshine State’s largest electricity providers. Duke Energy Florida filed a petition in April, requesting that the Florida Public Service Commission approve a rate increase for its residential and industrialContinue Reading


On June 11, 2024, at approximately 3:14 pm, the Port Orange Police Department responded to a robbery at the VyStar Credit Union located at 750 Dunlawton Avenue. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division quickly identified Tracy Hall, a 51-year-old resident of Port Orange, as the suspect. On June 12, 2024,Continue Reading

(The Center Square) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state budget during a news conference in Tampa on Wednesday. The state budget, House Bill 5001, comes with a price tag of $116.5 billion but is less than what was allocated in the fiscal 2023-2024 budget. DeSantis said the bottomContinue Reading


Over the weekend, Citrus County deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Carlos Esteban Garcia-Luis, was observed by deputies adjusting his waistband as they approached. Despite requests to keep his hands visible, Garcia-Luis continued reaching intoContinue Reading

(The Center Square) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Hialeah on Monday to announce $1.25 billion for teacher salary increases. DeSantis said the funds for teacher salary hikes are earmarked in the budget over the next five years and pointed out that Florida has ranked topsContinue Reading

(The Center Square) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will appear on Florida ballots as the Reform Party candidate after the Florida Division of Elections recertified its party status on Friday. “We’re thrilled to give Floridians an independent option this November,” said Reform Party of Florida Chairwoman Jenniffer Desatoff in aContinue Reading

(The Center Square) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed nine bills into law this past week, while a few measures and the state’s budget still await his decision. House Bill 1203 relates to the governance of homeowners’ associations and how community association managers manage those communities. These managers are alsoContinue Reading