Florida news

  1. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  2. New poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP presidential field in Florida; Hillary Clinton beats them all

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush leads a field of prospective GOP presidential candidates in Florida, topping Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and others. But Hillary Clinton beats them all in head-to-head matchups, according to a poll released Thursday.

  3. Politics of gay marriage snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The increasingly delicate politics of gay marriage emerged Wednesday as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended "traditional" marriage while accommodating other views during a speech and U.S. Rep. David Jolly came under withering attack in Pinellas County for speaking out in support of same-sex couples' …

    Rep. David Jolly came under attack in Pinellas County for coming out in support of same-sex couples’ right to wed. “Please know that we consider your reversal on this critical issue to be an act of cowardice and a betrayal,” said a letter signed by some of Jolly’s supporters.
  4. Row merrily, merrily, merrily down one of Tampa Bay's best kayak trails

    Florida

    The benefits of a good kayak or canoe trip can be pretty wide-ranging.

    Caladesi Island on a kayak. 
Photo by Carole Liparoto
  5. With a name like Owlfred, how can you resist this rescued bird?

    Florida

    Orlando – When Murray Miller found a great horned owl in his Manatee back yard, in distress and unable to hunt or eat, he knew exactly what to do. He contacted the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

    Murray Miller got to see Owlfred again after he had found him in distress. This time the meeting was under much better circumstances. SeaWorld Orlando photo
  6. Appeals court: Same-sex couples can't marry yet in Florida Keys

    State Roundup

    An appeals court declined on Wednesday to lift a stay of a Key West judge's ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry in Monroe County.

    Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration on the day the gay marriage ban was overturned by a judge. But the case has taken many twists since last week. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
  7. New poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida's hotly contested governor's race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

    Little-polled until now, Adrian Wyllie's name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race. LARA CERRI |Times
  8. Charlie Crist's bid for governor will get big cash infusion from state matching program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democrat Charlie Crist says he can't raise nearly as much money as Republican Gov. Rick Scott, but he can close the gap thanks to a big subsidy from Florida taxpayers.

    Charlie Crist’s campaign expects its first matching check to arrive Aug. 1 and be in the range of $1 million.
  9. Plan your Christmas at Epcot with celebrity narrators at Candlelight Processional

    Florida

    Christmas in July promos remind us that now can be a good time to plan your Christmas entertainment before tickets sell out. Held every year at Disney's Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is not to be missed. There's a mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator who tells the story of …

    The giant Christmas tree at Epcot, seen with the park's iconic Spaceship Earth attraction behind it, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration at the theme park. [Photo by Garth Vaughan]
  10. Monroe judge denies gay Key West bartenders' plea to let them marry Tuesday

    State Roundup

    Wedding bells will not ring Tuesday for gay Key West bartenders Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones. Or for any other same-sex couples planning to have a Conch Republic wedding any time soon.

    Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones embrace during a July 17 celebration in Key West. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge. [Associated Press]