The Buzz on Florida Politics

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, addresses an audience during a Tuesday news conference in Oldsmar as state Rep. Chris Latvala, in background on right, looks on at R E Olds Park, 107 Shore Dr. W.
The newest coronavirus variant makes its inevitable Florida appearance in patients in St. Lucie and Hillsborough counties.
The plan still has to be approved by the Legislature in the 2022 session, which means it could always be subject to change.
The suit blames Piney Point’s owner and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the environmental disaster.
Simpson signaled support for bills aimed at local governments, including a bill that would allow certain businesses to sue if local ordinances cause at least 15 percent losses of revenue or profits.


  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in center, addresses the audience during a news conference, at R E Olds Park, 107 Shore Dr W, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 in Oldsmar.
  2. From left, Maranda Douglas, Leslie Lightsy and Jonathan Wade Sr. The three have filed paperwork to run in the March 15 Clearwater City Council election.
  3. Aerial drone image from Piney Point taken on April 14.
  4. A view of the University of Florida from the campus entrance at W University Avenue and SW 13th Street in Gainesville.
  5. Former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy was fired from his tenured post in late 2015.
  6. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson waves to people in the gallery, as he presides over the opening of a special legislative session targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
  7. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.
  8. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, center, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, takes photos with supporters at the Florida Democratic Party's annual Leadership Blue conference in Orlando.
  9. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is seen in April. The Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock Sportsbook has stopped its Florida operation as a result of an appellate court ruling.
  10. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Guitar Hotel near Hollywood, was dealt another blow Friday in its efforts to control online sports betting in Florida.
  11. Mori Hosseini, chairperson of the University of Florida board of trustees, strongly criticized faculty members on Friday, saying their actions during a recent controversy over academic freedom have been "disrespectful."
  12. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  13. A man wears a face mask as he fishes near docked oil drilling platforms earlier this year.
  14. State Rep. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, could be moved into a different House district now occupied by one of Tampa Bay's other Black representatives.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  16. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which is nonpartisan and independent, gave the proposed House maps a grade of "F for partisan fairness."
  17. State Sen. Lauren Book thanked her colleagues in the Florida Senate for supporting her after she became a victim in a cyber stalking and extortion case investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  18. Ron DeSantis speaks as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy listens during a news conference at the Assault Brigade 2506 Honorary Museum on Aug. 5, 2021, in Hialeah, Florida. A new report said the state brought in $435.5 million more in general revenue in October than had been projected in an August forecast. General revenue plays a critical role for DeSantis and lawmakers, as they rely on it to help fund schools, health-care programs and prisons.
  19. St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Ken Welch talks to the media after he was declared the winner on Nov. 2.
  20. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  21. Stacey Abrams, shown here speaking in 2020, will run again for governor of Georgia.
  22. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch speaks to reporters after casting his vote on Election Day at Lake Vista Recreation Center, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  23. A man wears a sign on his back that reads "Unborn Lives Matter" as he and other anti-abortion protesters wearing doctors uniforms demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.