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The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
The gaming compact — if ratified by the state Legislature next week and later approved by federal regulators — would make Florida the largest state in the nation to legalize sports betting.
The Tampa Bay Times spoke with the transportation secretary about high speed rail, pedestrian deaths and Republican criticisms of the proposal.
The to-go option, which will officially become law July 1, will be available to restaurants that have special alcoholic-beverage licenses and derive at least 51 percent of revenue from food and...
The Florida governor also discussed Trump, his wife and which theme park he prefers.

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  1. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5223 Orient Rd, in Tampa.
  2. Joel Greenberg, shown in this 2019 photo, will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents.
  3. Simon Imam, 45, of Westchase walks from Whiskey Cake after picking up an order of food and alcohol to go in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation that would allow to-go orders of alcohol, made legal during the pandemic, permanently.
  4. A screenshot from a Newsmax townhall in The Villages featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 12.
  5. Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  6. CONNECT, Florida's Online Reemployment Assistance System.
  7. In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 photo, released by the Mote Marine Laboratory, a Goliath Grouper swims at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla.  Florida may lift its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers. Wildlife officials are proposing, Wednesday, May 12, 2021,  a “limited harvest” of the giant coastal fish, saying their numbers have rebounded sufficiently since they were almost driven to extinction by overfishing and environmental damage.
  8. Officials from the city of Tampa, Related Group and Invictus Development LLC attend a protest hearing about the Rome Yard bid Wednesday.
  9. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  10. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump.
  11. Protesters and activists take to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday September 3, 2020 as they mark the 100th day of protests in the city.
  12. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  13. Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, listens to the State of the State address being delivered by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Capitol in Tallahassee during Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  14. An eight-episode show called “Life’s Rewards” started streaming Monday on platforms including Amazon Prime, YouTube, GoUSA TV and Places.Travel. that is financed in part by Visit Florida and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.
  15. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor waves as she exits the polls after she cast her ballot in person during early voting at Amalie Arena, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa. On right is Castor's partner Ana Cruz. Also present was Castor's son Seely Bevan. After talking with reporters, Castor took photos with the Stanley Cup, won by the Tampa Bay Lightning, that was on site at Thunder Alley for people to see.
  16. Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  17. Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach in 2008.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks with fellow patrons before the opening ceremony of the Walker Cup golf tournament last week.
  19. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach
  20. State Representative Ben Diamond announces he is running for congress outside the USF St. Petersburg Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Monday, May 10, 2021.
  21. Florida voters in 2016 approved the legalization of medical pot in a process to amend the constitution that got more difficult after lawmakers passed a bill that caps contributions to committees backing ballot initiatives to $3,000.
  22. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses attendees during a rally featuring himself and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Friday, May 7, 2021, in The Villages, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  23. Aerial photo of the construction site of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center. Courtesy of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center
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