Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Thursday, April 2, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
DeSantis’ twin stay-at-home orders are confusing local officials and at odds with his own comments.
Apr. 3• Opinion
Even as coronavirus deaths rise, lawmakers should start brianstorming ways to help residents and stem the economic fallout.
Apr. 3• Opinion
These are unprecedented times, and the recent federal legislation should help families and businesses survive, the U.S. House member from St. Petersburg writes.
Apr. 3• Opinion
Floridians are doing their part and the front-line responders are making heroic efforts, the incoming president of the Florida Senate writes.
Apr. 3• Opinion


  1. This April 1, 2020 file photo shows the marquee for the Iowa Theater, closed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, on John Wayne Drive in Winterset, Iowa. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL  |  AP]
  2. Landon Rancke, left, and his big brother, Ryan Rancke work together to set up a computer for online learning. Both are students in the Pinellas County school system. [Courtesy of Kristin Rancke]
  3. Leonard Pitts [undefined]
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  5. The likeness of Benjamin Franklin shown from $100 bills. [LM OTERO  |  AP]
  6. A man wearing a mask to help protect against the spread against the coronavirus naps on a bench at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, April 3, 2020. [NG HAN GUAN  |  AP]
  7. Barriers have been placed along the sea wall at North Shore Park to keep people off the beach, on April 1, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  8.  [Mike Luckovich --]
  9. An image from the Sunday, April 5, 2020, editorial page, where these letters ran. [Tampa Bay Times]
  10. The Florida Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times] [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus as reflected in a window in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) [ALEX BRANDON  |  AP]
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has faced criticism this week for issuing back-to-back executive orders with seemingly little input from elected officials in some of the state's largest markets. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  13. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Thursday, April 2, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  14. Medical personnel wearing personal protective equipment remove bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, April 2, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. [MARY ALTAFFER  |  AP]
  15. Senator Wilton Simpson, R- Trilby, will become president of the Florida Senate after the November elections. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg. (Times files)
  17. New employees participate in classes at KnowBe4 U in Clearwater. The new employees were learning company terminology during the 1-6 week sessions. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  18. Broward County Mayor Dale Holness, left, speaks as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium, March 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  19.  [CLAY BENNETT  |  Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times ]
  20. Connie Schultz [File photo]
  21. David Stein, an employee of the SLS Hotel, carries boxes of supplies from the hotel, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. The sbe hotel chain is providing care packages to their employees now facing unemployment due to the new coronavirus pandemic. A record-high number of people applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  22. Some local estate planning attorneys have experienced a bump in business since the coronavirus outbreak. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  23. In response to coronavirus outbreak, a tent has been set up as physicians test patients curbside that has been referred by Bayfront Physicians outside of BayFront Health St. Pete hospital on March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  24. Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Wednesday, where he announced a statewide stay-at-home order. [The Florida Channel]