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Protected lawmakers in redistricting fight

A panel of federal judges blocked an attempt by lawyers for the plaintiffs to oust Republican leaders, including former Senate Speaker Wilton Simpson and former House Speaker Chris Sprowls, in a lawsuit alleging that the redistricting plan districts intentionally discriminated against black voters. More from the Florida news source.

Post-Hurricane Ian: Funding Rejected for Florida Fishermen

Florida fishermen from across the state are on the edge of their seats, hoping for some good news about the future of the fishing industry. Lee County residents are furious that the federal agency NOAA Fisheries has rejected DeSantis’ fishing disaster application. In late September 2022, Hurricane Ian destroyed nearly all of Lee County, causing massive destruction to the fishing industry in and around Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Pine Island Sound. The west side of Florida has been devastated by the damage that Ian had caused. More from the National Fisherman.

Disney still has plans to spend billions in Florida despite its battle with DeSantis

Despite his battle with Governor Ron DeSantis, Disney remains committed to the state of Florida. CEO Bob Iger and parks chief Josh D’Amaro have repeated job creations and project commitments in recent months as tensions between Disney and Florida lawmakers continue to escalate. The fight has become even more important now that DeSantis is officially running for president. More from CNBC.

Assaulting hospital workers will soon lead to tougher penalties

As of October 1, 2023, assaulting or hitting hospital workers will result in more severe charges than doing so against other members of the population. In Florida, assault is a second degree misdemeanor, while battery is generally punishable as a first degree misdemeanor. However, the punishment for those acts is heightened when they are committed against people of certain professions, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical care providers. More on Florida Politics.

Port Canaveral has a $6.1 billion economic impact for Florida

According to a study published Wednesday by the firm Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA), the port has an economic impact of $6.1 in the state of Florida, an increase from the $3 billion seen in 2018, the last time the firm did Evaluation. . Port Canaveral also contributed $189.5 million in state and local taxes, the study showed. More from Spectrum News.

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