Florida News That Impact You – October 21st, 2021

Private High-Speed Rail Service Brightline Announces Its Service To Start Next Week

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Florida’s trend for new COVID-19 cases has now declined for over 50 consecutive days. On Wednesday, 2,571 new cases were reported. Florida has made daily progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19 for the longest consecutive period since the onset of the pandemic. COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen below 2,500 for the first time since July 6th. As of today, 98 fewer Floridians are hospitalized with the virus. There are currently 2,437 COVID-19 patients statewide.

In other news, Brightline, which has been offline since the early days of the pandemic in Florida, announced they’ll resume operations on November 8th. They also announced that as part of the re-launch service, those who use the Brightline app to book a ride will get their first ride for free during November. 

Governor DeSantis has announced the state of Florida will not corporate with any federal inquiries into parents who contest local school boards. This comes on back of US Attorney General Merrick Garland issuing a directive to the FBI to investigate parents who contest local school boards for potential domestic terrorism. The directive was near-verbatim what the teacher’s union-backed National School Board Association asked the AG to do. DeSantis also indicated the state would take further steps to secure parental rights in schools in the upcoming state session. This announcement comes after eight school boards, including Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County, continued to violate Florida law by mandating masks for students without parental opt-outs. 

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