The Florida Department of Health has issued the first fine over a violation of Florida’s law banning proof of a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of service. Leon County was fined $3.57 million for 714 violations at $5,000 a piece. Over 100 entities across the state remain under investigation for potential violations of the law.
Florida’s rapid decline to pre-surge COVID-19 levels continued on Tuesday. There are now 2,608 new cases reported statewide. COVID-19 hospitalizations are now also at 3-month lows as 3,286 Floridians are currently hospitalized with the virus.
In other news, two of South Florida’s largest restaurant companies are merging. North Palm Beach’s BurgerFi is buying Fort Lauderdale’s Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza for $161.3 million. BurgerFi specifically is looking to expand delivery services using Anthony’s kitchens established for delivery services only during the pandemic.
Finally, for the third consecutive year, JW Marriott’s Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa has been recognized as the top resort in Florida by Conde Nast’s readers. The Readers' Choice Awards are based on worldwide submissions totaling over 800,000 last year.