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Bystanders rescue man from drowning at Florida beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. [AP] – Bystanders saved a man from drowning at a Florida beach on Sunday, authorities said. The 22-year-old man went into the water alone on Daytona Beach before the lifeguard tower opened, according to Capt. A.J. Miller, a spokesman for Volusia County Beach Safety. “After struggling in the surf, witnesses stated they observed him go under the water,” Miller said in a statement given to the Orlando Sentinel. Bystanders carried the man to the beach and gave him CPR before paramedics arrive on scene and transported him to the hospital. “He is alive at this time,” Miller...

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Florida high school criticized for altering yearbook photos

ST. JOHNS, Fla. (AP) — Parents and students are criticizing teachers at a Florida high school for digitally altering photos in a yearbook in order to cover up students whose clothes the school officials deemed too immodest. The St. Augustine Record reported that 80 students at Bartram Trail High School in northeast Florida had their yearbook photos altered without their consent in order to cover up exposed shoulders and low necklines. Adrian Bartlett said her daughter’s yearbook picture was edited to add more shirt coverage. “I think it sends the message that our girls should be ashamed...

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Packages of cocaine keep washing ashore the Florida Keys

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Packages of cocaine keep washing ashore the Florida Keys. The most recent packages washed up on Wednesday and Thursday on the Islamorada shoreline. Each package weighed about 2.4 pounds (1.1 kilograms), Adam Hoffner, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman, told the Miami Herald. On Monday night, anglers in Lower Matecumbe Key found a 2.4-pound (1.1 kilogram) package of cocaine. At the start of the month, a boater off Marathon discovered a large sack filled with five bundles of marijuana weighing 62 pounds. In late April, boaters found a large sack offshore of Key Largo...

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Florida governor signs ‘tax holidays’ into law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis agreed to temporarily suspend sales taxes on back-to-school supplies, emergency preparedness purchases and recreational activities meant to encourage people back into the outdoors, music venues, museums and other post-pandemic endeavors. But so-called “tax holidays” DeSantis signed into law Friday are being offset by the taxes the state will now collect on online purchases. The state is expected to collect about $1 billion annually from online sales tax collection. Some of the early proceeds would be transferred to the state’s unemployment...

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50,000 Florida customers dropped by home insurance before hurricane season

Hurricane season in Florida will officially begin in a week but tens of thousands of homeowners are learning that their insurance company is cancelling their policies. It’s leaving many scrambling to pick up new home insurance policy but for many there aren’t many options. Thousands of Florida homeowners have seen their home insurance rates double this year. Three big companies operating in the state announced that they are dropping 50,000 customers. Gulfstream Property and Casualty, Universal Insurance Company of North America and Southern Fidelity Insurance combined have permission...

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Multistate salmonella outbreak tied to backyard chickens, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections that are linked to backyard chickens. On Thursday, the health agency said that a total of 163 people were infected across 43 states, including one person in Florida. Health officials said the total number of infected people is “likely much higher.” Illnesses started around Feb. 12, 2021, through April 25, 2021, the CDC said. Epidemiologic and laboratory data claims that contact with backyard poultry is making people sick. The highest number of salmonella cases from backyard...

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Florida parents take steps to prevent drowning deaths

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — May is National Water Safety Month and parents are taking steps to prevent drowning deaths in Florida. Bret Croft’s two-year-old son practices survival through Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) for 10 minutes a day. “What we call it is a sequence, swim-float swim,” Instructor Judy Fernandez said. “So in the event, God forbid, he were to fall in, he would know how to save himself and hopefully get himself out.” His lessons with Fernandez help him learn what to do in an emergency. Croft said it brings him peace of mind. “It’s...

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Faux fence workers try to burglarize home by distracting people inside

SARASOTA, Fla. — Detectives are looking into a suspected home invasion attempt that happened on Monday in Sarasota. Around 4:30 p.m., a resident of West Royal Flamingo Drive said they saw a man wearing a baseball hat, mask, and a white long-sleeved shirt carrying a walkie-talkie. The man knocked on the front door and was greeted by the homeowner. As the homeowner walked around the back of the house with the suspicious person, he told officers with the Sarasota Police Department that he noticed the man was speaking into a walkie-talkie. Minutes later, a second man, wearing a large...

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VIDEO: Police chase 17-year-old hit and run suspect through the woods

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Just minutes after a 6:30 a.m. crash in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, a teen got out of his car and took off down the road on foot, leaving the other driver at the scene, police said. The Daytona Beach Police Department Aviation Unit quickly launched two drones, as ground units and K9s went in search of the hit and run suspect. The drones were able to located 17-year-old Trenton Hunt, who was running through a parking lot on Mason Avenue, police said. Pilots directed the ground units to Hunt’s location where a foot chase ensued. WATCH: Drone footage cuts...

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Florida homeowners face soaring property insurance rates

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Property insurance rates are on the rise for homeowners in Southwest Florida. In some cases, people are seeing the amount they normally pay, doubling. The property insurance market is in turmoil and one big reason is the massive amount of fraud since hurricane Irma struck the state. If you’re a property owner in Southwest Florida, your home insurance might be going through the roof. The problem is so serious that many realtors fear it could threaten the booming housing market.   Serena Warf, a Cape Coral resident, was caught off guard when she...

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