Florida to begin statewide appointment system for vaccine

Editor’s note:  Charlotte County’s distribution effort has been stymied by a surging demand from its 65+ population and limited supply.  When vaccine is available, residents quickly overwhelm this registration site. By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press, Jan 14, 2021   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday that a statewide…

Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…