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Article Icon 1 Florida Upholds Anti-riot Law

The Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that peaceful protesters aren’t threatened by a Florida law passed in 2021 to crack down on violent demonstrations.

Gov. Ron DeSantis championed the law after nationwide protests following the 2020 death of George Floyd. Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging the ambiguity of the measure, saying it could lead to peaceful protesters facing charges when demonstrations turn violent.

Thursday’s main opinion ruled that the law wasn’t ambiguous. It agreed with DeSantis and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, another defendant in the lawsuit, that a “peaceful protester, under the most natural reading of the statute, is no rioter.”

Article Icon 1 Deadly Rip Currents Claim Six in Florida Waters

At least six out-of-state visitors were killed this week in rough surf along both of Florida’s coasts, with more dangerous conditions expected this week.

In Martin County’s Hutchison Island, a Pennsylvania family was swept out into the Atlantic by a rip current. The couple’s two children were able to make it back to shore, but their parents were found unconscious and rushed to a local hospital, where they later died.

In the Gulf, four people drowned in rip currents in Panama City in 48 hours. A teen from Oklahoma died on Thursday after being caught in rough waters, while three men in their 20s from Birmingham, Alabama, died on Friday.

In 2023, more than 30 people died after encountering rip currents along the Sunshine State, with half happening along the Florida Panhandle.

Article Icon 1 List: Florida’s 30 Highest-rated Beers

Stacker last week released a list of the 30 highest rated beers brewed in Florida using ratings from BeerAdvocate. Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout earned the #1 spot.

The craft beer explosion that began in the 2000s continues its boom with the number of breweries in the United States growing by 567% from 2003 to 2023.

According to Visit Florida, the Sunshine State has at least 350 microbreweries, 50 distilleries, and 40 wineries. You can see the full list here.

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Around Florida
South Florida

New Port Richey: Council leaders have agreed to a $7.74 million public incentive with Royal Five Hospitality Inc. for the Aqua Harbor development project, which the city considers its future southern entrance. (More)

Miami-Dade: A $160 million real estate deal for a new South Dade Government Center fell apart last week when Mayor Daniella Levine Cava notified the owner of the office complex that the city was backing out. (More)

Central Florida

Madeira Beach: Mayor Jim Rostek resigned last week after sending a letter to city residents outlining a series of concerns surrounding what he calls “corruptive behavior.” (More)

Space Coast: NASA announced last week its crewed Boeing Starliner won’t return to Earth before July. The scheduled June 26 return was changed due to “timing conflicts.” (More)

Hillsborough County: The Department of Health confirmed on Friday a locally-acquired human case of dengue fever. The department published a list of basic precautions. (See List)

North Florida

The Jaguars are considering Camping World Stadium in Orlando and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville as possible sites for 2027 NFL home games during a $1.4 billion renovation of the team’s city-owned stadium in Jacksonville. Three games could also be played in London, per last week’s city council meeting. (More)

Jacksonville: A new mural by local artist Martin Torres was unveiled last week at the corporate headquarters of Swisher to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. The mural depicts the history of the company, which makes tobacco products. (See Picture)

The Panhandle

 Santa Rosa County: Commissioner James Calkins is presenting a resolution today to ban ‘illegal aliens’ from the county, saying they aren’t welcome there. (More)

 Tallahassee: A former top law enforcement official filed a lawsuit last week claiming Gov. Ron DeSantis and his top aides forced him to retire after he refused to carry out orders he says were illegal or inappropriate. (More)

Texas Sports

The Panthers will face the Oilers in game 7 tonight to decide the Stanley Cup Championship after losing game 6 on Friday 5-1. The Panthers led the series by 3-0 but have lost the last three games. (More)

The Miami Marlins are facing some extended absences in their rotation, with multiple starters being moved to the 60-day injured list on Sunday. (More)

Hometown Heroes: The FSU Seminoles and Florida Gators both received fan receptions upon returning home from reaching the national semifinals of the baseball College World Series.

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The Business Of Texas

JPMorgan Chase announced Friday that it plans to double its downtown Miami office space and add a new office in West Palm Beach. The world’s largest bank contributes $1.93 billion annually to the region. (More)

Disney employees filed a class action lawsuit last week saying the entertainment giant fraudulently induced them to move to Florida from California. They are seeking undisclosed economic and punitive damages. (More)

 Estero-based Hertz Global Holdings said last week it will sell $750 million worth of bonds after a failed bet on electric vehicles. The car rental firm expects to use the proceeds to pay down a portion of its $2 billion revolving credit. (More)

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Et Cetera

A new law signed by Gov. DeSantis on Friday makes it legal for Floridians to kill black bears under certain circumstances. The law was dubbed “the cocaine bear bill.” (More)

Treasure hunters found hundreds of silver coins last month from a historic 1715 Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Indian River County. (See Video)

The Lady Catherine ‘ghost ship’ washed up in Pensacola Beach last week after floating alone for weeks in the Gulf. (See Photos)

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Do you think the Florida Panthers will beat the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup Final?

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Friday’s Results:

Have you ever visited Everglades National Park?

    1. Yes: 47.6%
    2. No: 52.4%
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