Storm #28 is coming
New research shows this vitamin might help with COVID
Floridians approve amendment raising minimum wage to $15/hour
Voters overwhelmingly supported change
Minimum wage in Florida will soon be $15/hour. Voters passed an amendment on election day that changes the state constitution. The minimum wage in the state is currently $8.56 per hour. Voters supported Amendment 2, which passed with 61% support. Florida has a rising cost of living, which supporters say will provide a higher standard of living. Opponents say the rise will cause economic recovery after the pandemic to struggle and negatively impact the state’s tourism industry.
28th storm of the season
Eta, which is the 28th named storm of 2020’s hurricane season, was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and brought dangerous levels of flooding over Central America as of Wednesday morning. The storm was forecast to become a tropical depression Wednesday night, then move toward the Caribbean Sea Friday. The storm is expected to regain strength as it moves toward South Florida. Parts of Tampa Bay are in the cone of the hurricane, and forecasters are predicting wind and flooding.
Florida Gov. blasts Fox News over election coverage
Accused network of waiting to call Florida for Trump for ratings
During Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press conference in Tallahassee, the governor slammed news outlets – particularly Fox News – for their coverage of the 2020 presidential election. DeSantis claimed the network called Arizona too quickly for Biden while waiting too long to call Florida for Trump to boost ratings. The governor also addressed the improvements the state has made since the recount fiasco in the Bush vs. Gore race in 2000, and the chaos regarding elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties in 2018.
Studies examine possible link between Vitamin D and COVID-19
Expands on Vitamin D’s role in illness response
Vitamin D has long been considered a necessity when fighting off an illness. People who have lower Vitamin D levels are more likely to get infections leading to hospitalization, trips to the ICU, or death. Doctors are currently seeing the same trend among those battling against the coronavirus, prompting over 40 studies to determine the cause of the correlation. Researchers are also studying how Vitamin D absorption can negatively affect African-American communities, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. People with darker skin tones get less Vitamin D because the nutrient is absorbed into the body through sunlight. Click here to read more.
Sarasota County plans to revamp public transport
“Mobility on Demand” service coming to area
Plans to improve the Sarasota County Area Transit System’s efficiency have been in development for years, but now something might be changing. Public transportation users frequently complain about buses that don’t run late enough or too infrequently. On Wednesday, Commissioners approved the plan for Sarasota County Area Transit systems, which will reportedly save taxpayers millions of dollars per year. A new service will allow those who live or work far from a bus stop to be driven to the stop via a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft. From there, they can ride the bus along a main core route. Users only pay one fare. The approach has been adopted by nearby St. Petersburg. A “Mobility on Demand” service allows users to book a trip on the spot or in advance using an app on SCAT’s website or by calling the county call center. The county plans to use this service in place of bus routes that are often empty.
Metropolitan Ministries opens holiday tent
Group seeks donations, volunteers
Metropolitan Ministries opened their Holiday Tent locations Monday morning. Metro Ministries expects to feed around 50,000 families this year. They typically feed about 40,000 families. The organization has opened more locations to serve those in need. The non-profits needs donations of non-perishable items and holiday food items such as canned yams, cranberry sauce, and frozen turkeys. The group also needs volunteers. Interested persons can register to be a volunteer as an individual or as a group through Metro Ministries’ websites.