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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Monoclonal Antibody Site in Osceola County

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FILE - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis answers questions during a press conference alongside Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in downtown Orlando, Florida on August 26, 2021. File photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was in St. Cloud to announce that Florida will open a new monoclonal antibody treatment site in Osceola County at St. Cloud Community Center. Additionally, the Governor was joined by Floridians who have recovered thanks to monoclonal therapies.

Florida now has 23 state-run monoclonal antibody treatment sites.

The Osceola County site is located at:

St. Cloud Community Center
3101 17th Street
St. Cloud, Florida 34769
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Hear directly from monoclonal antibody recipients about their experience with the therapy…

Paola Roman, who has a home in St. Cloud with her husband David, said, “I believe my first symptoms were on a Thursday, and I remember getting in the car and saying a quick prayer. I had a week where it was extremely difficult to even just get up and shower, brush my teeth. Walking from the bedroom to get a water refill, my legs were like spaghetti. I want to say thank you because it was extremely helpful to be able to drive over to Orlando and to get the treatment.

 

David Roman, Paola’s husband who is an architect, designer and former pastor, said, “When my wife came home sick I knew that there were options and resources, so I started to read as much as I could on what could be done. I saw an advertisement from the state on this treatment, and I saw that there was one within driving distance from our home here in St. Cloud. After waves of nausea and temperatures spikes, I got the Regeneron treatment. 3 days later I was back up and I felt like myself again, and I just want to say thank you so much.”

 

Chrissy Malukiewicz, who found out about the treatment from her brother-in-law who works in law enforcement, said, “I tested positive for COVID in August, two weeks prior to that, my brother and his wife, who reside in citrus county, had tested positive for COVID. The moment that I told them that I tested positive, they encouraged me to go get the antibody treatment. I fell asleep still experiencing symptoms, but the next morning my fever had broken, no more chills, no more body aches, and I only had a dull headache. I thoroughly believe that these antibodies are here to help us, and I am so incredibly grateful and thankful that our state has these available to us.”

 

Dennis Sharp, an Osceola County resident with a suppressed immune system, said, “I have been being treated for cancer at MD Anderson in Houston. I tested positive for COVID in August, and they advised me that I needed to get the monoclonal treatment. A few days later I got the treatment. My symptoms leveled out, and I made it through within the 10-day quarantine.

“My mother in her seventies ended up with COVID as well. I made her and her husband aware of this treatment, and they were able to visit one of the state sites and get treated. Her husband has not tested positive and her symptoms went away. I got the treatment and was able to promote it to family members, and I’ll continue to promote it to family, friends, employees, because I really believe it helps to keep people from having long hospital stays.”

 

Bill Sturgeon, St. Cloud City Manager whose daughter contracted COVID, said, “My daughter was diagnosed with COVID, had difficulty breathing, and drove herself to the hospital. I knew she was in serious situation and ensured she received the monoclonal antibodies. It was an easy decision for me to help set up this site in Osceola County, and I attribute the treatment to saving her life.”

 

Previously opened State of Florida monoclonal antibody sites are located at:

Alachua County
Fellowship Church
16916 Northwest U.S. Highway 441
High Springs, Florida 32643
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bay County
Bay County Fairgrounds
2230 East 15th Street
Panama City, Florida 32405
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Brevard County
Kiwanis Island Park
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
Merritt Island, Florida 32952
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Broward County
C.B. Smith Park
900 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028
Hours: 7 days a week; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charlotte County
Tringali Community Center
3460 North Access Road
Englewood, Florida 34224
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Collier County
Old Dollar General
1500 Lake Trafford Road
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Duval County
Jacksonville Public Library
304 North Main Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Escambia County
Bayview Community Center
2001 East Lloyd Street
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hillsborough County
Kings Forest Park
8008 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, Florida 33610
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lee County
Old Bonita Springs Library
26876 Pine Avenue
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leon County
Vacant Sears
1500 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Manatee County
Manatee Memorial Hospital Complex
206 2nd Street East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade County
Tropical Park
7900 Southwest 40 Street
Miami, Florida 33155
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Okaloosa County
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
1958 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orange County
Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place
Orlando, Florida 32805
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Palm Beach County
West Gate Park
3691 Oswego Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pasco County
Fasano Center
11611 Denton Avenue
Hudson, Florida 34667
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Pinellas County
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
409 South Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Polk County
Church at the Mall
1010 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, Florida 33801
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

St. Lucie County
Havert L. Fenn Center
2000 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sumter County
Barnstorm Theater
2720 Brownwood Boulevard
The Villages, Florida 32163
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Volusia County
Ormond Beach Senior Center
351 Andrews Street
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments around the entire state, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

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US Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell Invest $125,000 In The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla – Each election cycle ambitious and talented Democratic candidates raise millions of dollars in Florida for voter outreach as they run for statewide or regional office.

Win or lose, when elections are over, they take the money, the manpower and the technology with them. This leaves Democratic caucuses, like the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida and its 27 chapters, with little to no infrastructure to continue their vital work with voters. Black voters, especially, are critical to victories in elections statewide.

“The Black caucus ends up with much of the blame for dwindling Black voter outreach throughout the year,” Campbell said. ”New Black candidates must start from scratch without any meaningful resources from the Florida Democratic Party.”

Today, U.S. Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell is announcing a substantial in-kind investment, valued at $125,000, in the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida to provide:
1. Infrastructure to include the essentials for success: office space, staff and technology
2. Support to enable all 67 counties to have their own chapters
3. Power to help chapters organize, mobilize and fundraise

Campbell is committed to the success of this effort and plans to continue to contribute to this effort in the future.

Today he challenges the FDP and state and regional candidates to invest in efforts to raise the bar for Black voter turnout in Florida.

“It’s easy to complain Black voters aren’t going to the polls, but what are we going to do about it?” Campbell asked. “We need leadership in Democratic politics to move the needle.”

As his first initiative, Campbell wants to integrate the Democratic Black Caucus chapters’ technology into a single, integrated, interoperable platform. As new chapters come on board and new members join, they will be able to hit the ground running.

“I want to challenge the Florida Democratic Party and candidates running regional campaigns to make an investment in the Black Caucus to shift the history of ignoring Black voters,” Campbell said. “We want to return the state to blue and the only way to do that is to invest now in our Democratic infrastructure.”

The model can be duplicated by the Hispanic Caucus, Veterans Caucus, Asian Caucus, Disability Caucus, Jewish Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and others. This infrastructure is designed to bring the most talented and the most capable people in the Democratic party to the forefront.

According to the State Elections site, there are currently 1,276,000 Black Democrats in Florida of 4,340,000 registered Democrats.

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Governor DeSantis Encourages Residents to Take Advantage of Disaster Preparation Sales Tax Holiday

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Concurrent to the start of the 2024 hurricane season, Governor Ron DeSantis today urged residents to take advantage of the 14-day sales tax holiday for disaster preparation supplies. Governor DeSantis also encouraged Floridians to have a plan in place for their families if disaster strikes their area and to put together a disaster readiness kit at home.
Governor DeSantis also announced a $7.5 million award to Lee County through Florida’s Job Growth Grant Fund to help rebuild and enhance the shrimp dock, which was destroyed during Hurricane Ian, at San Carolos Maritime Park. This dual-purpose facility will serve as an emergency operations site to launch barges, provide a place for shrimp vessels to dock, and transfer product to distribution trucks.
“With hurricane season underway, now is the time to get prepared and ensure you have a disaster plan in place,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I encourage all Floridians to use the sales tax holiday to stock up on the necessary emergency supplies and assemble a disaster preparedness kit.”
“Thanks to the steadfast leadership of Governor DeSantis, the state has all the resources necessary to support Florida communities in the event a storm does strike this hurricane season,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Executive Director Kevin Guthrie. “I’ve spent the last month traveling around the state to meet with county emergency managers to ensure preparedness and coordination at all levels. Now, I encourage Floridians to finalize their preparedness plans for their homes and businesses, because it only takes one storm to severely impact a community.”
Right now, through June 14, the first of two Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays is happening, which means many disaster preparation items can be purchased tax-free, including:
  • Water
  • Shelf-stable canned food
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Reusable ice
  • Pet items
  • Toys
  • Portable power banks and more
Other important items that are tax-free include:
  • Portable generators
  • Tarps or other waterproof sheeting
  • Smoke detectors and alarms
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Portable radios less than $50
And since pets are part of the family, too, several items such as pet leashes, beds, wet and dry food, and over-the-counter pet medications can also be purchased tax-free through June 14. For a full disaster supply kit checklist, visit FloridaDisaster.org/Kit.
Preparedness efforts and resources include:
Get Educated, Get Informed
  • Learn about community disaster plans and community warning systems. Every household is encouraged to have a battery-operated or hand-crank weather radio to ensure they can continue to receive alerts from the National Weather Service in the event of power outages or damaged cell towers.
  • Register to receive life-saving emergency weather alerts at FloridaDisaster.org/AlertFlorida.
Make a Plan
  • Make a list of personal household needs and resources for meeting them in a disaster environment.
  • Include all members of the family, including children, in the disaster preparedness planning process, so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Pets are part of the family, too – identify a safe place to take pets if you cannot bring them with you during an evacuation. Never leave household pets behind during a hurricane or tropical storm.
  • Make a family plan at FloridaDisaster.org/PlanPrepare, and make a business plan at Business.FloridaDisaster.org.
Inventory Home Possessions
  • Make a record of your possessions – in writing or video – to help claim reimbursement in case of loss or damage.
Reduce Home Hazards
  • Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired.
  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Have cracks in ceilings and foundations repaired.
  • Make landscaping hurricane-resistant by trimming trees and plants down and putting any items inside that may turn into dangerous projectiles in high winds.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
  • Every household should have a fully stocked disaster supply kit with at least seven days of items for each household member, including consideration of children, pets and seniors.
  • Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday began June 1, and provides residents with the opportunity to purchase supplies tax-free during one of two 14-day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays.
  • For a full disaster supply kit checklist, visit FloridaDisaster.org/Kit.
Safeguard Important Records and Documents
  • Keep copies of important family records and other documents (birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, passports, wills, deeds, insurance cards, etc.) in a safe deposit box or other waterproof location.
Know Your Zone, Know Your Home
  • Visit FloridaDisaster.org/Know to learn if you live in an evacuation zone or low-lying flood-prone area.
  • Know your home’s ability to withstand hurricane-force winds.
  • Follow all evacuation orders issued by local county emergency management officials.
If You’re Halfway Full, You’re Halfway There
  • During hurricane season, vehicles should always have at least half a tank of gas or be halfway charged to ensure they have enough fuel to evacuate as soon as possible without worrying about long lines at gas stations and to avoid gas shortages prior to a storm.
Evacuate Tens of Miles, Not Hundreds of Miles
  • Evacuations do not have to be hundreds of miles away – they can typically be tens of miles inland to a location that can withstand hurricane-force winds and remain out of reach from life-threatening storm surge.
2024 Florida Hurricane Season Guide
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US Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell (D) Endorsed By 29 Current And Former Elected Officials

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MIAMI, Fla. (FNN) – In April, US Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell (D) campaign announced in a press release the endorsements of 29 prominent leaders from across the state of Florida.

Here’s The Full Press Release:

In a show of unity and support, Stanley Campbell, a distinguished candidate for the U.S. Senate from Miami, Florida, has received endorsements from a coalition of influential elected leaders from across the state. This collective endorsement underscores Campbell’s deep-rooted connection to these communities and his commitment to represent the interests and aspirations of all residents at the national level.

“We’re not running the typical political campaign that’s about dialing for dollars first and talking to voters last. We spent the last quarter of 2023 laser focused on touring the state and talking directly with diverse groups of constituents about the issues that matter most to them. We then used the first quarter of 2024 to include in-depth conversations with their elected leaders about proposed solutions. We are building momentum from the ground up and community by community because the only folks I will be beholden to are the residents of this great state,” declared.

Endorsing leaders from Broward include Mayor Wayne Messam, Mayor Sam Borgelin, Vice Mayors Darrell Lewis-Ricketts and Mark Spence, City and County Commissioners Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis, Maxwell Chambers, Dr. Katrina Touchstone, Joy Smith, Anthony Caggiano, Hazelle Rodgers, Jacqueline Guzman, Mark Douglas and Sarai Rae Martin. Also endorsing from Broward are former House Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed, Mayor Dale Holness, former Commissioners Richard Campbell, Vice Mayor Mike Gelin, Edward Phillips, and Anthony Sanders.

Additionally, Councilman Douglas Lawson, Councilwoman Katrina Long Robinson, School Board member Edwin Ferguson and former Commissioner Richard Ryles of Palm Beach County endorsed, as did formers Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin and Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando, and former Senator Tony Hill, Councilman Reggie Gaffney, Jr. and former Councilmen Dr. Johnny and Reggie Gaffney of Jacksonville.

Each of these elected officials is a respected figure within their own right, known for their dedication to the welfare and advancement of Jacksonville’s communities. Senator Hill, in expressing his support, stated, “I support Campbell because in Duval, we’re overlooked by the Party. His military background, work with NASA as a FAMU student, and his innovative efforts to stop $150 million in Medicare fraud penalties daily highlight his commitment to this state and our communities. As someone who has lived in six different parts of the state, he speaks directly to our communities, embodying the leadership we need to uplift our own.”

Stanley Campbell’s campaign has been marked by a focus on integrity, innovation, and inclusivity, drawing on his extensive background in the military, healthcare and security IT, and his work in combating Medicare fraud. His platform prioritizes healthcare, economic development, education and justice reform, aiming to address the critical issues facing many Floridians today.

The endorsements from these 29 leaders follow his recently announced endorsement from Congresswoman Donna Christensen. They not only represent a significant momentum boost for Campbell’s campaign but also signal a growing consensus among elected leaders about the need for new, experienced and dynamic representation in the U.S. Senate.

Campbell expressed his gratitude for the endorsements, saying, “I am deeply honored to receive the support of such esteemed leaders. Together, we stand united in our commitment to bring real change to Florida and to ensure that all voices are heard loud and clear in Washington.”

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