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MAKE-A-WISH: 4-Year-Old-Boy Stone Hicks Becomes Orlando Police Officer For A Day



ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida, Orlando City Soccer, Orlando Magic and Orlando Police Department teamed up Wednesday morning to make a dream come true for a 4-year-old boy wish of becoming a police officer for a day.

Two years after battling kidney failure and receiving a life-saving kidney transplant from his father, Stone was given the ultimate experience of being a police officer for a day with the Orlando Police Department.

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



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



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
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
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, and make a business plan at
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
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 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



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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