Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Urges Patience Amid Demand For COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dec 31, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday asked Floridians to be patient as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out for the state’s seniors, a process that is already creating a rush and placing a substantial burden on hospitals that play a key role in carrying out the governor’s directives.

DeSantis departed last week from federal guidelines and decided to make people 65 and older a priority for vaccinations, as opposed to “essential” workers such as teachers, first responders and grocery-store employees.

DeSantis Breaks With CDC, Puts Vaccine Focus On Seniors Over Essential Workers

Dec 23, 2020
Chris O'Meara / AP Photo

Five more people are confirmed to have died from coronavirus in Duval County since Tuesday, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Duval jumped by nearly 700 overnight. And with two days until Christmas, more than 320 people in the county remain hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

huge crowd of people primarily wearing red while Trump is in the center talking to them. Very large plane in the background, starting to turn into nighttime
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Thousands of supporters gathered outside of a hangar at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to hear President Donald Trump speak Thursday night.

Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update on Florida’s coronavirus siege in Miami on Monday, and did not escape the wrath of an in-person protester. And, Pensacola-area residents now have a new source for local COVID-19 numbers.

The governor had just begun his remarks, when a protester confronted him from where the media was positioned.

“You are doing nothing; you are misleading the public,” said the unidentified man talking over the governor. “Over 4,000 people have died, and you guys have no plan and you are doing nothing.”


With automakers introducing more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced $8.6 million in funding for EV charging stations along state highways.

Gov. Ron DeSantis saw his net worth increase nearly 3 percent in his first year residing in the governor’s mansion.

DeSantis reported a net worth of $291,449 as of Dec. 31, 2019, up from $283,605 at the end of 2018, according to a new financial disclosure posted on the Florida Commission on Ethics website.

TALLAHASSEE --- More than 100 new laws will hit the books Wednesday from the 2020 legislative session, with issues ranging from expanding school vouchers to increasing fines for bear poaching.

Out of 156 bills Gov. Ron DeSantis had signed into law as of Tuesday afternoon, 112, including the state’s new $92.2 billion budget, will take effect Wednesday, the start of the state’s fiscal year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis late Monday signed 28 bills into law, including a controversial measure that will prevent local governments from imposing bans on certain types of sunscreen.

The sunscreen bill (SB 172), spearheaded by Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, stems from a plan by Key West to enforce a ban on the sale of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. Key West pointed to concerns that the chemicals could damage coral reefs.

DeSantis Signs $92.2 Billion Budget, Vetoes $1 Billion

Jun 29, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured on  June 19, 2020, at Florida International University in Miami.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Pointing to “difficult circumstances,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he signed a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year after vetoing about $1 billion in spending.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor on Wednesday renewed her demand that Gov. Ron DeSantis release his administration’s COVID-19 testing and tracing plan for 2020, filing a broad public records request with the state.

After warning of big budget vetoes because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday secured the fate of one major spending item: teacher pay increases. 

The Republican governor signed into law a measure that sets the stage for spending $500 million to try to boost the minimum salaries of classroom teachers to at least $47,500 and to give raises to veteran teachers.

Governor Ron DeSantis likens upcoming budget cuts to the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones—lots of spending is going to die, including some of his own agenda items. The state has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue during the coronavirus pandemic and is expecting the outlook to get worse. State agencies will likely have to hold back a portion of their budgets.

News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 25 bills into law, including approving $2.15 million for a Jacksonville man wrongfully imprisoned for almost 43 years and two measures tied to a series of controversial highway plans.

Kid waiting to hit a baseball, adult throwing a pitch to the kid while they are on a baseball diamond, trees and grass in the background
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Youth sports and summer camps will be free to continue operations, after a Friday morning announcement from Gov. DeSantis lifting all restrictions on the activities effective immediately. 

gym equipment all over the place, with a bin filled with towels and a spray bottle to disinfect
John Raoux / Associated Press

Although Gov. Ron DeSantis has allowed gyms and fitness centers throughout Florida to reopen, some in Jacksonville are struggling to stay afloat.

Outside of the Ponte Vedra library branch in St. Johns County, large building with two pillars holding up the roof to the entrance, tree on the side
Via St. Johns County Public Library System

Public libraries in St. Johns County will begin a phased reopening next Tuesday, May 19, according to a Facebook post from the county government.

Jacksonville Skyline, with a palm tree in the center among a cloudy sky, buildings in the distance
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that beginning May 18th, his local work-from-home executive order will end. 

PBS NewsHour

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that antibody tests will be available soon in Jacksonville.

blue and red barber shop pole outside of storefront
Vicki Palombo / Special to WJCT News

Barber shops and hair salons are still on the sidelines as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening of select businesses during the coronavirus pandemic begins Monday.

empty sidewalk with orange cones in front of store door
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force has launched a public comment submission portal open to all Floridians.


Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order is currently scheduled to expire at the end of the month, but most Florida voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University believe social distancing rules should not be loosened yet.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is extending his 14-day isolation period for people coming from New York to another coronavirus hotspot - New Orleans. 

DeSantis motioning at the podium while speaking, alongside other state officials
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press

All bars and nightclubs statewide will be suspended for the next 30 days beginning 5 p.m. on March 17. 

Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Floridians should still expect to vote in the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 17.

Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a state of emergency declaration for the state of Florida in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor Ron DeSantis, alongside FSCJ's president, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and other officials annoncing the Northeast Florida FinTech Initiative.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced a $3.6 million grant-funded initiative to increase the size of the financial technology workforce in Northeast Florida.

Pictured: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his State of the State address during the opening joint session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee
Steve Cannon / WJCT News

The following is a transcript of Governor Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address, as it was prepared for delivery. The transcript has been provided by the governor’s office and has not been edited.

Pictured: Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, is applauded during his state of the state address to a joint session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee.
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis formally started the 2020 legislative session Tuesday by urging lawmakers to boost pay for many public-school teachers, continue addressing Everglades restoration and water quality and curb business regulations.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured delivering his first State of the State address at the start of the 2019 legislative session.
The Florida Channel

Florida’s 60-day legislative session kicks off Tuesday, and while what’s known as “the process” has evolved over the years, some things remain the same.

State Sen. Rep. Cord Byrd's Twitter page

Speaking to a group of supporters at The Villages, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday once again vowed to require Florida businesses to use a federal system to check the immigration status of new hires.