Gov. Ron DeSantis has decided kids will NOT be going back to school on May 4 after all. The class of 2020 will finish off the school year virtually. Both DeSantis and the Florida Education Association president weigh-in.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The Governor also decided to reveal more information about the COVID-19 problem in nursing homes and seniors living centers, which now number over 300.
— The state’s unemployment rate for March shot up from 2.8 to 4.3%, but that does not include hundreds of thousands of Floridians who could not get through the phones or the web portal to file a claim. So, it is not really an accurate reflection of just how bad things are right now.
— At some point today, DeSantis will announce the members of his new task force on Economic Rebounding and Resurgence of Florida after the pandemic. The panel expects to have a short-range plan by the end of the week.
— Beaches in Jacksonville and Saint Johns County have reopened; where officials have imposed time limits and insist on social distancing while in the sand. But pictures of people returning to the beach led to a new trend on Twitter over the weekend: #FloridaMorons.
— Sunrise remembers Matthew Gotha, who passed away Saturday at the age of 36. Rep. Chip LaMarca offers his remembrance.
— The latest in Florida Man, with not one, but two stories that revolve around golf carts.