With Hurricane Sally approaching, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The Governor said that almost as an afterthought. The declaration came at the end of his press conference announcing the choice of a new Florida Supreme Court Justice after his first selection was rejected because she doesn’t have enough experience.
— The Florida Man who almost beat DeSantis in the 2018 Governor’s race has come out of the closet (well, halfway). Andrew Gillum says he’s not gay, but he does identity as bisexual.
— It was Gillum’s first interview since an incident in March where he was found passed out on the floor of a hotel in Miami Beach in the same room where a male acquaintance was being treated for an overdose.
— Joe Biden brings his campaign to Florida, to talk with veterans in Tampa and attend the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Kissimmee. It’s his first visit to Florida since the pandemic began and they’ll be talking about COVID-19 … a lot.
— Florida’s Department of Health reported 1,736 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, the lowest single-day count seen since June. The Department also reported 36 new fatalities, making the statewide death toll 12,900.
— DeSantis’ handling of the COVID-19 crisis inspired some teachers to run for office.
— Florida pays tribute to missing children, and the people who try to find them. The Governor and First Lady Casey DeSantis led the virtual memorial on Missing Children’s Day.
— And checking-in with a Florida Woman who decided to try before you buy; usually a good idea, unless it happens to be a sex toy.