Florida’s Department of Health reports more than 13,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s the third-highest daily total since the state began keeping count.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— The state also reported 104 new fatalities Thursday, making it the seventh day in a row where the daily death toll hit triple digits. And it’s one more reason why the graduate student’s union at Florida A&M is opposing the administration’s plan to resume face to face instruction in January.
— Sunrise looks at the agreement between the feds and the state, which allows Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to bypass the feds when issuing permits to destroy or alter protected wetlands. Republicans in Florida’s Congressional delegation love the idea.
— Democrats are NOT happy. They say the Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t have enough people to enforce the existing laws … let alone take on new responsibilities. Environmentalists call this a gift to developers in the final days of the Trump administration.
— Florida sheriffs have teamed up with Florida State University to create a new training program that teaches law enforcement officers how to deal with the day-to-day stress of being a law enforcement officer. The online program is called “Resiliency Behind the Badge.”
— And finally, a Florida Man is charged with possessing child pornography. He’s a Baptist pastor.