Florida lawmakers are returning to The Capitol for another week of committee hearings. It’s all part of the run-up to the legislative session that begins March 2.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— 155,000 people have now received both of their flu shots in Florida and more than a million are waiting for their second shot. Gov. Ron DeSantis says the only thing that stops them from doing more is a lack of vaccine.
World War II veteran and former state Sen. Henry Sayler celebrated his 100th birthday last week and he capped it off with a flu shot administered live on Fox and Friends. Sayler’s televised vaccination gave the Governor a “made for TV moment” at a time when he’s under fire for his response to the COVID-19 crisis.
— DeSantis is also boasting about 20,000 new jobs in Florida last month — and a drop in the jobless rate. The chief economist at the state unemployment office says it went from 6.3% to 6.1%.
— Hurricane Irma is history, but the damage is still under repair; the state is handing out $100 million worth of grants to help local governments rebuild infrastructure and enhance their resiliency to storms.
— And finally, a naked Florida Man is accused of stealing the cruiser of a Jacksonville deputy.