Say goodbye to the worst month on record for COVID-19 fatalities in Florida. The Department of Health reported the deaths of 4,806 Floridians in January, breaking the record set in August by 462.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Gov. Ron DeSantis says we need to vaccinate seniors first because they face the greatest risk, but there’s another group that may be just as vulnerable are off the list — persons with physical or intellectual disabilities.
— As lawmakers gear up for next month’s Legislative Session, they’re facing backlash over a bill to crackdown on protesters. During its first committee hearing, House Bill 1 drew dozens of vocal opponents and Republicans not happy with what they heard.
— In the aftermath of the scandal at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, state lawmakers are looking at other nonprofits that have exclusive deals to act as service providers from the state. State investigators have found more than a dozen organizations doing business for the state that appear to have paid too much to the top brass.
— DeSantis may have to find a new chief of staff. Shane Strum is a finalist for CEO of Broward Health which pays about 5 times as much as he makes working for the Governor.
— And Finally, a Florida Man and Woman squared off in an elevator. Both were topless.