The Point, Sept. 1, 2020: Embattled Florida Economic Opportunity Official Resigns


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• Associated Press: Florida’s Economic Opportunity Chief Resigns Amid Jobs Woes. “Florida’s director of economic opportunity resigned Monday, months after being stripped of his oversight of the state’s glitch-ridden unemployment system, which left hundreds of thousands of people waiting weeks – and sometimes months – for benefits after losing their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak.”

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis says replacement for departed DEO head Ken Lawson could be named Tuesday. “In comments to media Monday, the Governor criticized the “difficult system” Lawson administered, crediting Department of Management Services Secretary Jonathan Satter with ‘getting it going.'”

• WUSF: Florida’s Unemployed To Receive Additional $300 A Week In Federal Funds. “The Lost Wages Assistance program is intended to provide $300 a week on top of regular state unemployment benefits for people who can show they were put out of work due to the coronavirus and are eligible for at least $100 a week in state assistance.”

• WMFE: Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees Tell Sick Teachers and Students to Stay Home. “Rivkees says asymptomatic people who may have a pending COVID-19 test result or a sick family member that they live with should also stay home.”

• The Alligator: An eventful first day of classes, quarantines for ACPS students and teachers. “One class at Lake Forest Elementary had to quarantine after a parent called to say their child, who was in the brick-and-mortar classroom, had a COVID-19 test that came back positive, said Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools spokesperson. Johnson said the child shouldn’t have been brought to school.”

• WTSP: Hernando County schools see login issues for online students. “Leaders with the school district said they restarted the process and are working with Microsoft to get things going. So far, school leaders said there is no estimated time when things will get back on track.”

• Bay News 9: DeSantis Extends Eviction, Foreclosure Ban Again. “Landlords can file eviction actions in court, however, final judgments will be withheld until the moratorium is lifted. Renters behind on monthly payments will need to file a motion in court proving they have a coronavirus hardship causing them to miss rent payments, such as a job loss or other income reduction.”

• WJCT: Fixing Jacksonville’s Septic Issues Would Cost $3B. “The need to replace older, outdated septic systems is both environmental and health-related. If a septic tank leaks, it can allow nitrogen and fecal matter into waterways and groundwater supplies.”

• New York Times ($): DNA Evidence Exonerates Man in 1983 Rape and Killing, Prosecutors Say. “Robert DuBoise, 55, has spent two-thirds of his life behind bars for the 1983 rape and killing of a woman in Tampa, Fla…. DNA testing of the samples confirmed what Mr. DuBoise had long said: that he was not responsible for the rape and murder of the woman, Barbara Grams, 19, prosecutors said.”

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