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DCF reminds families to stay safe while celebrating Independence Day

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As Floridians celebrate the long Independence Day weekend, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is reminding parents and caregivers to take extra precautions to keep children safe. While Independence Day is an important time to reflect on the nation’s history and celebrate our freedom, it is also important to take some simple steps to ensure your family’s safety. “Whether on the playground or at a campground, make sure your family stays safe as you celebrate Independence Day,” DCF…

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Florida wildlife officials urge safety, beacons for July Fourth weekend boating

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During the Fourth of July holiday, many people take to the water to celebrate Independence Day. The warm, sunny days of summer combined with viewing fireworks puts many more boats and people on the water near one another. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to use caution while boating on this busy holiday. Inattentiveness or improper lookout cause many boating accidents. “Boat operators have a personal responsibility to make sure their passengers are safe and they…

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Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

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To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson‘s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stations looking to add a little levity to their broadcasts, among others. The 52-year-old co-owner of a VHS digitizing company in North Dakota started the calendar in 2013 and soon realized the site could also…

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Despite Obama ‘over-regulation,’ fireworks industry continues to take off

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Firework sales in America are booming, no thanks to the Obama administration. Sales of low-and high-grade celebratory pyrotechnics in the U.S. – both commercial and personal – expect to reach $1 billion, especially since more states and municipalities are allowing the purchase of sparklers, Roman candles, and other consumer fireworks. Many of these places have been rewriting obscure regulations banning limiting their use. But with Fourth of July heralding the start of a busy buying season, one obstacle remains, the industry…

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Florida retailers can expect ‘fireworks’ at cash registers on July 4 weekend, report says

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Florida merchants can expect fireworks for July 4 weekend, and not just the paper-and-gunpowder kind. Just in time for Independence Day this Saturday, a new report from the Florida Retail Federation — the state’s leading consumer sales trade association — says Floridians will beending more this year on holiday-themed events, food and merchandise. In the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, nearly two-thirds of July 4 celebrants (64.4 percent) will hold a cookout,…

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With new law, voting in Florida’s elections will start week of July 4!

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Tucked into HB 131, the wide-ranging election reform legislation which, among other things, regulates online political advertising, as well as the electioneering activities of ‘527’s’, is a provision that moves up the date of when each county’s Supervisor of Elections is required to mail ballots to “early voters,” such as military and overseas voters.  Currently, the law requires Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots no later than 35 days before an election.  HB 131 changes that requirement to “no later than…

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With new law, voting in Florida’s elections will start week of July 4!

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Tucked into HB 131 (which I track using LobbyTools), the wide-ranging election reform legislation which would, among other things, clarify political advertising on the Internet and regulate the electioneering activities of ‘527’s’, is a provision which would move up the date of when each county’s Supervisor of Elections would be required to mail out ballots to “early voters,” such as military and overseas voters. Currently, the law requires Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots no later than 35 days before…

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