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When Bars Reopen In All 50 States

"I mean ... go enjoy. Have a drink. It’s fine." – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  ORLANDO, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that the majority of the state would take another step in his reopening plan and move to phase two during an address at Universal Orlando. DeSantis said: “Today as we take another step, we’re applying this to the 64 counties, and obviously going to work with the three southeast Florida counties, as we...

Vacationing ‘Super-Spreaders’ May Ruin Everything

June 1, 2020 | Fox News – As states across America being to reopen, some scientists are voicing fears about so-called "super spreaders" who may be responsible for larger numbers of coronavirus cases through airborne transmission. Although many businesses are reopening with stringent social distancing guidelines, those practices vary significantly from state to state and even from city to city within various states. Kimberly Prather, an atmospheric chemist at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of...

Planning A National Park Visit? Think Again

Visitors should steel themselves for a "new normal" that will not likely square with their last trip, said Acting Park Service Director David Vela. | National parks visitors should plan for 'new normal' BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — After closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation, including two in Utah, with limited offerings and services. Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely shuttered...

Another Deadly Alligator Attack; This Time It’s NOT In Florida

Deputies: Woman killed in alligator attack at pond near home Kiawah Island, SC (AP) – Deputies shot and killed an alligator that fatally attacked a woman on Friday, authorities said. The officers were called to a pond on Kiawah Island, South Carolina around 5 p.m. and saw the animal attack, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said. The woman was dead. Deputies retrieved the alligator's carcass to help with the investigation, deputies said on Twitter. Authorities did not say...

Best Places To Vacation This Summer

An out-of-state license plate could draw unwanted attention to your spring and summer travels | Need a game plan to save your summer vacation? Take a look at in-state options | Apr 30, 2020 Stat News – For all that’s still being discovered about the novel coronavirus, one thing was clear from the beginning: It moves. In just a few months, it sprinted around the world and left in its wake a trail of death, social paralysis, and economic...

Surfing ‘Essential’ In FL, Banned In This Popular Beach Town

Seeking to avoid $62 fine, surfers use secret beach access points cops can't touch | Seacoast Online, HAMPTON, N.H. - While the beaches were closed Saturday by order of the governor to prevent the spread of coronavirus, some surfers were still enjoying waves off New Hampshire’s coast in the days that followed. Carter Walsh, 25, said he walked down to a point break in Hampton Monday night to find some surfers in the water. He preferred...

This Florida City Is NOT Reopening Beaches

In bay area, losses from response to the virus are projected to be more damaging than the virus itself  April 21, 2020 Tampa Bay Times – The Tampa Bay area and Florida are likely to feel more economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic than most parts of the country, a local analysis published Tuesday concludes. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission’s study said Florida has fewer diagnosed COVID-19 cases per capita than many states, but its economy...

UPDATE: Packed Beaches Are NOT Fake News [PICS]

"I saw this earlier and thought it was fake news! Guess wasnt!" – Barry Huffiger, Facebook  UPDATE: YES, these pictures were taken at Jacksonville Beach Originally published 4.20.2020, "Beaches Reopen, Packed In 26 Minutes" | Updated 4.21.2020 Crowds flock to beaches amid record COVID-19 cases CBS News – Mayor Lenny Curry reopened beaches and parks in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, after Governor Ron DeSantis gave the green light for them to reopen, despite the state hitting a record number...

“Stay Out Of Our Country, Eh?”

Taking No Chances, Canada Keeps Border Closed Apr 18, 2020 TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days and he said it will be undoubtedly longer before the restriction is removed. Trudeau said it will keep people on both sides of the border safe amid the pandemic. "The agreement is the same terms. It's just extended for another...

Get Weather App Here | Kennedys Ignored Small Craft Advisory

"Winds gusted to 35 mph in that part of the bay on Thursday afternoon, and a small craft advisory was issued. "  | Apr 3, 2020 | Kennedy kin presumed dead after canoeing on windy Chesapeake Bay | The Weather Channel – A granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and her young son are presumed dead after a canoe accident on the windy Chesapeake Bay Thursday afternoon. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says authorities...

Stranded US Tourists Desperate To Get Home

March 20, 2020 By MITCH WEISS and HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press – After being confined to a hotel room in Peru and watching "heavily armed guards" patrolling the streets, Linda Scruggs was awash with emotions Saturday when she glimpsed out the airplane window at the Florida Everglades below. Scruggs and her traveling companion, Mike Rustici, were among dozens of American citizens who caught a LATAM Airlines flight to Miami after being trapped for days in the Peruvian...

Tiny Device Distracts More Drivers Than Texting

"Cigarette smoking produces a remarkable risk for road safety ..." Vaping, Smoking While Driving Cause Accidents  New 'hands-free' driving laws restrict cellphone use, but saying nothing about cigarettes, e-cigs “Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely,” says Doug Smith, senior vice president of personal lines at Erie Insurance. Cigarette smoking is certainly one such activity. Think about it: In...

Cancel Your Summer Vacation? COVID-19 Unleashing ‘Months Of Trouble’

World girds for months of trouble as virus pushes west PLUS: Will COVID-19 ruin your travel plans? Follow these 3 tips |  Mar 5, 2020 Bangkok (AP) – People around the world girded for months of disruptions from the new virus Thursday as its unrelenting spread brought ballooning infections, economic fallout and sweeping containment measures. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, leader of the World Health Organization, said of the 2-month-old virus outbreak: "Countries should be preparing for sustained community transmission. Our message...

Scores Rescued, Others Dead in Bizarre Alaskan Quest

UNHEALTHY OBSESSION: They went to Alaska for adventure. They found starvation, frostbite, and death. 'Into the Wild' lures the unprepared to Alaska wilderness |  Anchorage (AP) — For nearly a quarter-century, the old bus abandoned in Alaska's punishing wilderness has drawn adventurers seeking to retrace the steps of a young idealist who met a tragic death in the derelict vehicle. For many, Christopher McCandless' legend was cemented in the 1996 "Into the Wild" book and later in...

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