Attorney General Bondi released the following statement ahead of Independence Day: [Read more…] about Attorney General Bondi’s Fourth of July Statement
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service encourage Floridians to use fireworks responsibly while celebrating this Fourth of July. Since January, 1,564 wildfires have burned approximately 89,307 acres throughout Florida. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam Provides Fireworks Tips for Safe Independence Day
Ahead of his planned visit to Israel, Gov. Scott proclaimed Monday as Florida’s Celebration of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, recognizing the close relationship between Israel and Florida. To read the proclamation, click HERE.
As announced on May 4, Governor Rick Scott will travel to Israel for the May 14 opening of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The trip will mark the Governor’s third official visit to Israel. The most recent visit was in December 2017 where the Governor expressed his full support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To view video of the Governor at the Western Wall expressing his support, click HERE.
On Sunday, May 13, Governor Scott will attend a dinner with the Friends of Zion Museum honoring the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
On Monday, May 14, Governor Scott will attend the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Before the opening, Governor Scott will attend a breakfast hosted by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. A more detailed schedule will be released soon.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) reminds parents and caregivers to take extra precautions to keep their children safe during the busy holiday weekend. Independence Day is an important time to reflect on the nation’s history and celebrate our freedom; but 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 Secretary Mike Carroll said. “As Florida’s summer heat draws many of us to water on the weekends and holidays, remember that drowning remains a leading cause of death for children in our communities and can be prevented by adult supervision.”
Here are a few family safety tips to keep in mind:
- Use good judgment when going boating. Make sure every passenger uses flotation devices and children are always secured by an adult while on a vessel.
- There should always be an unimpaired adult actively watching children playing around or swimming in pools. When a child falls into a pool or a swimmer begins struggling, every second counts in preventing a drowning.
- Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying and always follow all safety instructions. When lighting fireworks, including sparklers, always have water handy, such as a hose or bucket.
- Use your grill well away from your home and deck, and out from under branches or overhangs.
- If you attend a large event, plan ahead by determining a safe place to meet in case your family gets separated.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow these simple precautions to have a safe holiday.