Some snack-sized news nuggets to start your morning:
DeSantis OK’s port projects (via News Service of Florida)
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said the state will provide $3.9 million for work at the Port of Pensacola to help it become a training base for American Magic, a yacht-racing team that is an America’s Cup challenger. The money, which will come from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund, will be used to design and renovate a warehouse that was damaged by Hurricane Sally in 2020. “Once complete, the warehouse will house advanced manufacturing and boat building, ocean sciences and maritime technology research and development, as well as marine industry testing,” a news release from DeSantis’ office said. DeSantis has discretion to use money from the Job Growth Grant Fund for regional infrastructure and job-training programs. The proposed state budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year includes $75 million for the fund, up from $50 million in the current fiscal year. The New York Yacht Club American Magic team made its first trip to the Panhandle port in July 2018 in advance of the 2021 America’s Cup. The team is planning to challenge for the 37th America’s Cup, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, in September and October 2024.
GOP builds voter registration edge (via News Service of Florida)
The Republican Party of Florida held a nearly 473,000-voter edge over the Florida Democratic Party as of April 30, continuing to widen a gap that began in 2021, according to data posted Monday on the state Division of Elections website. The GOP had 5,307,574 registered voters at the end of last month, while the Democratic Party had 4,834,794. Another 4,031,983 voters were registered without party affiliation, while 274,894 were registered with third parties. Democrats historically held a registration edge, but Republicans overtook them in 2021. Leading up to the November 2022 election, Republicans held about a 306,000-voter advantage. Republicans hold all statewide offices, a majority in Florida’s congressional delegation and supermajorities in the Florida House and Senate.
With token opposition, Ryan Chamberlin set to win HD24 (by Brian Burgess)