Mary Ellen Klas, Tampa Bay Times

Mary Ellen Klas

Tampa Bay Times

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Recent articles by Mary:

DeSantis vows to use state funds to subsidize electricity, water and road repair costs after Ian

When asked if officials should have done more to underscore the danger of the storm surge that led to drowning deaths, the governor of Florida was combative. → Read More

Tips on filing Hurricane Ian insurance claims in Florida

Officials warn Floridians to be wary of disreputable claims adjusters, lawyers and roofing contractors who are poised to exploit the vulnerable. → Read More

DeSantis in Lee County vows to rebuild bridge, defends evacuation decisions in Ian

DeSantis and other state and local officials made statements after touring parts of Lee County on Friday. → Read More

DeSantis takes aerial tour of ‘biblical’ storm surge destruction of Sanibel

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has confirmed one storm-related death so far. → Read More

Most evacuated before Ian hit, but 31 on Florida barrier island among those who stayed

Local emergency officials say they believe the “vast majority” of the nearly 2.5 million people in evacuation zones along the path of Hurricane Ian heeded warnings and left. → Read More

Florida migrant flight money went to company tied to DeSantis adviser

Vertol Systems Company was paid $1.56 million by Florida for work it usually doesn’t do, but state officials are mum on why it got the job. → Read More

Nonprofit funded with FPL cash backed DeSantis’ 2018 campaign

Campaigns are not obligated to research the source of money given to them by donors. → Read More

DeSantis targets voters, not dark money, in election fraud probe

DeSantis touted the arrests of individual voters. He has so far been quieter about campaign finance questions related to FPL and others. → Read More

Florida arrested felons for election fraud. It also gave them voter IDs.

Advocates are urging those arrested to fight the charges. → Read More

DeSantis announces 20 voter fraud arrests of Floridians, calls it an ‘opening salvo’

The governor says those arrested were people ineligible to vote because of felonies. → Read More

This Florida utility’s secret cash helped GOP win Gainesville state Senate seat

“This is pretty much the nightmare scenario,” an expert on campaign finance says. → Read More

Ladapo tells Congress that Florida decision could limit kids’ vaccine access

The state surgeon general said he and Gov. DeSantis made the decision “together” not to preorder vaccines. → Read More

DeSantis vetoes bill that would have punished local governments for regulating business

“The broad and ambiguous language of the bill will lead to both unintended and unforeseen consequences and costly litigation,’’ DeSantis wrote in his veto message. → Read More

DeSantis vetoes bill that would have punished local governments for regulating business

Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered a blow to some businesses by vetoing a bill Friday that would have required taxpayers to pay damages if a local government ordinance results in a business losing 15% of its revenues. → Read More

DeSantis cuts GOP priorities as he approves $110B budget

He cut more than $3 billion in all. → Read More

Florida school safety bill on DeSantis’ desk focuses on mental health

Lawmakers during regular session passed the latest update to 2018 legislation that came in response to the deadly Parkland school shooting. → Read More

Report rejects Rebekah Jones’ claim that Florida doctored COVID data

The report came from the Florida Department of Health’s inspector general. → Read More

As cost of condo insurance soars, Florida legislators remain silent

The condo insurance market reflects the same problems as the larger homeowners property insurance market. → Read More

Florida Big Sugar’s campaign donations reach $6M in state races

But Florida clean water advocates are urging the public to support candidates who don’t take money from the industry. → Read More

Florida judge says DeSantis congressional map unconstitutional, says he’ll block it

The map was approved by Florida lawmakers during a special session after DeSantis vetoed the Legislature’s original plan. → Read More