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Latest on HB 7049 County Website-only Option

The new public notice law HB 7040, effective Jan. 1, 2023, allows counties or their designated entity to create and operate in place of newspaper notice a “publicly accessible website” to provide public notices and legal ads. If a county opts to set up such a site, other local government entities like municipalities and school…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I periodically receive requests to remove images from our website, sometimes due to an arrest and other times because the individual wants to scrub the internet of their likeness. What is the policy of the Florida Press Association on this, and does it really do any good if the image has been on the…
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Latest on HB 7049 for FPA Members Publishing Legal Notices

As you know, the new public notice law HB 7040, effective Jan. 1, 2023, allows counties or their designated entity to create and operate in place of newspaper notice a “publicly accessible website” to provide public notices and legal ads. If a county opts to set up such a site, other local government entities like…
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2023 Florida Media Conference dates and location announced

We’re excited to announce the 2023 Florida Media Conference will be held on July 20-21 at the beautiful Westin Resort in Sarasota! Hosted by the Florida Press Foundation, the Florida Media Conference is an annual event that brings together top Florida Media executives for two days of industry knowledge sharing, innovative ideas from vendors, and networking opportunities…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. We recently asked you about the Seminole Tribe compact for sport betting this past session that has prompted inquiries from existing, out-of-state, sports betting sites about advertising on our digital site. You gave us some pointers on what ads we can and cannot accept. Since then, there has been some developments in federal court,…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. If we accept political advertising from one candidate, does that obligate us to accept advertising from all candidates in that race? Or candidates in any race? I know we have to charge the same rate from candidate to candidate, but I didn’t see anything in your political advertising post that addressed when we may…
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CREDENTIALING NOW OPEN FOR “Race for the U.S. Senate” TELEVISED DEBATE Sen. Marco Rubio v Congresswoman Val Demings

The Florida Press Association is proud to host the Decision 2022 “Before You Vote” series with other partners and sponsors: The James Madison Institute, AARP Florida, Florida Trend, the Leroy Collins Institute, Florida Realtors, Florida Everglades Foundation, Florida League of Cities, WPBF 25 and Palm Beach State College. WPBF 25, the Hearst Television-owned ABC affiliate…
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Updates on New Public Notice Bill

What Type of Notices Can Be Published on the Publicly Accessible Website Option in HB 7049 (s. 50.0311, F.S.)? Questions have been raised about what type of legal ads and public notices can run on the new publicly accessible (county) website option? The short answer is that arguably the website option is only available to…
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Community leader, former Chronicle publisher, David Arthurs dies at age 92

Back when twin sisters Sandra “Sam” Himmel and Linda Van Allen were in high school, their dad called David Arthurs. Arthurs and the girls’ dad, Walt Connors, were Inverness business partners and friends, and Connors told him, “The girls need a job.” “Suddenly, we were employed by the Chronicle, stuffing papers once a week,” Van…
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