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Coronavirus comes for spring break: Locals close Florida beaches after governor refuses to | NBC News

Local officials in Florida towns and cities are taking it upon themselves to close beaches amid the coronavirus outbreak after Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to, even as spring breakers and others crowd the shores. At the height of the college break rush, DeSantis on Tuesday said he would not order the beaches closed, but he did …

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Florida church eliminates $7.2M in medical debt burdening 6,500 families

A Southern Baptist church in Florida will pay off over $7.2 million in crippling medical debt impacting over 6,500 individuals and families living at or below the poverty line in five Florida counties. Additionally, the church will also fund three foster homes for the next year.  Senior pastor Dan Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church in …

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Florida pastor stops burglar at church, holds him at gunpoint until cops arrive

Fox News – An armed pastor shut down a burglar in his tracks Thursday morning by holding the suspect who’d broken into his church at gunpoint until police could get there. Lead Pastor Brant Adams of Seminole Heights Baptist Church responded to an alarm going off at the church just past 1 a.m. Adams, who lives nearby, arrived along with a …

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Florida Fortifies Religious Freedom in Public Schools

Florida public school students will have added protection for expressing their faith on campus during the upcoming school year, thanks to a new law that went into effect July 1. Supporters say the bill just reiterates existing constitutional protections for religious liberty by listing specific practices with which educators cannot interfere. Opponents say the bill …

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Historic church near downtown Orlando becomes townhomes

Developer Mark Kinchla is wrapping up work on a unique transformation for the city of Orlando: turning a historic church into five townhomes. Kinchla will tell you, bluntly, why the renovation is unique here: “Orlando is not used to recognizing its history and is much more likely to tear down an old building than to …

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