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Property owners sue over closed beaches

TALLAHASSEE — A group of homeowners including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is suing Walton County in federal court to overturn its closure of public and private beaches. The lawsuit filed Monday in U. S. District Court in Pensacola said the beach restrictions, made as part of the county’s response to the coronavirus, violates the Constitution and an April 1 "safer at home" order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that allowed recreational activities including walking, fishing and swimming.

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Florida COVID-19 cases jump to 12,350 with 221 deaths

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida increased to 12,350, up 199 cases from Sunday morning, according to data released Sunday evening by the Florida Department of Health. There were three additional deaths reported about 5 p.m. Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state up to 221. No additional deaths were reported in counties in Northeast Florida. The most recent death in Northeast Florida was a 54-year-old man in Putnam County, which was reported Friday.

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Coronavirus in Florida updates: COVID-19 cases tower 9,000 as totals make greatest leap yet

Thursday, a day after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home order, marks the hardest hit day for Florida in statewide coronavirus totals to date.  Statewide, COVID-19 case totals barrel toward 10,000, which projections indicate the state might hit before the weekend. Approximately 9,008 in the state have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to an evening advisory Thursday from the state Department of Health.  A day after surpassing 100 coronavirus fatalities, the state agency now says the number of patients to die of COVID-19 complications is 144. Approximately 1,167 are hospitalized for coronavirus.