FLORIDA! We could soon truly be "The Sunshine State"!
Yesterday, the Florida Senate finally found something to agree on when they passed a bill for year-round Daylight Saving Time. The bill was passed with a vote of 33-2 and is now headed for Governor Rick Scott to make the final approval.
"The Sunshine Protection Act" as it's being called would switch Florida over from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time permanently. This meaning when the rest of the United States sets their clocks back in the fall, Florida wouldn't.
If this passes, Florida would be the third state in the country to not change their clocks joining Hawaii and most of Arizona on this matter.
For us as Floridians, this means sunrise would be at around 8:00 am and sunset at 6:30-7:00 pm instead of 7:00 am and 5:30 pm. Floridians hope this change will boost tourism and improve the overall quality of life for it's people.
“This is the first great step to putting more sunshine in our lives,” she said. “How many times have you gotten home from work in the winter time and you’d like to throw the football, dip a line in, or go out to dinner with your spouse? This will give people the opportunity to have more quality time when its nicest in Florida.”
-Representative Heather Fitzenhagen of Fort Myers
Source: Miami Herald