Florida

Fearing Covid-19 Surge, Florida Officials Crack Down on Spring Breakers

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Nearly a year after some Florida spring breakers refused to let the coronavirus interrupt their parties and helped trigger a wave of lockdowns, this city is bracing for a fresh crop of revelers.

Though many colleges have canceled spring break to prevent students from congregating in vacation spots, officials here are expecting a large influx over the coming weeks. Flights and hotels are cheap. Brutal winter storms in much of the country left people yearning for an escape. And Florida’s pandemic rules on bars and nightclubs are more lenient than those in many states.

“We could potentially see

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Moxy Hotel opens in Miami Beach Florida

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The Upside rooftop bar at Moxy South Beach has views of the ocean and Miami Beach..

Another New York import has arrived in Miami Beach — but this one arrives with a tropical, Miami-meets-Havana style and bright, open-air layout.

From development group Lightstone comes the Moxy South Beach, the first resort-style property under Marriott International’s Moxy brand. Lightstone operates three Moxy hotels in New York, but the Miami version is something new. The 202-room, eight-story hotel, which is now officially open on Washington Avenue and accepting reservations, is focused on the idea of indoor-outdoor spaces, a

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Vacation rental rules threatened by Florida bills

If one Florida senator gets his way, local governments may soon lose control over one ever-expanding industry: short-term rentals

Florida Senate Bill 522 was filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah Gardens, in January and has been referred to the Regulated Industries, Commerce and Tourism and Rules committees. 

The bill essentially turns over the regulation, licensing and inspection of the short-term rental industry to the state, removing layers of control that currently exist at the city and county level. 

An identical bill was filed in the House in January. The regular session starts March 2. 

Diaz did not return

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This spot in the Florida Keys is one of the hottest travel destinations in the US

MIAMI — A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and travelers are ready to travel.



a view of a body of water: The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, one of the top U.S. vacation destinations.


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The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, one of the top U.S. vacation destinations.

And a lot of them apparently are eager to travel to Key West.

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Tripadvisor just released its 2021 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, and Key West is among the most popular destinations for travel in the United States, falling behind New York, Maui, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Key West’s popularity makes sense. More than half of the respondents to a recent Tripadvisor survey reported they

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