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RON DESANTIS: CAPITOL HILL LONER, FOX NEWS FIXTURE, TRUMP FAVORITE IN FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S RACE
At Dunedin High School, classmates knew him as a super jock and a brilliant student. At Yale, the baseball coach barely hesitated naming the former team captain when an interviewer in 2002 asked if he ever managed someone of presidential material. Now running for Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, 39, has won the backing of President Donald Trump, billionaire donors across the country, and by many accounts is the most likely Republican nominee to lead America’s third-largest state. Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary profile the gubernatorial hopeful.
SOME HIGH-END CONDO BUYERS WANT MORE BEACH THAN BEACH DRIVE
For many high-end condo buyers, nothing can beat the urban buzz of downtown St. Petersburg and especially Beach Drive. Then there are those who would rather walk along a real beach instead of a row of restaurants. Who would rather see a pelican out their windows than the pilings of a $75 million pier. Those are the kind of buyers drawn to a place like Sunset Pointe at Collany Key, Susan Taylor Martin writes.
FLU SEASON IS STILL WORSENING; IT’S NOW AS BAD AS 2009 SWINE FLU
The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.
LIVE AT 1:30: RAYS STADIUM ANNOUNCEMENT
After years of speculation and courtship, the Tampa Bay Rays are announcing they want to relocate the team to Tampa. Check out our live blog starting at 1:30 p.m. for live coverage, and follow Steve Contorno @scontorno and Marc Topkin @tbtimes_rays for updates.
CELEB WATCH: BILLY JOEL, TONY BENNETT, JERRY SPRINGER, RIC FLAIR IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND
Billy Joel and Tony Bennett are just a few of the celebrities that are set to be in town Feb. 9-11. Here’s a roundup of who’s in town.