TAMPA (FOX 13) - Sunshine and tourism go hand-and-hand with the Florida economy. Now, lawmakers want to make sure the sunshine stays out at least one hour later, all year round.
“It is the intent of the legislature that Daylight Saving Time shall be the year-round standard time in the entire state and all of its political subdivisions,” said State Senator Greg Steube.
It’s all part of a law that is on the way to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. His signature would be the next step to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in Florida.
A recent study conducted by J.P. Morgan found that daylight saving time increases consumer spending, but not all residents are convinced that the change would be a good one.
If Florida does permanently stay on Daylight Saving Time, our times would be out of sync with the rest of the East Coast, potentially leading to massive headaches for travelers.
“It would be kind of weird being off from the rest of the East Coast, especially with the flights because I like to travel a little bit,” said Tampa resident Allison Foschia.
If Governor Scott does sign the bill, both Congress and the Department of Transportation would been to officially sign off.