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Land gift fulfills Subway founder's conservation vision

by PAT RAIA
Hernando Sun

Thanks to one of the largest land gifts ever given a US university, 27,000 acres of rural land in Osceola County will be used as a living classroom and laboratory for University of Florida (UF) students, faculty and researchers. Elisabeth DeLuca, the widow of Subway founder Fred Deluca, donated the land to UF in November. 

“Few things in this world are as precious — and threatened — as our untamed lands and the wild animals that live there,” said Elisabeth DeLuca.. “We need to preserve what we can for the benefit of all of us.” 

Hernando Schools State of Technology

At the School Board workshop on December 1, 2020, Supervisor of Technology and Information Services (TIS), Joseph G. Amato presented the district’s progress over the last year, as well as plans for the future where technology is concerned.  Amato credited his team with the successes of the year by saying, “This has been a really challenging year for everyone. We've had quite a bit to adjust to and quite a bit to adapt to, and I'm happy to say I think my team has done an outstanding job doing that.”

Florida labor contractor debarred from worker visa program

The U.S. Department of Labor debarred Florida H-2A Labor Contractor, Flo-Ag LLC and its principals Jose and Juan Flores for violating guest worker visa requirements.  This means the company is unable to request temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural worker visa program for two years.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined that the employer owed $45,212 in back wages to 113 employees.  The employer has since paid the back wages.