Last Call for 12.24.20 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

It’s an unusually cold Christmas in some parts of the state, and many Floridians have noticed that their seldom-used fireplaces aren’t just for decoration.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who doubles as the State Fire Marshal, has a tip for anyone tossing on some logs tonight: don’t forget to put it out.

The advice is evergreen, but it is doubly important on Christmas Eve — nobody wants to wake up to smoldering presents, or worse, a singed Santa cap.

“Tonight is the night many of us have been waiting for all year, as Santa Claus makes his stop in the Sunshine State. In addition to putting out the milk and cookies, it is critical that we prepare for his visit by extinguishing all fireplaces before you go to sleep so he can come down the chimney safely,” Patronis said.

Patronis added, “Also, don’t forget to use the NORAD Santa Tracker to view his progress as he makes his way around the world. Always remember the spirit of the season and enjoy this special time of year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”

Keeping the chimney clear

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