Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 4.8.21

Good Thursday morning.

Tweet, tweet:

Multiple sources close to @HalseyBeshears, fmr Sec’y of @FloridaDBPR under @GovRonDeSantis , tell @Fla_Pol that he is ‘third Florida Republican’ embroiled in the @MattGaetz & Joel Greenberg scandal.

Sources say he recently received a “target letter” from federal investigators. pic.twitter.com/IFpyHTJhFC

— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) April 7, 2021

As the vaccine rollout continues and state case numbers hover near pandemic-era lows, businesses are reporting improved confidence they’ll be able to keep their doors open.

Nearly seven in 10 Florida small businesses now believe they’ll be able to stay open for at least the next six months, according to Facebook’s latest “Global State of Small Business Report.”

The newest edition, released Thursday, breaks out data by state for the first time. The side-by-side put a positive light on the Sunshine State, with near-term small business confidence outpacing the national average.

Florida is also beating the baseline in several other metrics.

Five out of six (84%) Florida small businesses are operational or engaged in revenue-generating activities. The share is six points ahead of the national average. Likewise, 81% of minority-owned businesses and 85% of women-owned businesses are operating — the U.S. average is 73% and 75%, respectively.

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